The impact of information technology (IT) on a company's sustainability plan cannot be overstated. Pressure from the public, employees and shareholders is driving many businesses to become more transparent and accountable for their impact on the environment. With technology's increasing requirements for energy and raw material (and the subsequent contribution to toxic waste), corporate IT departments are in the spotlight.
The good news is that although IT is part of the problem, it can also be part of the solution. Having a comprehensive sustainability strategy can not only benefit the planet but also help businesses achieve real cost savings from using IT sustainably.
As the following publication discusses, organizations should consider more than simply employing computing devices efficiently. The focus of IT should not just be inward to the operation of the IT function; it should also be outward through the IT supply chain to the operation and use of technology across the whole business.