Lee Dittmar, Principal at Deloitte Consulting, blogged recently about questions executives and decision makers face regarding sustainability.
Do companies have good information regarding the results of their sustainability initiatives? Can they report with confidence measures of tangible and intangible benefits? Do they know if they have taken full advantage of tax incentives and rebates available to offset the costs of our sustainability initiatives? What’s been the actual ROI of abatement and mitigation investments? Do buildings with more natural light really improve productivity and morale, and lead to fewer employee sick days? Are there real impacts on productivity, recruiting or employee retention from sustainability programs?
He further opined that companies are investing in sustainability whether they call it that or not. The goes for IT. His company has long had effort to Green IT through many initiatives. He argues for an expansion beyond the greening of IT towards using IT to meet sustainability issues — IT for Sustainability (ITFS).