Making greener decisions with SAP S/4HANA

Paul Smitherman |

Discover how your organisation could soon be making greener decisions with the support of SAP S/4HANA that will make a huge impact on your carbon footprint.

Today’s consumers have access to more information than ever. Their decisions are not always based on brand or cost but increasingly on sustainability and whether the company they are buying into is concerned with its carbon footprint. More and more companies are being judged on the positive contribution they make to society and how they impact the larger world.

SAP is embracing the challenge of environmental responsibility by putting its technology to use, to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Recognising climate change as one of the biggest challenges of the century, it has internally launched a programme to develop the next generation ERP that will address how digital technology can fundamentally change how companies operate and deliver value to customers sustainably.

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Adapting technology for sustainability

77% of the world's transaction revenue touches an SAP system. That means many of the world’s largest companies use SAP within their supply chains to deliver products and services to their customers. That makes SAP uniquely positioned to change the way companies manage their sustainability in a positive way.

Your carbon footprint covers pretty much everything the organisation is involved in, from your manufacturing, supply chain through to warehousing and beyond. It is not currently possible to measure and manage your carbon footprint inside your SAP ERP, but in the near future companies will have supply chains that can predict and respond to changes in the ecosystem.

Instead of your ERP being solely focused on your top and bottom line, or revenue and costs, SAP is planning to integrate an equally important focus on sustainability. You will be able to manage your CO₂ emissions by tracking and measuring your carbon footprint across your whole supply chain from within your SAP system, just like you manage your other costs. For example, when you’re looking to open a new factory, make a new product or consider what type of raw materials to use, you will be able to assess the impact of these potential new business activities on your CO₂ emissions.

Being able to make greener decisions will have a huge impact on how companies can respond to climate challenges. Companies that have already put their trust in SAP S/4HANA and other big technologies have already bought into best practices that are integrated in the systems, ready to be rolled out. Integrating sustainability best practice will benefit everyone.

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Innovation is at the heart of SAP S/4HANA

Moving to a new software solution must offer business value or it would be difficult to justify. Sustainability is or should be top of all of our agendas and SAP S/4HANA is innovating fast to address the challenges facing companies in this area. As a further demonstration of its commitment, in Davos recently SAP also announced its partnership with Google Cloud by sponsoring a sustainability contest for social entrepreneurs called Circular Economy 2030.

If you’re considering migrating to SAP S/4HANA, then talk to our team of SAP experts about how we can help you future proof your business with the right sustainable technology.

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