Wednesday, April 21, 2010

IBM Goes Greener for Earth Day

Timed perfectly with Earth Day, IBM's procurement arm has come out with a bold effort requiring its 30,000 suppliers in 60 countries  to advance their sustainability efforts.  More specifically, IBM’s suppliers are now required to:
  • define, deploy, and sustain a management system that addresses corporate responsibility, including supplier conduct and environmental protection;
  • measure performance and establish voluntary, quantifiable environmental goals;
  • publicly disclose results associated with these voluntary environmental goals and other environmental aspects of their management systems
While no deadline has been put in place, John Paterson, IBM's CPO hopes to have compliance by 2011.  And when you have more than $30 billion in spend you have the weight to toss around to make it happen.  I think John says it best in this quote in the NY Times“Ultimately, if a supplier cannot be compliant with requirements on the environment and sustainability, we’ll stop doing business with them,” he said

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4 comments:

Blogger said...

First off, I like the title of your blog. Glad to have found this on Inbound Logistic's Blogosphere.

Second off, after searching for how companies in logistics celebrated their Earth Day, I was excited to see IBMs initatives here. We a lot with green shipping and biodiesel transportation but there is always room for improvement in seeing what the big corporations are doing.

Have you gotten any other feedback on how other logistics companies are becoming sustainable?

Christopher Sciacca said...

Thanks for your comments.

Yes, I am familiar with what UPS is doing in mapping out direct routes and eliminating left hard turns to avoid getting caught at traffic lights.

And a few ocean freight shippers are looking at how kites can be used to catch the air so they can shut off the engines.

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