by Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM
But for the second consecutive year, IBM has topped Newsweek magazine’s “World’s Greenest Companies” list — checking in at Number 1 in the United States, and Number 2 worldwide. The Newsweek study compares such factors as environmental footprint, and management policies and transparency as evaluated by an independent panel of corporate sustainability experts.
IBM has been “measuring, managing, and voluntarily reporting on its environmental impact for more than 20 years,” according to Newsweek, and has encouraged its clients and partners to join in the effort. Along the way, IBM has saved 5.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, slashed CO2 emissions, and saved the company more than $400 million. That means energy efficiency, conservation, and sustainable practices make good business sense in addition to good environmental sense.