Tuesday, 14 April 2009

IBM Sustainable Procurement service

Last week IBM announced a new consulting service designed to help clients establish sustainability standards across their global supplier networks.

The IBM Sustainable Procurement offering is aimed at helping clients define cost, efficiency and sustainability measurements and goals for all their procurement activities. It also helps them understand current practices and develop and implement strategies for measuring suppliers’ compliance with sustainable procurement goals.

The Sustainable Procurement offering covers six main areas of CSR; environment, community, health and safety, ethics and financial accountability, diversity and labour practices.

It's another plank in IBM's expanding portfolio of CSR consulting services which also includes the CSR Assessment and Benchmarking Utility, the Carbon Tradeoff Modeler, Green Sigma, Environmental Product Life cycle Management, the Supply Chain Network Optimization Workbench (SNOW), Strategic Carbon Management and the Public Sector Energy and Environment Diagnostic.

I've no idea how much revenue IBM is generating from these offerings - I suspect not a lot. But it is helping to create a pre-eminent position in green IT consulting, which will certainly reap rewards in the coming years. Most of the other major IT services companies could learn from IBM's example.

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