Sustainability in the IT industry

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Tech
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SAP Philippines, the global leader in business intelligence and a leader in sustainable business practices, brings together key industry leaders to talk about the growing need to share best practices in business sustainability.

Jennie S. Ligones, SAP Philippines Country Manager says, “Our definition of sustainability is the holistic management of social, environmental, and economic risks and opportunities for increased short- and long-term profitability. Sustainability is core to our strategy of making the world run better. In a better run world, IT drives opportunity for everyone, market leaders become sustainability leaders, and better run companies operate profitably and sustainably.”

The talk will feature Dr. Corazon P.B. Claudio, president of Earth Institute Asia, Inc. Claudio, a technologist, environmentalist, and social entrepreneur, has actively initiated various types of development programs and has set up new organizations and programs on environment and sustainable development in the Philippines. She has worked in various fields–environment & sustainable development, agriculture, energy, risk management and disaster preparedness, education, and communication. As an expert in sustainability, she will discuss trends in “green” business practices and will share her experience on how to better help companies reduce their carbon footprints.

Ramnath Anantharam, Principal Solution Advisor, GRC, Business Analytics and Technology, SEA (Southeast Asia) adds, “the commitment to a sustainable way of doing business benefits not just the companies who run SAP but the environment as well. For instance, our commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 50% is a policy that was adapted across all SAP offices and in turn, translated to substantial savings.”

In 2009, SAP announced an aggressive commitment to reduce its total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions back to the levels of 2000 by 2020. This equates to lowering emissions by about 50% from 2007 levels. GHG emissions for 2010 totaled approximately 430 kilotonnes (preliminary numbers). This represents a decrease of 4% compared to the 450 kilotonnes level 2009. The main contributors to the 2010 GHG savings were energy efficiency projects, changes of our employees commuting behavior and the continued purchase of renewable energy. Furthermore, in keeping with the company’s commitment to transparency, SAP began releasing its insights into its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a quarterly basis starting in 2010. This continued in 2011 in line with its financial earnings cycles.

Sustainability is core to the company’s vision of making the world run better. In a better run world, IT helps businesses operate more profitably and more sustainably. Over the past four years, SAP has made significant strides to reduce emissions and in turn realized 170 million euros in savings from the start of 2008 to today.

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