Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Supply Chain Execs: Customers Require Environmental Impact Reporting, but IT Infrastructure “Not Keeping Up” With Requirements

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A survey of more than 200 supply chain executives by IFS finds that:

  • 77 percent: currently required by customers to report on  environmental impact and that of their products or require their vendors to do so.

High number…one would expect information systems services to meet these demands, but that’s not the case.

  • 87 percent: environmental data is handled at least in part through hard copy.
  • 5  percent: rated their ERP software as “excellent” in its handling of green supply chain data
  • 54 percent: rated their ERP solution as “poor” or “not at all helpful” in this regard.

So, as with energy utility executives (see last post), green supply chain executives perceive a mismatch between information requirements and information capabilities.


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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