In selecting the content for inclusion in our 2015 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 G4 Sustainability Guidelines, 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 2015 Annual Report. IBM did not employ an external agency or organization to audit the 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report.
As we continue our journey to transform IBM into a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company, we regularly review our strategy and approach to corporate responsibility. This ongoing analysis helps us to identify and prioritize the issues of relevance to our business and our stakeholders. In 2014 we engaged Business for Social Responsibility, a global nonprofit business network and consultancy dedicated to sustainability, to conduct a materiality analysis. That analysis maps corporate responsibility priorities to IBM’s business strategy, stakeholders, and impact on global society. This process was completed in 2014 and the results have been considered in the approach and content of this report.