November 27, 2018 | Written by: Wayne Balta
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In 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at building a sustainable and inclusive world by the year 2030. These goals were unanimously committed to by 193 nations. In response, governments, businesses, civil society and the UN are mobilizing and working together to contribute towards the achievement of these goals.
But IBM’s commitment to global service and sustainability didn’t just begin in 2015. It is ingrained in our culture and our actions. More than 45 years before the goals were adopted, in 1969, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., IBM CEO, included the following commitment among our Basic Beliefs and Principles:
“We accept our responsibilities as a corporate citizen in community, national and world affairs; we serve our interests best when we serve the public interest…. We want to be at the forefront of those companies which are working to make our world a better place.”
I am very proud of our actions and results over the past half century, and the IBMers who have made them possible. I think we can truly say that IBM has lived up to the vision instilled in those basic beliefs and principles.
Today, our commitment to sustainability and the environment has never been stronger. We contribute towards the achievement of the UN SDGs through the proactive management of our internal operations and supply chain, through our corporate citizenship programs, through our diversity and inclusion practices, and most importantly, through the IBM products, solutions, and services that we offer to our clients. This week, we published a report mapping our internal and external activities to the 17 UN SDGs. Not surprisingly, you will see that we are not just contributing towards achieving one or two of the goals. We are contributing towards achieving all of them.
I want to thank all IBMers for their actions in support of our sustainability initiatives. We have once again demonstrated how IBM is truly one of the world’s most essential companies.
Wayne Balta is Vice President for Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM.
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