Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

Every year, our corporate responsibility efforts are rated and recognized by a number of publications, advocacy groups, governments, and non-governmental organizations. We are proud to share some of that recognition here.

Corporate responsibility

In 2013, IBM was recognized on the following lists:


2013 Platts Global Energy Award

IBM won the 2013 Platts Global Energy Award in the category "Stewardship Awards, Efficiency Initiative—Commercial End-User" for its outstanding worldwide energy conservation results in 2012 and 2013. This annual awards program honors exemplary achievement in the energy industry, recognizing corporate and individual performance, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Top 25 Socially Responsible Dividend Stock, Dividend Channel

IBM was named a Top 25 Socially Responsible Dividend Stock by Dividend Channel, signifying a stock with above-average “DividendRank” statistics including a strong 2.0 percent yield, as well as being recognized by prominent asset managers as being a socially responsible investment. Environmental criteria included considerations such as the environmental impact of the company’s products and services, as well as the company’s efficiency in terms of its use of energy and resources.

United States

2014 Climate Leadership Award

IBM received a 2014 Climate Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry. The award recognized IBM for its ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and for being at the leading edge of setting requirements for suppliers to measure, disclose and reduce their emissions. This is the third consecutive Climate Leadership Award for IBM, having received one in 2012, the first year the awards were given, and 2013.

“One of Five Companies to Celebrate on Earth Day,” The Motley Fool

To mark Earth Day in 2013, The Motley Fool selected IBM as one of only five “companies to celebrate,” stating: "Perhaps more than any other major US corporation, IBM has been putting environmental stewardship front and center for over 30 years now." Also highlighted were IBM’s technological advancements and operational excellence in energy conservation and our Smarter Planet® initiatives that help others reduce their consumption of resources.

US EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

IBM's Leadership Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, earned the EPA's ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. This is IBM's first ENERGY STAR certified data center.

Vermont Governor’s Award

IBM Burlington, Vermont, received a 2014 Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its Photochemical Waste Reduction in Semi-Conductor Photolithography Process. IBM Burlington site engineers redesigned and qualified a device on a lithographic process tool called a “solvent block” that greatly reduced both the volume of cleaning solvent used and the waste of these manufacturing process chemicals. IBM also is the only entity in Vermont to receive recognition every year since the establishment of the award program in 1993.

Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award

IBM’s facilities in Burlington, Vermont, received a 2013 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. The award recognized IBM for the greenhouse gas use reductions it achieved through its development of a new Reactive Ion Etch process that increased productivity by 30 percent while significantly reducing the use of greenhouse gases and their associated emissions. The IBM Burlington site has received an MVP2 Award for five consecutive years.

Environment Achievement Award

IBM Rochester, Minnesota, received an Environmental Achievement Award for its outstanding promotion in conservation from Olmsted County and Rochester Public Utilities. The award recognized IBM Rochester’s work on chiller optimization and Smarter Buildings.


IBM Canada’s Bromont site received an Environmental Excellence Award in the large and medium industries and institution category from the Estrienne Environment Foundation for the site's energy management program and ISO 50001 implementation.

IBM Canada’s Bromont site received the Energia Award in the Recommissioning category from the Quebec Association for Energy Management (AQME). The recommissioning of heating, chilled water, and HVAC systems saved $2.3 million between 2007 and 2012 and improved the efficiency and reliability of these systems.

Hong Kong

IBM Hong Kong received the WasteWise Label—Class of Excellence award for its waste avoidance and reduction in the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence.


The Smarter Data Center in Guadalajara was recognized with the DatacenterDynamics LATAM (Latin America) award in the category of Smarter Data Center Energy Efficiency.

Supply chain

In 2013, IBM’s Supplier Diversity Program received much recognition for its efforts. Among the top honors were: