NEWSWEEK Green Score: 82.5%
Environmental Impact: 78.8%
Environmental Management: 86.2%
Transparency & Disclosure: 83.0%
In 1971, IBM formalized (PDF) a corporate environmental policy designed to make the company an environmental leader in all of its business activities. In the intervening 40 years, many of the company’s environmental initiatives have truly been ahead of their time. IBM developed requirements (PDF) for secondary containment for underground storage tanks in 1979, while the EPA waited until 1985 to create the Office of Underground Storage Tanks, which was designed to develop regulatory programs for such tanks. More recently, IBM established rules requiring its suppliers to develop and sustain a corporate responsibility and environmental management system, and disclose performance.