Sector Archives: ICT

Using Digitization to Enable Business Model Innovation for Sustainability

The rise of the Internet and influx of connectivity around the world has enabled entirely new, more socially and environmentally impactful, business models to come to the fore. In fact, the term ‘business model innovation’ did not come to prominence until after the birth of the Internet in the 1990s. And similarly to the Internet,

Tech Companies and the ‘War for Talent’

Competition for high performers in the tech sector can drive sustainability practices in companies, but may lead to negative societal impacts elsewhere. The digital transformation that is underway across all industries, from automakers to journalism to agriculture, is leading to mind boggling growth in the technology sector. New products and services are in high demand,

If Technology is the Answer, What is the Question?

In our Fall 2015 Quarterly Trends we noted that rapidly developing technological breakthroughs are reshaping society, business, supply chains and the workplace. We are also seeing a greater articulation of the discomfort that is arising from the rate at which technological progress is taking place and the inability to manage some of the risks and

3D Printing – A Sustainable Solution Near You?

In the Michelin starred restaurant, Enoteca, nestled amongst palm trees with a view of the Mediterranean, an acclaimed chef, Paco Perez, places a plate inside a strange-looking machine. He pushes a few buttons and removes it, now adorned with an intricate, coral-like design. He adds ingredients onto the edible design—caviar, sea-urchins, hollandaise, an egg and

The Value of Connectivity: Huawei and Digital Enablement

Huawei is a global information and communications technology solutions provider headquartered in China. In November 2015 it published a research paper – Digital Enablement – aimed at accelerating progress in giving people access to digital information and resources. Adam Lane, Director of Sustainability Programs at Huawei, spoke to Alicia Ayars about the report. Alicia Ayars:

3D Printing – Exploring a Technology and its Sustainability Potential

3D printing remains the cool kid in class, still fresh, and maintaining an attractive level of intrigue. And its future looks promising. According to Harvard Business Review from May 2015, industrial 3D printing is “at a tipping point, about to go mainstream in a big way.” 3D printing is a technology that can build three

Connecting People at ARM

If you have a smart phone, the chances are it uses ARM technology. A British multinational semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier, in 2015, ARM asked SustainAbility for help in refreshing its employee engagement strategy. Specifically, ARM wanted to align its ‘Connecting Everything’ communications strategy with its approach to employee engagement and volunteering. With over 40

Integrating Materiality into the Core Business Strategy of EMC

The leading data storage, security and analytics company EMC has a longstanding sustainability program. Over the years, it has carried out many materiality assessments and sustainability initiatives. However, it is now seeking a different materiality approach, designed to be directly integrated with its core business strategy and enterprise risk analyses. We conducted intensive desk research, internal

Citystates II

Daunting challenges – from climate change to food and water security, from nutrition and public health to inequality and social exclusion – confront global cities today. But an exciting range of solutions – from distributed power generation and multi-modal transportation networks to compact development, urban farming and smart cities – is emerging also. Bringing these

Challenges, Performance and Accountability

In comparison to the 2011 edition of this survey, titled Key Challenges and Industry Performance this year’s results show a slight uptick in the level of urgency experts feel across top sustainability issues, as well as in their impressions of how well industry is managing the transition to sustainability. But, even while perceptions of performance