With the United Nations announcing earlier this year that we only have 11 years to prevent irreversible damage from climate change, the urgency to address environmental issues is reaching new heights. In response, companies are announcing increasingly aggressive targets while—at the same time—communicating progress to-date. Yet, even as 86 percent of S&P 500 Index Companies now publish sustainability reports, the process for compiling the data included in the reports can be complex and arduous. Now, one company is putting its leading cloud-based software behind sustainability reporting in an effort to create further transparency, engagement and ultimately, advancement.
Ahead of the UN Climate Summit and Climate Week NYC, Salesforce announced the launch of Salesforce Sustainability Cloud to “drive climate action that will accelerate the world’s efforts towards carbon neutrality.” The platform gives businesses a “360-degree view” into their environmental impact and overall sustainability performance. It allows organizations to quickly track, analyze and report data to help reduce carbon emissions and harnesses Salesforce Einstein Analytics to create reports and dashboards that can help with both auditing and executive engagement. The goal of the platform is to give more ownership and ease back to organizations throughout the carbon reporting process – which is often done by hand or through a third-party tool. The announcement ladders up to Salesforce’s headline sponsorship of Climate Week NYC later this month and the cloud-based giant’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The sustainability reporting process, while ever-more critical, can be time-consuming and demanding. When one reporting cycle ends, companies often jump right into next year’s report. The Salesforce Sustainability Cloud can now offer a more turnkey solution that provides greater insight into a company’s carbon footprint, not only streamlining the reporting process, but arming sustainability practitioners with the necessary data to further innovate overall environmental performance.