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
- California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Green Ribbon Science Panel
- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
- EU Data Center Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency Participant and Stakeholder
- Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry
- U.S. Department of Energy's Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Emissions (1605b) Reporting (since its inception)
- U.S. EPA Design for Environment project on flame retardants in printed circuit boards
- U.S. EPA Design for Environment study of lead free solders
- U.S. EPA Design for Environment study on life cycle environmental impacts of computer displays
- U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR® (charter member)
- U.S. EPA Environmentally Sound Management Standards for Electronic Products
- U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership - Site level (Costa Mesa, CA, Foster City, CA, and three SoftLayer, an IBM Company, cloud data centers in TX)
- U.S. EPA SmartWaySM Transport Partnership
- U.S. EPA WasteWise Program
Public and private voluntary disclosure initiatives
- First semiconductor manufacturer to publicly announce and report against a numeric perfluorocompound (PFC) emissions reduction goal
- Reporting on IBM's corporate environmental programs and performance annually since 1990
- Voluntary reporting under the Carbon Disclosure Project (since its inception)
- Voluntary reporting under the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) since 2006
Nongovernmental partnerships and initiatives
- Best Workplaces for Commuters
- Fleets for Change (Supporter)
- Pew Center on Global Climate Change - Business Environmental Leadership Council (first IT company invited to join)
- Wildlife Habitat Council - Seven IBM sites have had their land management and wildlife habitat programs certified
- World Environment Center's International Environment Forum
- The Nature Conservancy/Rivers for Tomorrow
Business and industry partnerships and initiatives
- Business Roundtable Climate Resolve
- Charter member of Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
- Charter member of Product Stewardship -- Canada (which helped established Alberta Electronic Recycling system)
- Charter participant in industry alliance's development of the regulatory tracking service, EIA TRACK, for electronic industry
- DIGITAL EUROPE - Environmental Policy Group
- EU Information and Communication Technologies for Energy Efficiency (ICT4EE) Forum
- Founding member of the Eco-Patent Commons
- Germany Lower Saxony Governmental Working Group on "Electronic Products and Resource Efficiency"
- Information Technology Industry Council's Environmental Leadership Council
- Led coalition of manufacturers in support of California's successful product recycling legislation for video display products
- Led establishment of SWICO Electronic Recycling System in Switzerland in 1994 - First comprehensive national recycling system for electronic products in the world
- Led formation of industry electronics recycling systems in Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland before the EU's WEEE legislation
- Lisbon Council: Eco-innovators Network
- OECD Working Group on "Sustainable Manufacturing & Eco-innovation"
- Participate in the High Density Packaging User Group evaluation of hazardous materials used in electronic products
- Participate in the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) Lead-Free Technology Working Groups
- The Green GridSM (founding member)
Environmental standards initiatives
- China RoHS Standards Working Group
- ECMA 328 Standard, "Determination of Chemical Emission Rates from Electronic Equipment"
- ECMA 341 Standard, "Environmental design considerations for electronic products"
- ECMA 370 Standard, "The Eco Declaration"
- European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC): Technical committee 111X "Environmental aspects for electrical and electronic products and systems"
- International Electrotechnical Commission: Technical committee 111 "Environmental aspects for electrical and electronic products and systems"
- International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC 62321) RoHS Test Standards
- ISO 14000 Technical Committees for Environmental Management System Standards
- ISO 14025:2006, "Environmental labels and declarations - Type III environmental declarations - Principles and procedures"
- The Green Grid: Chair of the SERT and SNIA Emerald Analysis Working Groups