Technology giant, IBM, has just been awarded the number one spot in Newsweek’s Green Rankings, which grades the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the United States.
“Environmental sustainability benefits our clients, our company and the planet, and we are constantly striving for continual improvement,” said Wayne Balta, IBM’s vice president of corporate environmental affairs and product safety. “We are grateful for this recognition as it reflects the long-term commitment of IBM and its people to environmental leadership throughout the company’s global business operations.”
This marks the second year in a row that IBM has received this honor for their industry-leading environmental policies.
The company was not content with their 2011 ranking, increasing their score from 82.5 to 82.9.
Since 1967, IBM has had formalized corporate policies which provide for protecting the environment and conserving energy and natural resources. The company does this by continually looking for ways to reduce their use of chemicals, water, energy, and other resources in all phases of business; from research to development to manufacturing. IBM also designs their products with energy-efficient materials that are capable of being reused, recycled, or safely disposed of, and they require their suppliers to abide by similar environmentally responsible policies as well. In addition, IBM uses its expertise, research and technology to pioneer new ways for their company and their clients to be more efficient and protective of the environment. They offer their resulting innovations to help the world discover cutting-edge solutions to the most challenging environmental problems.
Clearly, IBM is succeeding, as their environmental policy has shown that a company can be a pioneer in business, technology, and innovation, while being a leader in protecting the environment at the same time.