SAP Sustainability Control Tower – Uploading and showing Data in Fiori Tiles– System Setup
SAP Sustainability Control Tower (SCT) is based on SAP BTP and is a SaaS solution designed to help businesses monitor and manage their sustainability performance. It enables organizations to track, analyze, and optimize their sustainability initiatives, including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. The solution has come a long way and is still evolving.
Few customers have implemented SCT, but in my company (Sopra Steria) we are early adopters and heavily focused on sustainability. New regulations from the EU require all larger companies and all listed companies (except listed micro-enterprises) to disclose information on what they see as the risks and opportunities arising from social and environmental issues. This means the demand for reporting solutions as SCT will increase, but then, we already have a demo ready to showcase to our customers and help them implement this.
In this blog post, I am going to share some of my experiences setting up SCT. I will go through the steps from uploading the demo data from CSV files, both actuals and targets, to displaying the data in the Fiori-tiles.
Data upload from flat files
I will in this section go through all the steps from uploading the demo data to a given sustainability metric, to displaying this data in the Fiori-tiles. Let’s take Total GHG Emissions as an example, which is an environmental metric.
1. In the app Sustainability Metrics Catalog there are 39 available sustainability metrics distributed between areas such as environmental, social, governance, and economic.
2. I have already provided data for my metrics, which is why it shows ‘Data provided’ in green. I will go through these steps again. In the ‘Upload Data’ button, you find Total GHG Emissions and choose this. First, you must choose a metric and then upload the data related to this.
3. Choose Total GHG Emissions in the Sustainability Metric Selection.
4. In the Sustainability Metrics Review, SCT tells you which other metrics are being affected when you choose Total GHG Emissions. In this case, GHG Emissions Scope 1, 2, and 3 will automatically be added, which means data will also be provided for these. (This is not guaranteed for a customer who does not have data for e.g., scope 3. In this case it does since it is demo data). SCT gives a good overview of which measures and dimensions you need for the affected metrics you now have.
5. The next step is Manual Data Upload – Relevant DPIs (Data Provider Interfaces). This can be confusing because the previous step gave information about the required measures and dimensions. This step only gives suggestions for which measures and dimensions you should have in the DPIs. If some dimensions are not fulfilled or missed in your dataset it should not be a problem. An easier way to think about DPIs is just how the dataset is visualized inside SCT.
The GHG Emissions metrics only support manual data upload. It is only possible to integrate and acquire data from S/4HANA for economic metrics. This is not something I will be covering in this blog. I hope that SAP will develop solutions for integrating all sustainability metrics with S/4HANA in the future.
14. If the data should not be showing in the Fiori-tiles, there are two possible reasons for this:
- The leading hierarchy in the metric is wrong. By changing this, navigate to the Sustainability Metric Catalog, find the metric (e.g., Total GHG Emissions), choose this, and click on Configure. Under Performance Tracking, it is possible to change this.
- The Snapshot Configuration in the master data setup is wrong. Either choose a default value for ‘Snapshot creation and activation – Production’ or ‘Snapshot creation and activation – Modeling’. Not both. See the documentation for this: https://help.sap.com/docs/SAP_SUS_SCT/fb87312681e94455b9f61c3b8fe83404/1ae6f7b3503a44839d0f123731782051.html?locale=en-US
The newest version of SCT (version 5) comes with some new functionalities. Among them are Outbound APIs that transfer data from SCT to other applications. An example could be to transfer the data to SAP Analytics Cloud to do more complex drill-downs or use the predictive analysis for future trends to see how a metric will behave. The other functionality is inside the Sustainability Metric Catalog, where it is now possible to create your own sustainability metric, not only choose from the 39 defaults SCT contains.
SAP SCT has become one of the leading solutions for ESG reporting. One of the biggest challenges for businesses is the collection of accurate data for sustainability reporting. SCT guides you through the process of what data you need for your sustainability metrics. It can be integrated with S/4HANA Cloud and now comes with outbound APIs which makes it more flexible. SCT is the answer when it comes to the EU Taxonomy which is quite complex. In the next blog, I will talk about how SCT is covering the process for the EU Taxonomy and its preview content.
Thank you for your reading and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!