The world’s largest technology company, with approximately 380,000 employees, in over 175 countries has now been branded as one of the greenest technology companies in the whole of the USA. IBM also happened to be one of the first global giants to receive ISO 14001 certificationâ€¦coincidence?!
IBM’s Vice-President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, Wayne Balta describes how the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard has helped them:
â€œIBM’s corporate environmental policy commits the company to environmental leadership in all of its business activities. Our global EMS provides the framework needed to sustain such leadership and achieve our environmental goals in a systematic and consistent manner, no matter where we operate in the world. This methodical approach to environmental affairs management ensures IBM proactively focuses on controlling the environmental intersections of its operations and continually improves its performance.â€
Mr Balta also states that the whole process was a lot less daunting than he originally thought. They have seen a plethora of benefits including; between 1990 and 2014 IBM has avoided 6.8 million MWh of energy consumption. And in 2014 IBM achieved energy conservation savings of 6.7% of their total energy use.
The most common benefits of ISO 14001 are as follows:
- The Streamlining of environmental processes, reducing waste and the carbon footprint of your business
- Reducing tax, energy and insurance bills, lowering operating costs
- Reducing the risk of prosecution due to environmental breaches or failure to comply with the law and the associated bad PR
- Providing your business with the credentials to satisfy growing market demand and open up global business opportunities with a recognised mark of environmental efficiency
- Giving clients and those in your supply chain absolute confidence that your business will add value and support them in their own environmental policies.
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