5 Must-Have features for your sustainability software

5 Must-Have features for your sustainability software

What is the right feature set for your Sustainability Software?

Calculating your CO2 footprint has never been that easy: online calculators help you with the math, forms help you record all the information, and automated reports help you communicate internally and externally. Sustainability solutions are here making a difference, and they go beyond carbon footprint.

To best support your CSR program, software solutions must feature 5 key characteristics:

1. User-friendliness

If you don’t get the hint within the first 20 min, the software is probably way too complicated for your company. You would have to spend a considerable amount of time training your teams. Look for clean, simple and intuitive software design that boost adoption quickly.

 

2. Single-Source

While sustainability matters could get complicated, most firms deal with a reasonable of dimensions such as carbon footprint calculations, paper usage and philanthropy. To be efficient a single solution should be able to address all your key matters while letting you define you custom KPIs when you deal with unique sustainability objectives.

 

3. Automation

The cool thing with software is that it can simplify your daily tasks through automation. Sustainability solutions should minimally add-up your carbon emissions, offsets, donations and all other key matters and give you a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) to share.

 

4. Cost-Optimized

Working with a triple bottom line strategy does not necessarily mean that you are ready to lower profit. A triple bottom line means optimizing all dimensions of people, planet, and profit. As such your selection of a software solution must include its economics. Solutions that offer predictable, flat-fees are much more predictable. Evergreen solutions (meaning updated regularly) are also important so that your solution does not come obsolete with time.

 

5. Green solutions
If you are implementing sustainability you need to be aware of the impact the software you are purchasing has upon the environment. Green servers and efficiency are one of the top features to look out for. The software provider is in a sense part of your supply-chain and you want to ensure their carbon footprint is neutral.

 

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