Last night I attended a Special Interest Group on Corporate Social responsibility, presented by Westpac. There was some great information, which I have distilled down and related back to Green IT on my website:
" "It's about doing the right thing"
This statement is how Alison Ewings started her talk on Westpac's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, presented at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) on 20th May. Ewings went on to talk about how CSR programs based solely on financial benefits are likely to fail when 'times get tough', usually making them one of the first areas to be cut from budgets, and how it is the 'intangible' value of corporate social responsibility that most benefits business, aligning it back to her initial statement - "It's about doing the right thing".
There were a number of best practices such as developing business principals, internal and external CSR engagement programs and redefining purchasing policies presented, which could be easily converted to Green IT scenarios..."
Based on the Westpac recommendations, four key areas for a greener IT include:
- setting up business principals
- reviewing your IT purchasing policy
- setting up reporting metrics
- setting up a stakeholder framework