IBM’s annual Corporate Responsibility Report is published during the second quarter of the subsequent calendar year. This report covers our performance in 2016 and some notable activities during the first half of 2017.


In selecting the content for inclusion in our 2016 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 2016 Annual Report. IBM did not employ an external agency or organization to audit the 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.

As we continue our journey of innovation, transformation and leadership, 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.

Download the 2016 report