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BUSINESS SYSTEMS: Preparing for the Future

 





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In todayÂ’s economy, achieving a healthy bottom line in business is no longer enough. With environmental and social issues now forming part of management considerations, companies are juggling various elements to stay competitive. However, while corporate awareness and interest in these responsibilities has heightened, many businesses are struggling to integrate them into their overall strategies.

Most companies have become active and committed partners in the communities where they conduct business, and with the growing importance of environmental and social issues, many have implemented specific environmental or social management systems during the last decade. “These systems have, however, rarely been integrated with the general management system of a firm. As a consequence, environmental and social management is often not linked to the economic success of the company and the economic contribution of environmental and social management therefore remains unclear,” explains Gerald Naidoo, CEO of Logikal Consulting.

Understanding this, Logikal Consulting has partnered with worldwide leader in sustainability management, SAS, to provide businesses with problem-specific models, proven methodologies and best practices to support sustainability strategies for their organisations. SAS provides an integrated platform for business analytics that enhances performance management initiatives with a consistent, accurate view of information. This, explains Naidoo, is key to every sustainability solution, providing insight into costs and cost drivers, as well as the financial impacts of sustainability initiatives.

“Our partnership with SAS demonstrates our commitment towards a sustainable future, and as the only partner in South Africa with this sustainability capability, we are uniquely positioned to help companies navigate through the overwhelming mass of information about sustainability—filtering the information that will matter most to managers, and helping businesses fend off the threats and capitalise on the opportunities that sustainability presents,” says Kevin Mani, Managing Executive at Logikal Consulting.

Whether modelling cleaner generation of power, improving energy efficiency, promoting better utilisation of critical resources to minimise waste, or assisting environmental protection initiatives, Logikal Consulting and SAS allow companies to align management strategies to sustainability initiatives. “Insights in how to make sustainability work for a company is an ever-evolving process. Sustainability remains a very complex phenomenon to understand and, therefore, will allow businesses to achieve gains across the company, making the organisation efficient in the long run, rather than merely achieving compartmentalised benefits and cost savings,” says Naidoo. “It’s not about making trade-offs, but ensuring a win-win situation for the company and the environment.”

Mani adds that it is no longer a question of choice, but rather a necessity, and that companies need to see the advantages of being sustainability, instead of viewing it as another noise in the market – or another cost to the business. “Sustainability as a business issue should be core to every organisation’s strategy agenda. Sustainability is not often connected to profitability, at least not in most people’s minds. When one thinks of sustainability, often the costs are the first issue to look at because in the end all products or services are about the money. But the one does not have to exclude the other.”

This value proposition has been understood and adopted organisations whose very existence relies on achieving and ensuring sustainability: utilities. Among its clientele, Logikal Consulting has been appointed the sole source provider for a local utility, helping it minimise environmental impact while preparing for the future.


“Sustainability, by its very nature, is transforming business management and strategy. Issues such as resource use, waste production, and environmental impact are not separate factors, but part of effective management. Progressive companies need to incorporate a consistent approach to sustainability in their values, vision and system in order to attain the benefits it can offer,” Naidoo concludes.


 
 
 
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