Diversity and Inclusion

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


year 2000

Diversity is a Competitive Advantage

Workforce Diversity is the bridge between the workplace and the marketplace, and as such, victory with the customer begins with winning in the workplace.


IBM created a $50 Million Global Work/Life Fund to support employee child and elder care needs around the world.

Kerrie Holley becomes IBM's first Black Distinguished Engineer.

In 2000 and 2001, the first GLBT global leadership conferences were held at IBM.

IBM announced its first global PwD product - Home Page Reader in eight languages.

IBM introduces the IBM eServer, a new generation of servers.

IBM is awarded the U.S. National Medal of Technology for the company's record of innovation in storage technology for the seventh time.


IBM co-sponsors La Familia Technology Week for the first time and holds nearly 50 events in 20 U.S. cities reaching 3,000 adults and children.

Global Work/Life Fund is extended into 2005.

IBM Canada opens first Child Care Center near its lab facility in Markham, Ontario.

IBM unveils the ThinkPad transNote, the world's first portfolio notebook combining a mobile computer with a digital notepad.


The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is supported by IBM. ENDA would create a new federal anti-discrimination law that would prohibit an employer, with 15 or more employees, from making a decision to hire, fire, promote or pay a person based on his or her sexual orientation.

IBM's Web Adaptation Technology named Product of the Year by the National Business and Disability Council.

Sandra K. Johnson named IBM's first Black woman member of the IBM Academy.

IBM added the terms "gender identity and expression" to our U.S. EO policy letter, and "sexual orientation, gender identity or expression" were added to our global employment policy letter.

Working Mother Magazine recognizes IBM as one of the top 100 Best Companies for working mother, for the 17th year in a row, and honored as one of the top 10 companies for the 15th year in a row.

IBM named Company of the Year by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers agree that IBM will acquire the former's global business consulting and technology services unit - PwC consulting.

IBM leads the world in generating the most U.S. patents — with 3,288 — for the tenth consecutive year, nearly doubling the output of the second most productive company.


IBM was recognized by Working Mother Magazine as one of the three Best Companies for Women of Color.

IBM named top company for women executives by National Association of Female Executives.

Chieko Asakawa, IBM's Group Leader, IBM Tokyo Research lab, Accessibility Research, became the ninth IBM woman inducted in the women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame.

IBM launches the Global Accessibility Center to make information technology more accessible to all people regardless of ability or disability.

IBM received the Samuel Fraunces Corporation of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and commitment to diversity and to minority business development.

Samuel J. Palmisano becomes Chairman and CEO of IBM.


IBM Fellow and Chief Architect, eServers, Ravi Arimilli, named Asian American Engineer of the Year by the Chinese Institute of Engineers in the U.S.

National Society of Black Engineers presents Employer of Choice - NSBE 50 - award to IBM for eighth consecutive year.

Pat Selinger, IBM Fellow and vice president, data management architecture and technology, IBM SoftwareGroup, becomes the 10th IBM woman to be inducted into the elite Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation gives IBM perfect 100 score on the Corporate Equality Index for third consecutive year.

The Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Corporation inducts Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president, technology and strategy into their Hall of Fame.

New Freedom Foundation's Best New Ability Research Award for IBM's Web Adaptation and ViaScribe technologies.

Working Mother magazine recognizes IBM as one of the 100 Best Companies for working mothers for the 19th year in a row, and honors IBM as one of the top 10 companies for the 17th year in a row.

IBM launches the Native American Family Technology Journey October 30-November 5 as part of its continuing corporate responsibility efforts to help bridge the digital divide by increasing technology education and computer literacy among Native American families and the Native American community.


The National Association for Female Executives places IBM number six among the top 30 companies for the number of women in senior ranks and the programs and policies which support women's advancement — the seventh consecutive year IBM has placed on the list.

Mark Loughridge, senior vice president and chief financial officer, and Randy MacDonald, senior vice president, Human Resources, named leaders in the work life movement by the Families and Work Institute.

Working Mother Magazine names IBM one of the best companies for women of color for third consecutive year.

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility ranks IBM the number one FORTUNE 100 company for Hispanics.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recognizes IBM with its first "Freedom to Compete Award" for its innovation and dedication to recruiting underrepresented university minorities, women and persons with disabilities through its Project View programs.