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How Tech Companies Harness ESG Data to Reimagine Their Business

How Tech Companies Harness Data

Published on Nov 01, 2023

The digital age has ushered businesses into a transformative shift in how they ingest, store, or analyze data. This has led to the proliferation of data across all operations. The abundance of data is paradoxically giving rise to a lot of pressing issues, such as data fragmentation. Data resides in silos across functions and systems, making it a challenge to transform the data into actionable insights. This disjointed landscape poses various business challenges and is especially problematic for organizations that aim to optimize sustainable business outcomes by aligning their operations with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments. 

The imperative of embracing sustainability across organizational practices is no longer enough for businesses to identify opportunities; they must also act on them to pave the way for harnessing the data opportunities and creating a greater impact.  

At the core of this business transformation lies the directions of environmental, social, and governance (ESG), which serve as the foundation for sustainable solutions and value creation. The integration of ESG practices into operations provides a competitive advantage and fosters measurable value and transparency. 

Many enterprises have started gathering ESG data related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prepare for proposed regulations and seek broader climate and environmental sustainability disclosures. By leveraging technology, organizations can efficiently mine the information required for current and future disclosures, providing them with the right ground for decision-making in real-time data. 

Read more: ESG Data Providers 2023 

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The Tech Ecoadvantage 

Corporate ESG initiatives often cut across multiple functions and platforms that do not necessarily work together in integrating a picture of all the relevant data. While many plan to embed new technologies into their business model, there are many underlying factors at play that pose a serious risk to organizational operations. Today, for many organizations, the risks associated with climate change, ecosystem degradation, and resource scarcity are becoming more real every day. Due to this, regulators, investors, and stakeholders are putting pressure on them to disclose how these issues impact the business. 

But for companies willing to explore ways to advance their sustainability initiatives, technology is a major accelerant. A mindset referred to as technology eco advantage, it enables businesses to integrate advanced technologies and methods to enable profitable solutions that also generate a significant impact on net zero and ESG goals. 

  1. Digitized Operations 

Enterprises are creating sustainable operations and processes to win consumer and investor rewards as a result. Digitized operations help improve business resilience and generate revenues by reducing CO2 emissions. By creating more significant environmental and social impact, businesses can achieve emissions reductions as well as speed up their business expansion.  

  1. Digital Products and Solutions 

Tech companies are creating new distribution channels to break economic constraints while expanding their reach, scale, and access at affordable costs. They are digitizing their operations and offering customer-centric sustainability solutions to reduce emissions and transform the customer experience. 

  1. AI and Advanced Analytics 

AI and advanced analytics technologies are enabling tech organizations to generate analytical data insights on the environmental as well as social impact of a solution or process. Digital platforms are integrating capabilities and creating transparency and accountability among partners. These capabilities are further enabling them to develop and finetune offerings, engage with the customers, and improve performance over time. 

Such initiatives yield substantial cost savings for many. Organizations are integrating cloud-enabled data platforms as well as AI and advanced analytics to build an end-to-end model for effective energy management solutions. A significant benefit of the technology eco-advantage mindset is that tech enterprises can create a roadmap for new tech adoption to speed up their journey to sustainability. The key to organizational implementation is reevaluating traditional approaches to technology and incorporating digital product and service design by applying AI and advanced analytics to build a sustainable ecosystem. 

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The ESG Vision for the Future 

Sustainability encompasses the ability to create long-term value through a comprehensive focus on ESG factors. To build and implement ESG solutions as well as to automate decision-making, organizations need to identify and create new business models and unlock innovation to meet their sustainability goals. However, it takes coordinated effort and assistance from tech solutions that allow businesses to: 

  • Ingest different facets of ESG data in real-time, such as GHG emissions, workforce composition, safety incidences, and governance standards. 

  • Secure data across their IT infrastructure 

  • Analyze the data and produce predictive analytics 

  • Execute strategic initiatives from the data analysis 

  • Communicate strategic insights across the value chain for collaboration across multiple parties  

Beyond compliance, powerful incentives exist for aligning data, technology, and the organization's sustainability initiatives. Today, many global regulations and stakeholders are pushing organizations to provide a holistic view of their emissions generated across the value chain (Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions).  

  • Strategy: There is a growing need for tech companies to identify measures that are fit for growth. Suitable digital investments help in reimagining business models and strategies, optimizing value chains, creating differentiated customer experiences, and delivering sustainable transformation. 

  • Activity: A tech-enabled sustainability strategy and ESG reporting model helps in spotting supply chain efficiencies and devising methods to reduce carbon footprint. It further equips organizations to design more sustainable products and services to attract new customers. 

  • Visibility: Technology provides a clear picture of the enterprise in real time. The right data platform offers a complete view of organizational operations and enables analytic tools to take in various data for generating useful insights and decisions. These outcomes further help in creating change, driving value, and monitoring progress. 

By grasping the gravity of these requirements, companies can design a sustainability journey committed to continuous measurement and reporting of GHG emissions, decarbonization, and net zero goals. 

Read more: What is a Carbon Offset, and How Does it Work? 

How Tech Companies Harness Data to Reimagine their Business

Final Thoughts 

Leading tech organizations are identifying the need for a systemic approach to achieving ambitious sustainability goals. Building sustainability as a competitive advantage demands integrating technology and data from the very beginning. 

Today, the role of tech goes beyond green IT. More and more companies are working on their technology and sustainability agendas across teams. They are bringing game-changing technology and digital thinking to the task of achieving sustainability goals that are critical for businesses. 

The transition from achieving net-zero emission targets to creating a broader net impact on society and the environment requires an emphasis on integrating ESG principles for achieving holistic sustainability. To achieve the larger ESG goals, it is crucial to start influencing the employees, families, and communities. Organizations need to play a vital part in changing the behavior from being merely policy-led to culture-led.   

By gaining a complete view of the overall business operations and performance, businesses can align their ability to generate valuable insights and adjust their corporate strategy to drive long-term growth. However, to acknowledge the need to go beyond carbon neutrality, businesses need to evolve their economic and cultural realities by creating resilient ESG frameworks 

SG Analytics, recognized by the Financial Times as one of APAC's fastest-growing firms, is a prominent insights and analytics company specializing in data-centric research and contextual analytics. Operating globally across the US, UK, Poland, Switzerland, and India, we expertly guide data from inception to transform it into invaluable insights using our knowledge-driven ecosystem, results-focused solutions, and advanced technology platform. Our distinguished clientele, including Fortune 500 giants, attests to our mastery of harnessing data with purpose, merging content and context to overcome business challenges. With our Brand Promise of "Life's Possible," we consistently deliver enduring value, ensuring the utmost client delight.  

A leader in ESG Services, SG Analytics offers bespoke sustainability consulting services and research support for informed decision-making. Contact us today if you are searching for an efficient ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) integration and management solution provider to boost your sustainable performance.    

About SG Analytics     

SG Analytics is an industry-leading global insights and analytics firm providing data-centric research and contextual analytics services to its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, across BFSI, Technology, Media & Entertainment, and Healthcare sectors. Established in 2007, SG Analytics is a Great Place to Work® (GPTW) certified company and has a team of over 1100 employees and has presence across the U.S.A, the U.K., Switzerland, Canada, and India.    

Apart from being recognized by reputed firms such as Analytics India Magazine, Everest Group, and ISG, SG Analytics has been recently awarded as the top ESG consultancy of the year 2022 and Idea Awards 2023 by Entrepreneur India in the “Best Use of Data” category.