Technology and Sustainability: The C-Suite in the Anthropocene Era

Technology and Sustainability: The C-Suite in the Anthropocene Era

This IDC Perspective examines technology and sustainability initiatives at the C-suite level. The rapidly rising importance of sustainability projects makes systemic change within enterprises imperative. These changes must be supported by leadership and organizational structures if they are to be successful. The document describes how sustainability is compatible with financial goals such as cost cutting and increasing margins. It offers practical guidance on how C-suites can translate corporate and sustainability goals into use cases informed by technology strategy and planning. "The very palpable link between the COVID-19 and climate crises is prompting C-suite leaders around the world to reconsider their approaches to sustainability. They understand they must adapt business to survive in the Anthropocene era. IT consumes vast amounts of energy and produces great volumes of electronic waste. It is also a great enabler of solutions that should be part of the sustainability equation in any organization genuinely seeking long-term success." — Marta Muñoz Méndez-Villamil, research director for IDC EMEA's Technology for Sustainability and Social Impact Practice and IDC EMEA's Internet of Things European Practice

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Executive Snapshot
Situation Overview
Funding and Foundations — Sustainability Must be Systemic
Money Remains Important
Organizational Structure Must Support Sustainability
Use Cases and Technology Work Together
C-Suites Are Being Transformed by Sustainable Goals
Advice for the Technology Buyer
Being Top-Down and Bottom-Up When Implementing Sustainability
Selecting Suppliers for Their Sustainability Proactivity
Using Emerging Technologies to Help Define and Act on Sustainability Goals
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