“There are a number of things, covering both social and environmental sustainability,” explains Helena Babelon. “We want to use fewer resources, especially when it comes to electricity. When we lease our IT equipment, we demand that the supplier reuses the IT products whenever possible. Social requirements are important; they have been included in the contracts for IT purchases earlier, too. We also make sure that we have the right to acquire product data that allows us to follow up on internal goals.”
To identify the right priorities in procurement, Helena Babelon and her colleagues used Electrolux’s corporate sustainability framework to define the requirements for sustainable IT, which are now included in the IT Master Services Agreement. For additional insights and inspiration, they connected with counterparts in other organizations. All along, top management supported their efforts, which was an essential success factor, according to Helena Babelon.