Voluntary environmental initiatives

An important aspect of IBM's long-standing commitment to environmental leadership is its collaboration and participation with governments, nongovernmental organizations and industry. Examples of IBM's membership or involvement in voluntary partnerships and initiatives include:

Government partnerships and programs

  • Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry

Public and private voluntary disclosure initiatives

  • First semiconductor manufacturer to publicly announce and report against a numeric perfluorocompound (PFC) emissions reduction goal

Nongovernmental partnerships and initiatives

  • Wildlife Habitat Council - Seven IBM sites have had their land management and wildlife habitat programs certified

Business and industry partnerships and initiatives

Environmental standards initiatives

Eco-Patent Commons

The mission of the Eco-Patent Commons is to manage a collection of patents pledged for unencumbered use by companies and intellectual property rights holders around the world to make it easier and faster to innovate and implement industrial processes that improve and protect the global environment.

Since the launch of the Eco-Patent Commons by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes, Sony and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in January 2008, about 100 patents have been pledged by 11 companies representing a variety of industries. The Environmental Law Institute became the host organization in 2013.