IBM maintains goals covering the range of its environmental programs.
IBM’s goal is to achieve annual energy conservation savings equal to 3% of IBM’s total energy use in IBM managed space and data centers located in third-party co-location facilities.
|As % of total energy use||6.7||6.1*||4.8*||3.6*||3.3|
IBM’s second-generation renewable electricity procurement goal is to procure 55% of the electricity IBM consumes globally from renewable supplies by 2025, including both the amount directly contracted by IBM and amounts received automatically through the grid regions in which we operate.
|Renewable electricity procurement|
|As % of total electricity consumption||30.1||28.4*||30.6*||34.8*||37.9|
Our fourth-generation CO2 emissions reduction goal is to reduce operational CO2 emissions associated with IBM’s energy consumption at both IBM and third-party managed locations 40% by 2025 against the 2005 baseline, adjusted for acquisitions and divestitures.
|CO2 emissions reduction|
|As % of 2005 baseline CO2 emissions||24.2||22.6*||29.2*||30.1*||32.2|
IBM established a new goal in 2016 to achieve year-to-year reductions in water withdrawals at data centers and other large IBM locations in water-stressed regions.
|% annual reduction in water withdrawals at data centers and other large IBM locations in water-stressed regions||6.6||2.9||0.4|
Our goal is to send an average of 75% (by weight) of the nonhazardous waste generated at locations managed by IBM to be recycled.
|Nonhazardous waste recycling|
|% by weight sent for recycling of total generated*||85.9||85.2||86.3||87.8||89.6|
IBM’s product energy efficiency goal is to improve the computing power delivered for each kilowatt-hour of electricity used for each new generation of servers. In early 2019, IBM released three POWER9™-based servers, the S922, S924 and E950. These products improved the work delivered per unit of power consumed, as measured by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT), by 30-60% over previous generation POWER8®-based servers.
IBM has a goal to certify at least two-thirds of eligible new server products – and at least one storage product in each of three categories – to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program criteria. We certified the new IBM FlashSystem 900 storage product (9840-AE3) in 2018. In April 2019, IBM certified three POWER9-based servers, the S922, S924 and E950, representing three of the four ENERGY STAR eligible POWER9 server products.
As of May 2019, IBM had three Power Systems servers and eight storage products certified to the ENERGY STAR requirements. The Power Systems servers meet the EPA’s requirements for power-supply efficiency, idle power limits or power management capability, and SPEC SERT metric data reporting. The storage products meet requirements for power-supply efficiency and reporting of the Storage Networking Industry Association Emerald Power Efficiency Measurement Specification results.
IBM’s goal is to reuse or recycle end-of-life IT products such that the amount of product waste sent by IBM’s product end-of-life management (PELM) operations to landfills or incineration for treatment does not exceed a combined 3% (by weight) of the total amount processed.
|Product end-of-life management|
|% by weight of total processed sent by IBM’s PELM operations to landfill or incineration for treatment||0.5||0.7||0.6||0.7||0.7|
Social and environmental responsibility is integral to our relationships with over 13,000 suppliers worldwide.
|Supplier spending by category ($B)||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018|
|Services and general procurement||21.6||20.3||20.3||20.0||21.1|
|Supplier spending by location ($B)||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018|
|Europe, Middle East, Africa||6.9||5.8||5.6||5.5||5.8|
|First-tier spending ($B)|
|Total US ($B)||9.8||9.3||9.7||9.9||10.3|
|Diverse US ($B)||1.5||1.3||1.3||1.4||1.4|
|Diverse non-US ($M)||883||718||744||657||710|
Our innovative digital learning platform uses Watson AI technology to develop personalized plans for each IBMer, available 24/7 with resources to develop skills aligned with our company and each IBMer’s needs, interests and goals.
IBM is committed to reducing health and safety risks by eliminating or controlling hazards. Our health and safety programs are driven by evidence-based strategies, real time insights and innovative solutions – to help protect IBMers, our business, and the communities that we work in.
|Per capita investment ($K)||1,271||1,281||1,339||1,180||1,205|
|Total hours worldwide (M)||25.8||25.0||26.7||23.7||24.1|
|Hours per employee KPI|
|Investments worldwide ($M)|
|Global illness/injury rate||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018|
|Total per 100 employees||0.42||0.33||0.30||0.25||0.28|
Our social responsibility work mirrors our business — innovation, expertise and a dedication to the success of organizations that build stronger communities.
|Worldwide retiree/employee hours (K)|
|Contributions by type ($M)|
|Contributions by issue ($M)|
|Contributions by geography ($M)|
|Europe, Middle East, Africa||64.8||82.2||104.2||118.3||140.1|