Most CEOs are confident about their ability to meet their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. But knowing isn’t the same as doing. Turning ambition into action requires a solid roadmap that everyone can get behind.
Sustainability in business has an execution gap. While 86% of companies have a sustainability strategy, only 35% of companies have acted on it.¹ The biggest blocker? More than half of organizations say they lack the tools and expertise to pursue their sustainability ambitions.
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of CEOs are confident they will be able to achieve their sustainability goals.³
of CEOs believe targets pledged by governments are achievable.⁴
Having a strategy is only the first step of the journey. The crucial next step is to put it in motion. From our own experience and from working with clients worldwide, we see it as a 3-stage process:
You may have done some of these processes already, so view these stages in light of what you’ve already achieved, and see what more you can do to accelerate progress towards your goals.
Operationalizing sustainability is more than a technology project. It requires meaningful culture change across the organization. The good news: a sustainability mission can get your people motivated and keen to contribute—and the need to do things differently can drive innovation, too.
Sustainability at the heart of the enterprise reaps significant benefits, including:
Improve transparency and resilience, embed ethical and sustainable practices, and build circularity into your supply chain.
Meet evolving demand from regulators and investors for financial-grade disclosure of ESG metrics.
Minimize CO2 emissions through greener IT infrastructure, and reduce data center workloads.
Optimize your real estate, facilities and equipment to reduce energy use and emissions.
Enable decarbonization and manage the transition to clean energy for the long-term health of your business.
IBM Consulting Sustainability Services guides you from strategy to execution to become a sustainable enterprise. We’ll help embed sustainability into your operations and culture across transparent supply chains, ESG reporting and risk management, responsible computing and green IT, and intelligent assets and facilities.
34% of employees who changed jobs in 2021 accepted an average pay cut of 28% to work for sustainable or socially responsible organizations.¹
IBM Garage™ for Sustainability offers an end-to-end model for accelerating sustainable transformation. Used in conjunction with IBM’s Green Compass framework, it enables companies to build trust and embed values in every touchpoint, to view sustainability more holistically, and understand areas to track, report, farm and innovate to achieve sustainability goals.
See why IBM was named a leader in the HFS Top 10: Sustainability Services, 2022 report.