EPA Recognizes IBM for Climate Change Leadership

               EPA Recognizes IBM for Climate Change Leadership

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --IBM(NYSE: IBM) today was recognized
for its supply chain leadership by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA). IBM was presented with a 2013 Climate Leadership Award in Washington,
D.C. by the EPA, the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for
Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry.

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IBM was cited for its ambitious emissions reduction goals, and for being at
the leading edge of setting requirements for suppliers to measure, disclose
and reduce their operational greenhouse gas emissions.

The Climate Leadership Award is a national program that recognizes exemplary
corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate
change. This year's recipients, who come from the public and private sectors,
have demonstrated leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
in internal operations and through the supply chain as well as integrating
climate resilience into their operating strategies.

"I commend IBM for leading by example with the company's outstanding actions
to help reduce carbon pollution," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator
for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "IBM and all our Climate Leadership
Award winners are tackling the challenge of climate change with practical,
common sense and cost-effective solutions to improve efficiency and cut
waste."

"For IBM, environmental leadership is essential to building a smarter planet,"
said Wayne Balta, IBM Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and
Product Safety. "We are always looking for ways to improve environmental
performance throughout the company, including supply chain management that
advance sustainability."

IBM is committed to doing business with environmentally responsible suppliers.
In 2010, the company communicated a new set of requirements to its
"first-tier" suppliers -- those firms with which IBM holds a direct commercial
relationship – requiring them to establish and sustain a management system to
address their corporate and environmental responsibilities. Specifically,
suppliers are required to:

  oDefine, deploy, and sustain a management system that addresses corporate
    responsibility, including supplier conduct and environmental protection
  oMeasure performance and establish quantifiable environmental goals
  oPublicly disclose results associated with these environmental goals and
    other environmental aspects of their management system
  oCascade these requirements to their own suppliers

IBM's sustainability initiatives go well beyond its corporate practices. Most
recently, IBM is collaborating with the University of Michigan's Erb Institute
for Global Sustainable Enterprise, together with the World Environment Center,
on a program that offers graduate students opportunities to work with leading
global companies while pursuing their studies in sustainability development.
The program, called the Erb/WEC Fellowships, is a part of IBM's efforts to
develop next-generation skills and real-life learning opportunities for
tomorrow's workforce.

For more information go to: http:///www.ibm.com/environment.

Contact:
Laurie Friedman, IBM
914 499 4608
laurie1@us.ibm.com



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