Conducting business in more sustainable ways is becoming increasingly relevant today and a “must-have” in the future. The sustainability megatrend is driven by a growing population, accelerating urbanization, resource intensity, government regulation, climate change, and – most importantly – by the fact that consumers are increasingly demanding healthy, affordable, as well as socially and environmentally responsible products. Organizations react by implementing more sustainable practices to grow their business, to attract the best talent and to remain relevant to their investors.
But what does “sustainability” mean in a business context exactly? How are sustainable strategies crafted? How are they put into action? And finally, what is the role of information technology in all of this?
Meet SAP, the global powerhouse in enterprise software, which has made it its purpose to use IT to help the world run better and improve peoples’ lives. Widely regarded as a sustainability thought leader, SAP has worked with some of the most advanced businesses to understand the challenges and formulate the solutions and strategies for how IT can help companies advance their sustainability journey.
In this course you will learn the links between sustainability and innovation, how IT can help create competitive advantage, reduce risk and cost as well as drive growth leveraging sustainable principles. Our objective is to help you succeed in articulating, embedding and executing a sustainable strategy at the company in which you are or will be working.
This six-week online course was held from April 29 through June 17, 2014 and covered the following topics:
- The Business Case for Sustainability
- Sustainable Strategies
- Sustainable Business Processes (Part 1)
- Sustainable Business Processes (Part 2)
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Sustainability Reporting