Q: What is responsible computing?

A: Responsible computing is a systemic approach addressing current and future challenges in computing, including sustainability, ethics, and professionalism. It stems from the belief that we need to start thinking about our organizations differently, in terms of their impact on people and the planet.


Q: What is Responsible Computing™?

A: Responsible Computing™ is a membership consortium that provides a framework for setting responsible corporate policies. We help our members apply and demonstrate responsible computing principles across their organizations. To become a member, you can sign up here.


Q: How does Responsible Computing do that?

A: The Responsible Computing framework provides a holistic approach that enables members to work together across multiple organizations. Responsible Computing brings together leading organizations across industries to collaborate and exchange ideas with peers and amplify the impact that leaders have on the future of our planet.


Q: What is the Responsible Computing Manifesto?

A: The Manifesto is a public document that defines the values of Responsible Computing and commits our members to adhering to these values. By signing the Manifesto, an organization commits to shaping its operations and policies to adhere to responsible computing values.


Q: What issues does Responsible Computing address?  

A: Responsible Computing is organized around a framework that focuses on 6 domains of responsible computing. They include three areas of social needs: Impact, Systems, and Data Usage; and three areas of business output: Data Center, Infrastructure, and Code. Responsible Computing provides organizations with goals and a responsible computing implementation approach for each.


Q: Which industries are included in Responsible Computing?

A: Responsible Computing’s reach is intentionally broad, spanning Consumer, Financial Services, Travel & Transport, Insurance, Government, Energy, Environment & Utilities, Telco & Media, and Industrial verticals. It addresses a cross-section of industries because they are facing the same issues at different stages.


Q: How did Responsible Computing get started?

A: In 2019-20, IBM spoke with hundreds of CTOs for its annual Architecture Decision Points 3.0 report. In that year, the CTOs reported significant challenges and anxieties related to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) concerns that signaled several seismic shifts in industry. As a result, some pioneering CTOs agreed to a grass-roots effort that would advance the development of principles and a framework that deliver on a vision for responsible computing. These leaders went on to found Responsible Computing.


Q: What are the benefits of Responsible Computing membership?

A: Joining Responsible Computing ensures that your organization assumes a leadership position as a responsible pacesetter in the 6 domains. Membership guarantees you a seat at the table, working alongside the leading advocates and experts for realizing the planet’s sustainable development goals. By leveraging their combined expertise in a neutral environment, our members collaborate to design a blueprint for responsible computing organizations.


Q: What resources do Responsible Computing members have?
A: Member resources such as Engagement Methodologies and Sustainable Maturity Models yield results that can influence go-to-market solutions and strategies that impact an organization’s bottom line. Additionally, members have the ability to pool their assets when developing corporate responsibility strategies. They can influence the direction of the industry through research and collaboration with industry experts to determine best practices, requirements development, technology adoption, and development of disruptive solutions.


Q: What is a sustainable enterprise?

A: A sustainable enterprise runs its business while considering opportunities and risks related to the environment and social impact – which challenge the strategies and operating models of organizations across all sectors and functions. When considering new market opportunities, operational efficiency, risk management, changing customer expectations, supply chain disruptions or the like, environmental and social impact objectives will directly affect how a company operates and defines its competitive advantage.


Q: What is the Object Management Group®?

A: The Object Management Group® (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium. Founded in 1989, OMG standards are driven by vendors, end-users, academic institutions and government agencies. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. Responsible Computing became part of the OMG family of consortia in 2021.