SAP hones sustainability push

The enterprise software giant is trying to align business processes with corporate green IT talk. Plus, it promises to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions.

This was originally posted at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

SAP on Monday unveiled a multifront sustainability push including the launch of an EHS--or environment, health, and safety--management application.

The company unveiled its plans at CeBit (statement). Among the moving parts:

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• SAP has teamed with TechniData to offer line of EHS applications, dubbed SAP Environment, Health and Safety Management. The goal of the EHS application is to make sure corporate sustainability policies are met and ensure a company is meeting its regulatory targets. In other wordis trying to align business processes with the enterprise's green IT talks, SAP .

• SAP said it plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 51 percent from its 2007 levels by 2020. If successful, SAP will cut its carbon dioxide levels to year 2000 levels.

• And SAP announced that Peter Graf, will be the company's first chief sustainability officer. Graf will report to SAP Executive Board member Jim Hagermann Snabe.

In a blog post, Graf said:

Sustainability is about much more than environmental concerns or "being green". It's the ability to holistically manage economic, social and environmental risks and opportunities for increased profitability.

I'll be curious to see how this line of software sells amid weak IT spending.

 

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