There is an increasing awareness among businesses that they need to operate sustainably and that digital solutions can help them navigate the environmental goals they must achieve. There is also a realisation that digitalisation can enable greater visibility across business operations and help detect areas that need to be streamlined to optimise processes.
To kickstart their sustainability journey, organisations must begin a dialogue with vendors who have a similar outlook and can design a strategy with clearly identifiable and quantifiable goals. Technology providers on the other hand must be conscious of the value they can deliver to achieve sustainable operations.
What matters is that organisations must start this journey regardless of how small it may seem. They must understand that sustainability is not a one-time process. It is a continuous drive, and efforts must be made to extend these processes across the business for an overall impact.
Companies must identify key advancements in technology and use them for their financial as well as environmental fitness since the two are often intrinsically linked. They can include Artificial Intelligence to help them in functions such as quality control, maintenance, logistics and fleet management, etc.
Companies can also use ERP systems to manage organisation-wide workings while taking care of other aspects such as supply chain management and HR. These practices also contribute toward tangible sustainability outcomes.
In today’s digital age, organisations have a massive amount of data and more often, they are overwhelmed with the volume of information. Businesses must use the right tools to analyse and capture relevant statistics that will help in demonstrating their sustainability results within and outside the organisation.
AI can play an important role in this and help provide effective tools to understand how the data is connected to ESG or environmental, social and governance. This will help create a better reporting system.
With the best minds working together alongside the most advanced and innovative solutions, the need is to have well-defined targets that the teams can look forward to achieving.
- Digitalisation enables greater visibility across business operations and optimises processes.
- Businesses must use AI to help in functions such as quality control, maintenance, logistics, and fleet management.
- Technology tools can help organisations analyse and capture data on the impact of their sustainability efforts.
- Sustainability is not a one-time process; businesses must extend these to other functions across the organisation.