Commitment to environmental leadership

IBM's Corporate Policy on Environmental Affairs calls for environmental leadership in all of the company's business activities.

The phenomena of big data, cloud computing, and social and mobile technologies are changing business, society and the way the world works. At IBM, we are intent on enabling this transformation by providing technology, research and expertise to address grand environmental and sustainability challenges for our clients and the world. In doing so, we are building on a long history of protecting the environment.

IBM’s corporate environmental programs date back to the 1960s. In 1971, Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM’s CEO at the time, formalized the company’s commitment to environmental protection with our Corporate Policy on IBM’s Environmental Responsibilities. Updated a number of times over the years, that policy and the wide range of environmental programs supporting it have defined and driven IBM’s longstanding commitment to environmental leadership in all of our business activities.

As a company, we recognize the far-reaching impact we can make across all aspects of the environment — from conserving energy and natural resources and pollution prevention, to the environmentally responsible development and manufacturing processes we use in our operations, to products and solutions we provide our clients.

  • Since 1990, IBM’s conservation actions have saved 6.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity consumption, avoided 4.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and saved the company $550 million.
  • IBM has a 40-plus-year history of leadership in prohibiting or restricting substances of concern from our processes and products before regulatory requirements were imposed.
  • From 1995 through the end of 2014, IBM documented the collection and processing of approximately 2.1 billion pounds of product and product waste worldwide.
  • Our solutions are providing clients with unprecedented views of their data, improving decision-making, allocation of resources and overall operational efficiency to build a more sustainable planet.

This report marks a quarter century of our annual, voluntary corporate environmental reporting. Our business has changed over the decades and will continue to transform, but IBM’s commitment to environmental leadership will not.