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The business world is awakening to an inevitable reality: our global economy, society and environment are inextricably linked. In increasing numbers, savvy companies are beginning to adopt and adapt to the new measure of organizational success: Sustainability.
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Many of the environmental initiatives that EMC sustainability chief Kathrin Winkler launched in 2009 have matured and become part of the company’s core business operations. Winkler describes her work on greenhouse-gas emissions, waste electrical and electronic equipment, conflict minerals, green packaging and carbon pricing. – Greenbiz, 2013
Companies understand the major impact managing energy, water, packaging, e-waste, chemicals, materials, minerals (specifically Conflict Minerals) and carbon emissions has on their bottom line results. Using natural resources efficiently reduces costs associated with energy and water consumption, waste generation and carbon regulatory compliance. It also helps minimize the risk of fines and penalties, operational disruptions and negative impacts to their corporate image. By avoiding these unnecessary liabilities, companies are also increasing operational efficiency by directing their efforts towards strategic planning and revenue-driving initiatives.
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What Is Sustainability?
Sustainability - The most widely accepted definition comes from “Our Common Future,” Report of the United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development, commonly called the The Brundtland Report.
“Sustainability is the aspiration to ensure that meeting the needs of the present does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Video about sustainability: You tube link…
What Is CSR?
Corporate Social Responsibility is the term that has been adopted by companies around the world to begin addressing serious realities related to the future well being of our planet and our society.
In the current business environment, CSR has become not only the ‘right thing to do’, but it has also become the ‘competitive’ thing to do. The deliberate inclusion of CSR principles in the corporate decision-making processes ensures that companies are mindful of public interests particularly in respect to the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. Increasingly, stakeholders in the world’s largest corporations are demanding that their companies become more socially responsible and expect them to understand and address the social and community issues that are relevant to them. These issues encompass not only our limited natural resources and global climate change but also ethical and other neglected factors in the public sphere.
What Is Green IT / Green IT Software?
CSRware started as a Green IT software leader integrating key metrics from the Green Grid and the Uptime Institute to track, measure and optimize compute performance in labs, data centers and finding alternatives like consolidation, energy efficient equipment and e-waste.
Green computing, green IT or ICT Sustainability, refers to environmentally sustainable computing or IT. In the article “Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices, San Murugesan” defines the field of green computing as “the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems—such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems — efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment.
The goals of green computing are similar to green chemistry; reduce the use of hazardous materials, maximize energy efficiency during the product’s lifetime, and promote the recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and factory waste. Many corporate IT department have Green Computing initiatives to reduce the environmental impacts of their IT operations.
Research continues into key areas such as making the use of computers as energy-efficient as possible, and designing algorithms and systems for efficiency-related computer technologies.-wikipedia.org.
According to the Economist, 3BL is key to sustainability a profitable business and society…
- “People” ((human capital) pertains to fair and beneficial business practices toward labor and the community and region in which an organization conducts its business.
- “Planet” (natural capital) a measure of the company’s sustainable environmental practices.
- “Profit” is the economic value created by the organization after deducting costs.
From the Economist: http://www.economist.com/node/14301663