CIOs increasing spending in ESG performance and metrics

Global, Jun 30, 2023

Posted on June 27, 2023 by Nick Farrell 

CIOs increasing spending in ESG performance and metrics – Channel EYE

This year's CIO Summit, themed Forging a Digital Path to Sustainable IT, was designed to give CIOs insight and inspiration from experts driving sustainable innovation in their industry.

The event highlighted the vital role of IT as an enabler for sustainable transformation and the importance of CIOs actively getting behind business-wide sustainability goals.

Keynote speaker Bjoern Stengel, IDC’s Global Sustainability Research Lead, said ESG was becoming a competitive differentiator for businesses as well as for practitioners. From reporting to procurement, we’re seeing sustainable and digital transformation converge.

“Increasingly, they enable each other, so it’s absolutely critical that CIOs and other IT professionals play a central role in the whole digital and sustainable transformation process.”

Stengel advised the CIO audience to assess your IT vendors on their ESG enabling capabilities and team up with the right partners that can accelerate tyour journey, whether that’s IT infrastructure vendors, software firms, services firms, or other partners.

“There’s a lot of technology out there, but there’s also the risk of overspending or investing in technology that’s just not suited for the very specific ESG challenges that your company is facing. This is a critical responsibility for IT practitioners to help their organization overcome these challenges,” he said.

The event was hosted by Logicalis CEO, Bob Bailkoski who said:

“While everyone is at a different stage of their sustainability journey, no one can do it alone. We’re all dependent on the visibility of our downstream emissions to achieve our carbon reduction goals. We have to work together and partner on this.”

Other speakers, including Cisco and CIOs from global brands, addressed some of the challenges organisations face, such as quantifying scope 3 emissions and integrating with operational business processes, as well as the opportunities that can come from IT prioritising sustainability.

Cisco’s VP Sustainability Engineering Office Denise Lee Yeh said:

“In most organisations, we’re increasingly seeing two workstreams when it comes to sustainability. There’s the regulatory and compliance side, but there’s also the go-to-market workstream, by this I mean sustainability as a source of innovation or competitive advantage. In both cases technology plays a pivotal role, starting with measurement but then as the facilitator for major environmental and business advancement.”

Nigel Townley, CTO, UK Research and Innovation said:

“Users of our services are becoming more vocal about what they want from us and stakeholders have an expectation that we demonstrate progress against our sustainability strategy. Beyond reporting on sustainability, we’re now playing a more pivotal role in the procurement process so suppliers will need to really demonstrate the environmental value they can deliver. Sustainability is no longer an option, it’s an absolute requirement.”

 You can check out this year's CIO Summit's on-demand content here.

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