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Every year, IBM is rated and recognized by publications, advocacy groups, governments and non-governmental organizations around the world for our corporate responsibility efforts. We are proud to share highlights of our recognition at a local, regional, national and international level.

  • Fortune — Most Admired Companies
  • Fortune — First “Change the World” list
  • Fortune — The Most Powerful Women, Ginni Rometty
  • Forbes— World’s Most Valuable Brands
  • Interbrand — Best Global Brands

Corporate responsibility

  • CR Magazine — 100 Best Corporate Citizens
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America
  • EcoVadis — Gold-level CSR rating
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation — Best Corporate Steward Award, Large Business

Community impact

  • PYXERA Global — Purposeful Global Engagement Pioneer Award
  • US2020 — 2015 National STEM mentoring award, Excellence in Corporate Culture
  • Tech Insider — 13 Most Innovative Schools in the World, P-TECH
  • Webby Award — People’s Voice Award, IBM’s World Community Grid website
  • Atlantic Media/Allstate Renewal Awards — One of America's Best Social Innovators, P-TECH
  • Startup Noodle — Among America's Most Innovative Schools, P-TECH


  • DiversityInc. — Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity
  • National Association of Female Executives — Top 50 Companies for Female Executives
  • Working Mother — Top 10 Companies for Multicultural Women
  • Working Mother — 100 Best Companies
  • Workplace Pride Foundation — World’s Most LGBT-Inclusive Company
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation — Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
  • Stonewall Global Equity Index — Star Performer LGBT-friendly workplace
  • Association of Talent Development — 2015 Excellence in Practice Awards
  • Ragan Communications — Best Employee Advocacy Program Award
  • Brandon Hall Group — Two Gold Awards, Measuring the Impact of Leadership and Learning Measurement


United States
2016 Climate Leadership Award
IBM received a 2016 Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry. The award was in the category of Excellence in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management (Goal Setting), which recognized IBM for setting a third-generation GHG emissions reduction goal. IBM has received four Climate Leadership Awards since the award program’s launch in 2012, and is the first recipient to win an award in each of the four award categories recognizing individual organizations.

2016 AmeriStar Award
IBM received a 2016 AmeriStar Award from the Institute of Packaging Professionals for its IBM System z® rack packaging for domestic U.S. shipments, which utilizes on-caster deliveries and a compostable mushroom-based material. IBM’s entry won in the electronics category. The AmeriStar Award honors outstanding contributions to the packaging community.

2015 Chairman’s Award
IBM received the 2015 Chairman’s Award from the Alliance to Save Energy. The Chairman’s Award is presented to an individual or organization that has shown exemplary service to the cause of energy efficiency. IBM was recognized for its long-standing and comprehensive global energy management program, as well as the impressive results that we achieved.

Green Power Partners
Three IBM SoftLayer® cloud data centers in Texas were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Green Power Partners. At these locations, 100 percent of the electricity consumed is generated by wind.

Ethics in Business and Community Award
IBM Austin, Texas, received an Ethics in Business and Community Award in the large business category from RecognizeGood, a nonprofit working locally to promote the good work of individuals, businesses and other nonprofits in the community. The award recognized IBM Austin’s overall business practices, including a significant commitment to environmental leadership and performance.

Colorado Environmental Leadership Program — Gold Leader
IBM Boulder, Colorado, was recognized as a Gold Leader in the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The award recognized IBM Boulder’s environmental management system, environmental goals and record of compliance. The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program is a voluntary program recognizing Colorado entities that go beyond compliance with environmental regulations and reach toward the goal of sustainability.

Business Recycling Achievement Award — Excellence in Recycling
IBM Gaithersburg, Maryland, received a Business Recycling Achievement Award — Excellence in Recycling from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. The award recognized the site for recycling a high percentage of its waste stream.

Bike Friendly Business Award
IBM Rochester, Minnesota, received a Bike Friendly Business Award — Bronze Level from the League of American Bicyclists. The award recognized IBM Rochester’s investment in construction and maintenance of 3.7 miles of on-site bike trails. IBM also partnered with the city of Rochester by providing an easement in 2013 to allow for the interconnection of the site’s bike trails with the city of Rochester bicycle trails and Douglas State Trail. The site provides bike rack parking close to buildings and locker and shower facilities to accommodate employees who ride to work.

General Rumiñahui Award for Social Responsibility Best Practices
IBM Ecuador received a General Rumiñahui Award for Social Responsibility Best Practices from the Pichincha provincial government. The award recognizes companies for their good practices in areas such as human rights, social responsibility, community investment and environmental practices.

Environmental Excellence Award
IBM Mexico received an Environmental Excellence Award from the Mexican Federal Environmental Protection and Enforcement Agency (PROFEPA) for its outstanding commitment to environmental protection, preservation and social responsibility, and for continuous improvements in environmental performance. IBM’s implementation of EPA’s SmartWay program for all our shipments of goods in Mexico, and the development and execution of two Smarter Cities® projects, were among the programs and projects recognized by the award. IBM Mexico has been certified under PROFEPA’s Clean Industry Program since 2005.

Outstanding Energy Award
IBM Philippines received an Outstanding Energy Award from the Philippine Department of Energy in the 2015 Don Emilio Abello Energy Efficiency Awards for energy savings and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions avoidance.

Supply Chain

  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council — One of America’s Top Corporations and the William J. Alcorn Leadership Award
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council — Top Global Program for Supplier Diversity
  • U.K. Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion — Global Diversity Award
  • Minority Business News — One of America’s Most Admired Corporations for Supplier Diversity and Champion for Supplier Diversity
  • United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — Million Dollar Club
  • Asian Enterprise — One of the top corporations for Asian-American owned businesses
  • DiversityInc. — Ranked #1 for providing opportunities to diverse businesses
  • DiversityPlus — One of the Top 30 Champions of Diversity
  • MSD China — Corporation of the Year and Top Contributor in Supplier Diversity
  • U.S. Business Leadership Network — Top corporation for disability-owned businesses
  • U.S. Department of Treasury — Mentor Protégé of the Year Award
  • Women’s Enterprise USA — Top leaders for Supplier Diversity