Skip to main content

Awards &
Recognition 2011


100 Best Corporate Citizens

IBM was ranked #3 on the CR Magazine “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list in March 2011. In April of 2012 IBM moved up to the #2 ranking. The list is based on the Russell 1000 listing of large public corporations.

100 Most Reputable Companies

IBM was ranked #27 on the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most reputable companies, according to a survey of 48,000 consumers in 15 markets.

World’s Most Admired Companies

IBM was ranked #12 in the Fortune 2011 World’s Most Admired Companies list. In 2012, IBM moved up to #5.


2012 Gold Medal, World Environment Center

IBM received the World Environment Center’s 28th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development, becoming the first and only company to earn the award twice.

Inaugural Climate Leadership Award, Organizational Leadership

IBM received an inaugural Climate Leadership Award in the Organizational Leadership category in 2012 from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), The Climate Registry and the Association of Climate Change Officers. The award recognized IBM for its climate and energy program leadership, initiatives and sustained results.

#1 Ranking of World’s Greenest Companies, Newsweek

IBM was rated the #1 US (and #2 global) company in Newsweek’s annual “World’s Greenest Companies” ranking. The methodology compares a company’s environmental footprint, management (policies, initiatives, controversies) and transparency, and is then weighed by a panel of corporate sustainability consultants.

#1 Ranking, Supercomputing Green500TM List

IBM ranked #1 in the November 2011 Supercomputing Green500 List announced by The Green500 ranks the top 500 supercomputers in the world by energy efficiency. IBM’s Blue Gene/Q supercomputer holds the top five spots on the list. The list shows that five of the top 10 most energy efficient supercomputers in the world are built on IBM high-performance computing technology.

Top 12 Green IT Vendors, Computerworld

IBM ranked #6 in Computerworld’s Top 12 Green IT Vendors. This analysis rates technology vendors, data center suppliers and their end user organizations on their efforts to reduce energy consumption in their IT equipment, and to use technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions.

Corporate Energy Management International Award, AEE

IBM was recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) with its 2011 Corporate Energy Management International Award. AEE recognizes organizations and individuals that have achieved national and international prominence in promoting the practices and principles of energy engineering and energy management.

ISM Award for Excellence in Supply Management, Institute for Supply Management

IBM received the ISM Award for Excellence in Supply Management (the “R. Gene Richter Award”) from the Institute for Supply Management in the Sustainability category for 2011. The award recognized IBM for three initiatives including its Center of Excellence for Environmental Compliance/Social and Environmental Management System, Supply Chain Social Responsibility Initiative and Green ISC Initiative.

PM100 Awards

Three of the eight 2011 Progressive Manufacturing 100 (PM100) Awards IBM received were related to its environmental leadership. The awards recognized IBM for its Supply Chain Environmental and Corporate Responsibility Management System requirement, its Center of Excellence (CoE) for Product Environmental Compliance and its Environmental Reporting Tool (ERT). The PM100 Awards recognize companies from around the world that have achieved significant breakthroughs in innovation, the use of advanced technologies and the effective management of their businesses.

Business & The Environment Award, DECISION Magazine, UK

IBM received a 2011 Business & The Environment Award from DECISION magazine in the UK. The award recognized IBM for its best practices in the management of environmental and social requirements in its supply chain.

China Sustainability Award

IBM received a China Sustainability Award in recognition of excellence in sustainable development (environmental protection, society and economy) for both strategic planning and long term practices. This award was established in 2010 by, a Chinese portal website, and A.T. Kearney, a global consulting firm.

CIPEC Leadership Award, Canada

IBM Canada’s Bromont site received a Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award in the category “Integrated Energy Efficiency Strategy” at the Energy 2011 conference held in Toronto. IBM received the award in recognition of its significant and innovative contributions to energy efficiency.

Distinction Award for Energy Efficiency, Canada

IBM Canada᾿s Bromont site received the 2011 Distinction Award in the category of Energy Efficiency. The award was presented to IBM by the Agency for Energy Efficiency of Quebec and the Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce.

Vermont Governor’s Awards, US

IBM Burlington, Vermont, received two 2011 Vermont Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention for its nitrate reduction in waste water effluent and U-Tube scrubber design and installation. IBM also received a 2012 Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its work on perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) elimination in semiconductor manufacturing. IBM became the first in its industry to eliminate all known uses of PFOS and PFOA from its semiconductor manufacturing processes. The latest award marked 19 consecutive years that IBM has been recognized with at least one of these awards—which is every year the competition has been held.

Best Overall Energy Project in New England Award, US

IBM Burlington, Vermont, received the “2011 Best Overall Energy Project in New England Award” from the New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers for its “Free Cooling” project.

Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award, US

IBM East Fishkill, New York, received a 2011 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award in the small projects category from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) for the catalytic reduction of hydrogen peroxide in ammonia wastewater.

Smith Seal of North Carolina Sustainable Business Award—Lifetime Achievement, US

IBM Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, was recognized by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce with the 2011 Smith Seal of North Carolina Sustainable Business Award—Lifetime Achievement for Large Organization. The award recognizes businesses, not-for-profits, colleges/universities and municipalities that have embraced the spirit of sustainability by incorporating environmentally conscious practices into the everyday operations of the company, and making strides to improve the lives of their employees or community.


Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

IBM was recognized as the Top Corporation by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Mentor Award

IBM received the US Department of Energy Mentor Award.

Champion of Veterans Enterprise Award

IBM received the Champion of Veterans Enterprise Award from the National Veterans Small Business Coalition.

USHCC Million Dollar Club

IBM was recognized by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) as a member of its Million Dollar Club.

WBE Hall of Fame

IBM was inducted into the Women Business Enterprise (WBE) Hall of Fame.

Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year

IBM was named Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year by the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) for accomplishments with the Disability Supplier Diversity Program.

Disaster Relief
& Recovery

USA Corporate Partner Award

IBM, along with eBay, PayPal, and Neiman Marcus, received the USA Corporate Partner Award from Shelterbox, which provides humanitarian relief to families after disasters.