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IBM incorporates social and environmental responsibility in our relationships with approximately 14,000 suppliers in nearly 100 countries. We understand the potential for progress in a supply chain of this scale, and invest in a range of initiatives to promote sustainable performance as a shared objective.

IBM’s global supplier spending was $25.8 billion, down $4.5 billion in 2015, affected by decreased revenue across IBM’s product and services lines, by the completed divestiture of our Microelectronics business to GlobalFoundries, and from leveraging marketplace pricing opportunities. Production Procurement, Logistics Procurement and diverse-supplier spending had the largest percentage decrease owing to the divestiture. Geographic distribution of supplier spending remained consistent, as our supply base is positioned to serve the needs of our clients on a global basis.

2015 supplier spending by category

  • 79% Services & general procurement ($20.3B)
  • 18% Production procurement ($4.7B)
  • 3% Logistics procurement ($0.8B)
  • 79% Services & general procurement ($20.3B)
  • 18% Production procurement ($4.7B)
  • 3% Logistics procurement ($0.8B)

2015 supplier spending by location

  • 42% North America ($10.8B)
  • 31% Asia Pacific ($8B)
  • 22% Europe, Middle East, Africa ($5.8B)
  • 5% Latin America ($1.2B)
  • 42% North America ($10.8B)
  • 31% Asia Pacific ($8B)
  • 22% Europe, Middle East, Africa ($5.8B)
  • 5% Latin America ($1.2B)

The following lists of suppliers — and links to their responsibility reports and/or related websites — represent a significant portion of IBM’s global expenditures.

In 2015, half of our suppliers listed below published corporate responsibility reports, and nearly 90 percent of those published are mapped to the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines — with most to the latest G4 criteria. Going forward, we encourage our suppliers without public reporting to take that step as a means to further expand the transparency of the supply chain.

In 2015, slightly over 85 percent of our global spending in Production and Logistics Procurement (in support of our hardware and logistics business operations) occurred with the following 50 firms:

In Services and General Procurement (supporting our software, services and overall operations) approximately 45 percent of our global spending was with the following 50 firms: