– About Sustainable IT

Five keys to implementing your sustainable IT strategy

Sustainable IT is a broad topic that includes both environmental and social sustainability throughout the product life cycle. Doing it right can help your organization reduce risks, lower costs and improve business results.

Today’s IT products are manufactured and used in a mainly linear way, which leads to the depletion of valuable and sometimes scarce natural resources, a large climate impact and enormous amounts of e-waste. Major social problems such as health hazards, excessive overtime and human rights violations also occur throughout the supply chain. By developing a sustainable, circular strategy for IT procurement, organizations can lower their impact and reduce costs connected to its IT usage1. Paying attention to sustainability can in some cases also lead to better business results, and more profit2.

Sustainable IT strategy – 5 key aspects

1. Include environmental AND social sustainability

A sustainable IT strategy should cover all major sustainability challenges throughout the product’s life cycle, including environmental risks such as pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as social aspects such as worker health and safety, child labor, and living wages. Many issues are linked which means that a broad sustainable IT strategy will be much more coherent and efficient. For example, there is a clear link between social responsibility and circularity. Human and worker rights can actually be used as levers to accelerate our transition to a circular economy.