IBM's Global Environmental Management System conforms to ISO 50001 Standard on Energy Management Systems

First company in North America to be certified to ISO 50001 by Bureau Veritas Certification

11 Jul 2012 -- IBM today announced that it has successfully demonstrated conformance of its energy management program against the requirements of the ISO 50001 standard on energy management systems at a corporate level and as an integral component of the company's Global Environmental Management System (EMS). IBM became the first company in North America to achieve ISO 50001 certification, within one year of the release of the standard, by Bureau Veritas Certification.

IBM's energy management program dates back to 1974, when a formal corporate policy was issued calling for the conservation of energy and materials in all of IBM's activities. In the intervening years, IBM has sustained its energy management program and integrated it into the company's Global EMS. IBM was the first major company in the world to earn a single global registration to the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard in 1997.

With the issuance of the ISO 50001 standard on energy management systems by the International Organization for Standardization in June 2011, IBM set forth a strategy to achieve certification of its energy management program against the requirements of the standard as an integral component of its Global EMS. This approach recognizes and leverages the fact that IBM's existing Global EMS addresses both environment and energy management.

"IBM has long recognized the value and importance of strong management systems. Our global environmental management system dates back to the late 1960s and our commitment to energy conservation and our supporting programs were added to it in 1974," said Wayne Balta, IBM's Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety. "We are pleased that this certification further recognizes that our best practices for energy use and conservation are fully integrated in IBM's global environmental management system."

This achievement is yet another validation of the robustness of IBM's Global EMS, and a reaffirmation of the company's belief that an effective management system enables consistent global execution of requirements and continual improvement.