Achieving Net Zero Emissions By 2030 And Other IBM Environmental, Equitable And Ethical Goals

The new IBM Impact framework sets goals such as training 30 million people for the jobs of the future and expanding the number of partners in the technology ethics ecosystem.

Respect for the environment and a healthy impact on society are goals shared by the major technology companies, which are increasingly updating their objectives for the development of a more sustainable future.

The latest of these is IBM, which has just announced IBM Impact. This is a new ESG framework for its environmental, social and governance work.

IBM Impact is based on three pillars, which are environmental, equitable and ethical impact. For example, the Blue Giant is committed to reducing pollution and conserving natural resources, while minimizing the impact of its activities on the climate.

IBM has set itself the target of achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Five years earlier, in 2025, it should have diverted 90 % of the non-hazardous waste from landfills and incinerations and initiated a hundred projects with environmental benefits.

In terms of equitable impact, it aims to create opportunities for everyone, with measures that promote diversity and inclusion.

Thus, within three years, it should have invested $250 million in training people from underprivileged backgrounds. It also wants to reach 4 million volunteer hours by 2025. By then, 15% of its first-tier suppliers should be “black-owned”.

A little later, in 2030, if all goes according to plan, it will have trained 30 million people for the jobs of the future.

Finally, IBM will prioritize issues such as ethics and responsibility. Later this year, it could increase the number of partners in its technology ethics ecosystem to 1,000. And, thereafter, it will maintain full engagement with suppliers on sound practices and its diversity-linked salary modifier for senior leaders.