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How can companies manage sustainability?

The twenty-first century is a time of progress, development, and radical change in the world. Not all of it is positive, however. As it becomes clear that increasing human activity negatively impacts our atmosphere, there is a need for novel solutions that can be used to reduce the damning impact. To this end, many companies were faced with implanting necessary changes; they implanted sustainability plans that they utilize during their operations. This would either allow them to compensate for the negative impact in certain areas with a positive impact on others or conduct their operations to minimize the impact on the environment. There are many ways in which consulting companies can achieve such an effect.


The first step in reducing one’s environmental impact is to effectively track and report it so companies know which areas require improvement. Many are connected to a shared Microsoft database, allowing p to track our carbon footprint and other emissions as it monitors all facilities. Its pre-built calculation systems allow one to easily add new facilities and locations into the database and calculate their emissions on all three scopes.


To ensure stable monitoring of our environmental impact, companies release a report every quarter according to the set standards. “Cloud for sustainability,” a Microsoft planner, allows companies to use dashboards of combined data that shows their carbon footprint left at different stages of work. This allows companies to be open with their sustainability statistics and display their global impact.


The digital connection between all stages of production can allow for sustainable supply chains. Not only is it helpful for collaboration between projects, but it can also highlight the emissions happening at various stages of the chain step by step. This would allow many companies to see what work is required for each stage and how sustainability can be increased by various methods. A common aim is to create several sustainable practices that flow smoothly throughout the supply chain/network. The materials they use are mostly transparent throughout the tracking system, so the companies are aware of what they use.


Microsoft’s program, “Cloud for Sustainability,” also includes adjusting temperature, the level of lighting, and other infrastructure so we can avoid unnecessary energy consumption and adapt to new levels of sustainable on-site work. In addition, it ensures the execution of projects aimed at enhancing the energy efficiency of both cooling and IT equipment, retrofitting lighting systems, and optimizing the operational efficiency of the building infrastructure.


Awareness of materials and processes that occur at different stages of production allows companies to act upon this knowledge and minimize the impact of their systems on the environment. First of all, this increases the percentage of renewable energy used by the company operations, achieving a balance of energy consumption. This often includes turning to grid solutions, which combine technologies and expertise to help provide effective solutions to tough power system challenges, accelerating the global transition to a more reliable grid. 


Companies design their buildings to be efficient and sustainable, incorporate recycled materials and environmentally-friendly methods, and encourage and practice recycling. They maintain a goal to improve the total power delivered for each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed for their new products compared to the previous generation's equivalent with a valid upgrade path.


Their goal is to take it from sustainably managed forests for paper and paper/wood-based packaging used in their buildings. Suppliers must show evidence that their sources have been certified by a third-party certification program such as the Forest Stewardship Council or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Companies also actively work with stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of their operations. Those include non-governmental organizations such as businesses, academia, and investors. 


Often the best way to prevent pollution is to avoid generating waste at its source. For waste generated, companies minimize pollution through a logical and proactive waste management program that allows for the implementation of the following practices, in order of preference: reusal, recycling, recovery of waste to energy, other treatment like chemical treatments, incineration, and land disposal.


A common priority when designing products for the environment program is to develop products that will be shipped with a minimum amount of non-environmentally friendly materials. Beyond that, whenever possible, companies choose package materials that have fewer negative impacts on the environment, collaborating with suppliers to use recycled and recyclable materials and to promote reusability.

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