Manage and Improve Your Sustainability Performance Efficiently

  • by Frank Rambo, PhD, Director, Customer Solution Adoption (CSA), EMEA
  • June 22, 2010
SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management helps organizations track and communicate sustainability performance, set goals and objectives, and monitor activities – all while helping to reduce the time and cost spent collecting data and compiling disclosures. Learn more about the business case for this application and how it works on a high level. Understand SAP’s two-fold role in the sustainability area as exemplar and enabler.
Key Concept
SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management (SuPM) is just one solution within SAP’s offerings for integrated sustainability management. Sustainability performance management is considered a c-level topic that works along with capabilities of other products such as SAP Carbon Impact, SAP Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Management, SAP Business Suite, SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence, SAP Recycling Administration, and integration scenarios with SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management, SAP BusinessObjects Risk Management, and SAP BusinessObjects Process Control. SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management leverages relevant data from source systems for performance reporting and turns it into actionable data to improve your company’s sustainability performance.

SAP chief sustainability officer Peter Graf defines sustainability as “increasing short- and long-term profitability by holistically managing economic, social, and environmental risks and opportunities.” This summarizes the main aspects of sustainability in today’s business world: Businesses intrinsically are not driven by green or philanthropic motivation. Therefore, for sustainability to matter to business, it must drive profitability. Companies are focusing more on how measuring sustainability can improve their processes and profitability. (For more on their increased interest, see the sidebar, “Increasing Interest in Sustainability.”)

SAP developed SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management to enable companies to do just that. SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management allows companies to: 

  • Identify and manage opportunities that lead to a more sustainable business
  • Monitor their sustainability performance in a way that’s actionable so they can execute on their strategic objectives
  • Report their sustainability performance against one or often against multiple external frameworks. (For more detail, see the sidebar “External Reporting Frameworks.”)

I’ll take you through some of the features of SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management, including reporting featu res, integration possibilities, and some technical considerations.

Note
For a good technical companion to this article, see Raj Behera's "A Technical How-To for Installing SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management."

Frank Rambo, PhD

Frank Rambo, PhD, is managing a team within SAP’s Customer Solution Adoption (CSA) organization working with customers in the SAP analytics area with the objective to drive adoption of new, innovative solutions. Prior to this position, he worked eight years for SAP Germany as a senior consultant focusing on SAP security and identity management. Before he joined SAP in 1999, Frank worked as a physicist in an international research team. He lives in Hamburg, Germany.

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