About This Report

About This Report

IBM’s Corporate Responsibility Report is published annually during the second quarter of the subsequent calendar year. This report covers our performance in 2013 and some notable activities during the first half of 2014.

In selecting the content for inclusion in our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, we have used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Reporting Principles of materiality, sustainability context, stakeholder inclusiveness, and completeness. A GRI report utilizing the GRI G3 Sustainability Guidelines at a self-declared GRI Applicant Level A, as well as additional details about IBM’s corporate responsibility activities and performance, can be found at our corporate responsibility website.

Unless otherwise noted, the data in this report covers our global operations. Information about our business and financial performance is provided in our 2013 Annual Report. IBM did not employ an external agency or organization to audit the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.

At IBM, we regularly review our strategy and approach to corporate responsibility to help us identify and focus on the issues of greatest relevance to our business and our stakeholder community. Given these priorities, in 2013 we engaged the Business for Social Responsibility consulting group to conduct a materiality analysis that maps corporate responsibility priorities to IBM’s business, IBM’s stakeholders, and the global society. This process is currently underway and we plan to use its findings in connection with our 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report.