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SAP: Increased Employee Engagement Helping Bottom Line
SAP: Increased Employee Engagement Helping Bottom Line

4 years ago - German software company SAP’s operating profit improves EUR35 million ($38 million) to EUR45 million ($49 million) when its employee engagement index rises one percentage point, according to the company’s 2014 integrated report.The financial impact of a higher employee engagement index results, among other things, from the fact that dedicated employees are more innovative and absent from work fewer days. Likewise, because they are more loyal to the company, there is less missed revenue and less recruiting and training costs traditionally associated with higher turnover rates.

Report: Consumer Products, Manufacturing Sectors Enjoying Best Financial Returns on Solar
Report: Consumer Products, Manufacturing Sectors Enjoying Best Financial Returns on Solar

5 years ago - Consumer products, manufacturing and heavy industry sectors are getting the best financial returns on solar power—the most popular renewable power technology for corporates—according to a new report by RE100, an initiative of The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

Next-Gen ERP: Managing … and Saving the Panda Bears?
Next-Gen ERP: Managing … and Saving the Panda Bears?

5 years ago - Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an impressive concept. It covers everything from business operations to corporate governance. It includes streamlining and automating corporations; making all business processes highly efficient, cost-effective and fully automated; all resource use fully planned, controlled and understood. ERP today provides an integrated view of core business processes across various departments, ranging from sourcing, manufacturing and sales to accounting and payroll.

AOL, SAP Join Tech Company ALEC Exodus
AOL, SAP Join Tech Company ALEC Exodus

5 years ago - AOL and SAP have joined a slew of tech companies to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative lobbying group that has become renowned for its opposition to environmental regulations.Last week, a company representative for SAP cited ALEC's conservative stance on climate change and its long-standing positions on gun control and voter rights as reasons for dropping support.Environmental organizations and public-interest groups have accused ALEC of denying the existence of climate change, which ALEC denies. However, ALEC sponsors model legislation that runs counter to the scientific consensus on climate change.

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#NewMetrics ’14 Panel Explores Progress, Lessons, Challenges of Integrated Reporting
#NewMetrics ’14 Panel Explores Progress, Lessons, Challenges of Integrated Reporting

5 years ago - This afternoon workshop on day 2 of #NewMetrics caught attendees up with the latest from early adopters of integrated reporting. Practitioners have always aimed to derive the best way to report status, progress and value of sustainability work, but the Holy Grail of processes has been elusive. Four leaders in this area gathered in this session to discuss the lessons and challenges from their experience of adopting integrated reporting.

Moving Beyond Commitments: Collaborating to End Deforestation
Moving Beyond Commitments: Collaborating to End Deforestation

5 years ago - Deforestation can pose significant operational and reputational risks to businesses, and we at EDF are seeing companies start to take action in their supply chains. Deforestation accounts for an estimated 12 percent of overall GHG emissions worldwide — as much global warming pollution to the atmosphere as all of the cars and trucks in the world. In addition, deforestation wipes out biodiversity and ravages the livelihoods of people who live in and depend on the forest for survival.

What If … a Conference Collaboration Led to Real Sustainable Results?
What If … a Conference Collaboration Led to Real Sustainable Results?

5 years ago - Large pieces of paper cover the tables. A few bright sticky notes sprout here and there. Earnest-looking people bent over writing or steeped in conversation ignore their half-eaten lunches. Ideas begin to pop.It’s lunchtime at Sustainable Brands 2014 and we’ve challenged delegates to come up with a vision and concrete plans for answering three big What If questions while they eat:

SAP Converting Company Fleet to 20% Electric, Powered by Renewables, by 2020
SAP Converting Company Fleet to 20% Electric, Powered by Renewables, by 2020

5 years ago - SAP AG today announced plans to increase the electric vehicle (EV) contingent in its company car fleet to 20 percent by 2020. The initiative launched officially today at SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.To mark the occasion, Peter Rasper, EVP and head of global finance infrastructure, and Daniel Schmid, Chief Sustainability Officer, handed over the keys to the owner of the 10th electric company car at SAP — the company says 50 more electric cars are set to join the fleet by the end of the year.

The 'CVS Effect' in Action: SAP, Starbucks, Tesla Show How to Lead by Sharing Information
The 'CVS Effect' in Action: SAP, Starbucks, Tesla Show How to Lead by Sharing Information

5 years ago - Here are three new examples of the CVS Effect in action that show how brands can change how business operates — for the better (the “CVS Effect” is shorthand for recognizing brands that are doing the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do). In these cases, the “right thing” is choosing to share information and resources, even when there’s a risk of losing market dominance or taking a financial hit.

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Integration Is Key – SAP’s Thomas Odenwald on Natural Capital Accounting (Part Two)
Integration Is Key – SAP’s Thomas Odenwald on Natural Capital Accounting (Part Two)

5 years ago - The prospects of Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) are capturing the attention of the sustainability community at large, and with good reason. In part one of our two-part interview with Thomas Odenwald, SAP's Senior Vice President of Sustainability, he explained the three angles from which the company is approaching NCA; here, he offers steps for implementation.Dimitar Vlahov: This all sounds both promising and practical to me. What would you recommend the Sustainable Brands community to focus on in terms of specific next steps?

Let’s Make It More Relevant and Systemic: SAP’s Thomas Odenwald on Natural Capital Accounting (Part One)
Let’s Make It More Relevant and Systemic: SAP’s Thomas Odenwald on Natural Capital Accounting (Part One)

5 years ago - The prospects of Natural Capital Accounting are capturing the attention of the sustainability community at large, and with good reason. Keen to drill down into the topic with key players in the SB community, we sat down with Thomas Odenwald, SAP's Senior Vice President of Sustainability, to get his perspective on the implications and applications of this crucial movement. Dimitar Vlahov: There is a lot of buzz these days in sustainability circles about Natural Capital Valuation and Accounting. To what extent are you following this conversation and what do you think about emerging case studies?

SAP to Offer Free Online Course, “Sustainability and Business Innovation”
SAP to Offer Free Online Course, “Sustainability and Business Innovation”

5 years ago - SAP embarked on a more sustainable business strategy five years ago. Along the way, we’ve learned a lot of lessons from customers, thought leaders and employees alike. To share those lessons with you, we’ve built a free, online course — commonly referred to as Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. This MOOC, Sustainability and Business Innovation, will help you understand how to craft, implement and execute a more sustainable corporate strategy.

Brand Leaders Join SB Collaboratory to Address Employee Engagement
Brand Leaders Join SB Collaboratory to Address Employee Engagement

6 years ago - Less than a year ago at Sustainable Brands ‘13, leading brand innovators from around the world came together in San Diego for the seventh year to address some of their biggest sustainability challenges. These innovators realize that no brand is an island and many challenges they face are shared by their peers, competitors, suppliers and customers. In order to support shared learning and collaboration beyond the conference itself, members of the SB advisory board designed a new structure — the SB Collaboratory — to provide a forum for these professionals to come together to share experiences, ask questions, learn from each other and brainstorm a path forward.

BMW, HP, BT Top Inaugural CDP Index of Companies Demanding Top Climate Performance from Suppliers
BMW, HP, BT Top Inaugural CDP Index of Companies Demanding Top Climate Performance from Suppliers

6 years ago - CDP, with the help of FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), a pioneer in environmental and sustainability business solutions, has announced the debut publication of the Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index (SCPLI), a new evaluation and benchmarking tool for CDP supply chain members and suppliers.

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Top 10 Ways Brands Used Their Power to Create a More Sustainable World in 2013
Top 10 Ways Brands Used Their Power to Create a More Sustainable World in 2013

6 years ago - 2013 was a banner year for companies using their muscle to drive transformative change, both internally and globally. Without further ado, here is just a taste of some of the progress we found most inspiring.

SAP Partners With Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to Support Rural Workers
SAP Partners With Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to Support Rural Workers

6 years ago - SAP has joined forces with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and the Manuel Mejía Foundation to provide coffee farmers with the technology and training they need to develop more sustainable business practices.Technology continues to be scarce among rural communities in Colombia, SAP says. To help change this reality, the company supplied technical training to more than 500 coffee growers, teaching them how to effectively use mobile tablets and computers to access the “coffee portal,” which provides useful information on coffee market news, geographical farm data, coffee purchasing conditions, incentives and support programs.

Failure to Communicate: Dry Sustainability Reports a Missed Opportunity
Failure to Communicate: Dry Sustainability Reports a Missed Opportunity

6 years ago - Does your heart sink at the thought of reading yet another sustainability report?Over the last three years I’ve been documenting the ways companies are communicating sustainability online and using social media in particular. Time and time again, even those companies that demonstrate real panache in their sustainability communications fail to make the best use of the research, data and information that goes into their sustainability report. Often, as a result, a company’s most interesting sustainability work is left buried in these dull but worthy publications that no one really reads.

Nestlé, Volkswagen, SAP, Air France Named Industry Leaders in 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
Nestlé, Volkswagen, SAP, Air France Named Industry Leaders in 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

6 years ago - S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s largest providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused on sustainability investing, today announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Launched in 1999, the DJSI were the first global indices to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.

13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider
13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider

6 years ago - As many stakeholders — including investors, employees and consumers — begin to re-evaluate their perception of value, it is becoming imperative for companies of all industries to credibly measure, analyze and interpret the entire range of costs and benefits for which they are responsible. Below are 13 fairly (as of yet) uncommon types of data analysis that help businesses do just that. You have nothing to lose and much to gain by learning how to:

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Does Your Sustainability Pitch Make Enough Sense to Your CFO?
Does Your Sustainability Pitch Make Enough Sense to Your CFO?

6 years ago - Many experts have observed in recent months that innovating for sustainability seems to be attracting mainstream attention, particularly at Fortune 500 companies and among forward-looking social entrepreneurs. The growth of the Sustainable Brands community certainly supports that claim, with an audience of over 2,800 boasting more than $4 trillion in combined annual revenue represented at SB’13 earlier this summer. At the same time, however, in the majority of cases sustainability is still not part of firms' core strategies. And we can’t expect to be on the right long-term trajectory if all we do is encourage employees to switch to double-sided printing.

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