Skip to main content


April 13, 1998 

Dear Supplier: 

IBM has had a long-standing commitment to environmental leadership around the world, and its record demonstrates this commitment. For over 25 years, the company's environmental affairs policy has provided the framework for its Environmental Management System (EMS). Central to implementation of IBM's EMS are its environmental policy, programs, and performance. These are discussed in our annual environmental report. Recently, IBM earned a single worldwide registration under the new international standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001. 

ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that identifies the elements of an EMS necessary for an organization to effectively manage its impact on the environment. The ultimate objective of the standard is to integrate EMS with an organization's overall business processes and systems so that environmental considerations are a routine factor in business decisions, recognizing that good environmental management makes good business sense. 

IBM's commitment to environmental leadership includes doing business with environmentally responsible suppliers and its contracts require that you comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the work you do for IBM. The company is investigating opportunities to further integrate sound environmental management throughout its supply chain. 

IBM encourages you to align your EMS with the requirements of ISO 14001 and to pursue registration under this international standard. This message comes in light of the increasing worldwide interest in environmental affairs and as part of IBM's overall ISO 14001 strategy. We are interested in doing business with environmentally responsible suppliers and also believe that such registration can be of benefit to you. 

Should you have any questions regarding IBM and ISO 14001, please direct them to your procurement representative, or send an E-mail to jmp@hk1.ibm.com.

Sincerely,

Javier Urioste
Director of Policy, Strategy and International Operations 
IBM Global Procurement

13 Apr 98: Letter to suppliers on ISO 14001 40KB