Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity of people.
Diversity of thought.
A smarter planet for everyone.


Marketplace recognition

Acknowledgment of IBM's commitment and accomplishments in supporting diversity has come from a broad spectrum of organizations and publications. We appreciate that the marketplace has recognized our efforts consistently throughout the years.

General Diversity

Year Award
2014DiversityInc named IBM #2 on its Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity
2013IBM named joint winner of the Inclusive Workplace of the Year Award at the Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Awards
2013IBM shared the win for Most popular employer 2013 award from the Jól-Lét organisation in Hungary
2013DiversityInc named IBM #1 on its Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity
2013DiversityBusiness.com ranks IBM in Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities
2012IBM awarded Best Workplace Diversity Strategy at the Australia HR Awards
2012DiversityInc named IBM #1 on its Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity list
2012DiversityBusiness.com ranks IBM in Top 50 "Multicultural Business Opportunities" list
2012NILA 2011 Magazine published a "Thank You IBM " article.
2011IBM named among the top 5 companies for multicultural women by Working Mother Media.
2011IBM Japan won the grand prize of Toyo Keizai Diversity Management award 2011.
2011Institutional Investor ranks IBM in top three positions in IT Hardware sector's 2012. All-America Executive Team: Best Investor Relations, and Best CEOs, CFOs and Investor Relations Professionals.
2011IBM receives the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award
2011IBM Corp. ranks #7 on the 2011 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list
2010IBM is ranked No. 1 among the Top 100 Hong Kong Leading Graduate Employers
2010IBM wins 2010 Inaugural International Health Promotion Award
2010IBM HR wins the Employee Resource Group of the Year award from US Business Leadership Network
2010DiversityInc names IBM the No. 1 company for global diversity
2010IBM Austria awarded the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber "DiversCity" Award
2010IBM ranks #8 on DiversityInc's Top 50 list
2010IBM ranks #4 on Barron's World's Most Respected Companies list


Year Award
2013IBM named “Best Company for Mentoring” at the Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Awards
2013IBM Malaysia "Life at Work Award" by the Women, Family, and Community Development Ministry of Malaysia
2012IBM Singapore recognized as most attractive employer for mature workers – Randstad
2012IBM Singapore recognized as Top 5 Ideal Graduate employer and Ideal Employer in IT
2012IBM China Elected as one of China's Most Respected Companies for 10th consecutive year
2011IBM ranked most preferred employer by engineering students in India (Firstnaukri.com survey) and students in Singapore (Penn Olson survey).
2010Top 10 Companies for Asian Americans Award presented by NAAMBA (National Association of Asian MBA's) & Asian Enterprise Magazine


Year Award
2012IBM named among top 40 companies for diversity (Black Enterprise Magazine).
2011Black Enterprise Magazine named Rod Adkins Corporate Executive of the Year.
2011IBM named among top 40 companies for diversity (Black Enterprise Magazine).
2011Kelvin Hawkins honored for Career Achievement in Industry, Black Engineer of the Year Awards. (BEYA).
2011Gary Collins honored for Technical Sales & Marketing, Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA).
2010IBM named among top 40 Companies for Diversity Employers by Black Enterprise Magazine
2010IBM named among top companies for the 2010 Best Companies for Blacks in Technology by Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) and workplacediversity.com


Year Award
2012Latina Style ranks IBM #16 for diversity and inclusion.
2011GMiS-HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) honored Fernando Guarin, Ph.D., STG, with a Lifetime Achievement award, and Luis Lastras Montanos, Ph.D., IBM Research, with a Luminary Award.
2010Luis Lastras Montanos, Ph.D., IBM Research received the Hispanics in Technology Award at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Conference. David Silva, IBM Software Group, received the Diversity Award.
2010One of the Top 50 Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States by Latina Style Magazine

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

Year Award
2014IBM has been named this year’s most LGBT-inclusive employer in the world by Amsterdam-based Workplace Pride Foundation
2014DiversityInc named IBM #9 on its Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
2014IBM Australia was named a Top 10 Gold Category Employer at the Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards organised by Pride in Diversity.
2014IBM Scores 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for the 12th consecutive year
2013IBM in Germany earns the HR Excellence Award 2013 for our Worldwide LGBT Reverse Mentoring Program
2013IBM in France was awarded the Diversity Grand Prix 2013 by l'Autre Cercle, in recognition of IBM’s pioneering role in France leading diversity and for its exemplarity and the persistence of its actions and advocacy role, in particular towards the inclusion of LGBT people in the workplace.
2013IBM is number 1 in Stonewall's Global Equality Index 2013
2013DiversityInc named IBM #4 on its Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
2013IBM Scores 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index 2013 for the 11th consecutive year
2012IBM Australia ranked 3rd in the Top 10 Employer List for the Year at the Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards
2012IBM Australia EAGLE Networking Group received a Star Performing Network Group Award at the Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index Awards
2012Harry van Dorenmalen (Chairman of IBM Europe) wins the 2012 Out & Equal Champion Award
2012Retired IBM VP Charles Lickel named NOGLSTP Engineer of the Year
2012LGBT Council Co-Chair and Out Executive Claudia Brind-Woody is on the World Pride Power list of the 100 most influential LGBT people of the year
2012IBM awarded second place, in Stonewall's first global workplace equality index
2011Claudia Woody wins the 2011 Out & Equal Trailblazer Award.
2011IBM ranks 5th in the Stonewall Equality Index
2011Charles Lickel receives the Nico Habermann Award
2011IBM Australia wins 3 out of 4 inaugural Pride in Diversity Awards: Network Group of the Year 2011, Top Private Sector Employer 2011 and Australian GLBT Employer of the Year 2011
2011Fred Balboni is among Consulting Magazine's Top 25 consultants of 2011
2011Claudia Woody, one of our Global GLBT Council Co-chairs, is featured in Go Magazine's 100 Women we Love 2011
2010AbaF Partnering Award: Midsumma Festival and IBM Australia
2010IBM Germany wins a GLBT Diversity Award from Voelklinger Kreis (Max-Spohr-Preis)
2010IBM Scores 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index 2010 for the 8th consecutive year
2010IBM wins 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Excellence Award
2010IBM ranks 1st on The International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) Business Equality Index for most GLBT friendly companies in the world.
2010IBM #1 in the Stonewall Equality Index

Native American Heritage

Year Award
2013IBM selected as one of Top 50 Best STEM Workplaces for Native Americans and Alaska Natives by Winds of Change magazine
2011American Indian Science & Engineering Society honored Terry Braun with the Executive Excellence Award.
2010IBM received the First American Corporate Leadership Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
2010IBM receives a Certificate of Thanks from the Indigenous Language Institute for it's continued support in language preservation

People with Disabilities

Year Award
2014DiversityInc named IBM #4 on its Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities
2013DiversityInc named IBM #3 on its Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities
2012DiversityInc named IBM #2 on its Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities
2011USBLN Annual Leadership Awards: Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year.
2011NTID Center on Employment Outstanding Employer Partner Award.
2011IBM Canada received the annual award for outstanding support to the Canadian Helen Keller Center.
2011Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award, Leadership Category awarded to Chieko Asakawa
2011To IBM Italia SpA (awarded for workplace inclusion and integration of people with disabilities) presented by Province of Milan
2011Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities by DiversityInc.
2011Murali C Sharma recognized as a visually-challenged role model by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) for his extraordinary performance as a professional.
2011"Trophies Handifriends" awarded to University of Nantes for its partnership with IBM France.
2010IBM US, No. 1 company for People with Disabilities, DiversityInc's Top 10 list
2010IBM US, Visionary Leadership Award from Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation
2010IBM Australia, 'Organisation' category winner, Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (Victoria) Awards (ASLIAA)
2010IBM Australia, 'Fair Go' Award, Australian Sign Language Interpreters' Association and the NSW division of Deaf Australia
2010IBM China, Best Individual for Outstanding Achievement in helping PwD Awarded to DC Chien, General Manager, Greater China Group, from Beijing Disabled Persons' Federation


Year Award
2014IBM named to top 10 spot on the 2014 Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women list
2014IBM named to The Top 10 of the 2014 NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women and to Hall of Fame (16 years as a Best Company for Multicultural Women)
2013IBM Named in Top 10 of Working Mother's 100 Best Companies
2013IBM listed in Top 10 of the 2013 NAFE Working Mothers Top 50 Companies for Executive Women
2012IBM China is first runner-up as Employer of Choice for Women in the Women In Leadership Forum, Shanghai
2012IBM Korea won Prime Minster Award for Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace
2012IBM listed in Top 10 of the 2012 NAFE Working Mothers Top 50 Companies for Executive Women
2012IBM named one of the 25 "Best Companies for Multicultural Women" by Working Mother
2012Working Mother named IBM to Working Mother's Top 100 Best Companies list
2012IBM received the Employer of Choice for Women Citation from the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA)
2011Working Mother Magazine: IBM is in 2011 Working Mother 100 Best Companies
2011National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) Top companies list
2011IBM Australia awarded Employer of Choice for Women Citation from the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency
2011IBM Japan ranked Top in Nikkei Woman's "Top 100 Companies that promote women's roles in the workplace"
2011IBM received the 2011 Anita Borg Top Company for Technical Women Award
2011Dr. Chieko Asakawa, IBM Research, Japan, recognized with a prestigious Women of Vision Award


Year Award
2013IBM named to N.C. Family-Friendly 50 company list by Carolina Parenting Inc.
2013IBM Singapore won the Work-Life Excellence Awards for the third consecutive time (2008, 2010, 2012)
2012IBM Malaysia won the Malaysian Prime Minister's Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Family Friendly Workplaces
2012IBM is recognized as a 2012 N.C. Family-Friendly 50 Company* by Carolina Parenting Inc.
2011IBM given the "Work/Life Balance Award 2011" by the Japan Productivity Center.
2011Carolina Parenting Inc. announced IBM as one of the 2011 N.C. Family-Friendly 50 Companies.
2011IBM Singapore is "Most Desired Companies to Work For" on "Working Parents Category" and "Top 5 Overall Category" in a PeopleSearch and Boardroom Research survey
2010Best Achievement of Supporting Gender Equality and Work/Life Balance by the ministry Health, Labor and Welfare. (Japan)
20102010 Work/Life Excellence Award from Singapore Ministry of Manpower
2010Government "Fair & Flexible Employer" Award (ANZ)
2010Boston College Center for Work and Families Founding Member (US/Global)
2010Best Employer for Working Parents (Netherlands)
2010First place in Great Place to Work 2010 survey 3 consecutive years (Uruguay)
2010IBM Mexico was awarded as Family Friendly Company