The focus on incorporating sustainable business practices is gaining importance. While many companies desire to become ‘sustainable’, the underlying issues related to data collection, management, analysis and reporting are critical areas where IT can play a significant role.
SAP offers solutions to strengthen sustainability initiatives of companies. On November 3, SAP announced that Atos, an international IT services company, like many of SAP’s sustainability partners, is “walking the walk” with SAP sustainability solutions.
In light of this, ThinktoSustain.com speaks to Scott Bolick, Vice President, Sustainability Solutions, SAP, to get an insight into how its efforts are helping businesses achieve their sustainability goals.
What are the opportunities where IT can play a significant role in addressing sustainability?
Scott Bolick: We see significant opportunities for IT to address sustainability in four key areas:
- sustainability reporting and analytics,
- energy management,
- operational risk management, and
- sustainable supply chain and products.
How do SAP sustainability solutions enhance capabilities of your customers to address sustainability issues?
Scott Bolick: Our solutions help SAP and non-SAP customers gain better insight into their operations, performance and compliance with sustainability initiatives and regulations. For example, if a manufacturer is committed to becoming more sustainable across its operations, SAP can help that company to monitor, analyze and report on their sustainability performance towards specific goals – as well as proactively identify when to take corrective actions when they are going off track.
SAP can also help all manufacturers - heavy industry, consumer product and discrete manufacturing – ensure product safety and that products do not contain materials banned by regulations like RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) or REACH (Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). We can also help customers “green” their supply chain by evaluating the waste in their supply chain and ensuring that all products and processes are environmentally friendly.