- Environmental compliance certification form (for IBM packaging suppliers): This form provides an automatic certification/notification process and an annual renewal/recertification process for our suppliers to stay on top of our environmental packaging mandates and customer requests in the face of ever-growing compliance requirements.
- Product packaging data form: This database is used to collect and document IBM and OEM package and product design and distribution details (weights, dimensions, unit load configurations, safe stacking requirements, etc.) as well as environmental materials data on products and packaging built by and for IBM.
We (IBM) are required by law to pay fees on imports into European Union (EU) member state consortiums and schemes (and expanding into other regions of the world) to facilitate the disposal/recycling of packaging waste. If an IBM solution or consolidated shipment contains an IBM/Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) manufactured item, that item is considered "imported by IBM" and, as such, is subject to these same fees. The fees are based on the types and amounts of packaging materials, and this information is collected on the Electronic Supply Chain Interlock package (ESI Pkg) database form. If an IBM/OEM item is an orderable entity and can end up in the hands of a customer or business partner, then we need a package data form created for it. There are a couple of ways to do this:
The OEM representative can register on the ESI Pkg database themselves and load the data directly. Here are the registration instructions for a non-IBMer:
- For OEM items: Someone from IBM (package engineer, developer, procurement) who deals with that OEM can contact the OEM, collect the data, and then enter it onto the form. This requires that the IBMer be registered and have access to the ESI Pkg database. Instructions are below:
The main point is that if an IBM/OEM item is an orderable entity and can end up in the hands of a customer or a business partner, either as part of a consolidated or individual shipment from or on behalf of IBM, then there is a requirement to load packaging data into the ESI Pkg database.