While concluding my recent post of Sustainability Performance Management as a next big thing, I realized that, most of the reader who want to do something, or understand the domain better – the real question is where to start the “Sustainability” journey. So I should write something briefly about this starting point, as I struggled the same question few months back.
When you start with any “New” initiative – the first step usually is – to understand where you are right now, so you can determine what to achieve and then define your steps and schedule to get there and how.
Sustainability is not any different here. You need to first get all your data – from all your systems, put it on a dashboard solution which provides you different analytical views and reports of the same data – so you know where do you stand with respect to your journey. Its easy to say – but hard to do thing, Getting all data from all your systems spread across landscape is a daunting task. Since this initiative is a multi dimensional covering HR, Finance, IT, Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing etc – The data collection remains a pain area. Post data collection, reporting – measuring analysis, implementing various initiatives to align things to global organizational strategies and then tracking the impact in each area is a continuous process.
SAP Sustainability analytics solution provides all these functionality aspects. Some functional features include –
- Automated data collection from SAP and other systems
- Pre-delivered content and reporting frameworks (GRI)
- Central KPI library
- Global carbon conversion factors
- Strategic goals, objectives tied to KPIs
- Initiatives tied to KPI‘s to drive performance
- Emissions reduction analysis
- Dashboards, scorecards, and benchmarks