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IBM celebrates 10th anniversary of single global ISO 14001 registration -- and more than three decades of environmental management leadership

IBM marks 10th anniversary of ISO 14001 registration

28 Dec 2007 -- In December 2007, IBM celebrated the tenth anniversary of its single global registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard. The anniversary is a laudable milestone recognizing IBM's leadership in global commitment and management for environmental protection. ISO 14001 is a voluntary international standard issued in September 1996 by the International Organization for Standardization. It identifies the elements of an EMS necessary for an organization to effectively manage its impact on the environment. IBM was the first major mulitnational to achieve a single global registration to the ISO 14001 standard - and the company achieved it within just one year of the finalization of the standard. The registration covers IBM's manufacturing, product design and development functions, and chemical-using research operations around the world, as well as some IBM country organizations that sought registration for other nonmanufacturing operations.

As noteworthy as the anniversary is, however, IBMers should be most proud of what was behind the company's achievement of this single global ISO 14001 registration - IBM's longstanding corporate commitment to environmental leadership and the global environmental management system IBM has had for decades to support its policy. Because of IBM's visionary environmental leadership and its commitment to operate to the same environmental standards everywhere in the world in which the company operates, it did not have to develop a new global EMS to meet the requirements of ISO 14001 on a global basis. The company only had to align its EMS with the ISO 14001 standard and have all of its sites or other functions seeking registration audited to the standard. A demonstration of the significance of IBM's leadership in environmental management is the fact that, to this day, only a few companies have been able to achieve a single global ISO 14001 registration. Most still achieve their registration on a site-by-site basis.

"IBM's robust and well-developed EMS fosters common solutions, continual improvement and worldwide consistency," said Patrick Aurrichio, IBM EMS Program Manager. "The result is a more effective and efficient EMS."

IBM's global ISO 14001 registration continues to expand. Additional IBM country organizations plan to be audited and added to IBM's ISO 14001 registration and other business functions plan to do the same.

IBM has been publicly committed to environmental leadership for more than three decades. CEO Thomas J. Watson, Jr. established IBM's first corporate environmental policy 36 years ago (in 1971). For more information, visit the IBM ISO 14001 Web page.