Science sans conscience n’est que ruine de l’âme.
Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul
Digital 4 Impact
In the last 3 years, Impact Labs 4 Earth has been analyzing the emerging Digital Technologies supporting Sustainable or Ecological Business Transformation in many different Industries. We call this new, emerging paradigm Digital 4 Impact, where a regenerative economy is prioritized through digitally enabled sustainability, resulting in positive impact across environmental and social aspects.
This new technology landscape has spread to multiple industries and sectors, from Carbon Management to Eco-Design & Carbon Credit Marketplaces, changing the way companies can measure, reduce and compensate their negative impacts, as well as better understand the positive impact they could (and should) have on the environmental and socioeconomic spheres. This means, transitioning from an extractive to a more circular or even regenerative economy.
At Impact Labs 4 Earth, we leverage these technologies to gain a better understanding of the real-life opportunities and challenges from their implementation. Our clients are then able to make informed decisions and receive expert advice on whether to adopt or disconsider specific tech in their path towards sustainability and beyond.
Digitalization of Sustainability
After 3 years of experience in environmental consulting, one of our root beliefs was established:
Digital Technologies are the biggest opportunity to accelerate the Sustainable or Ecological Transition of business in ALL industries
However, for a successful implementation, there must be a thorough selection and match process, where the purpose of the technology is clear and the Impact Targets are defined.
The benefits associated with Digital 4 Impact are many, among which:
- Precise measurement of impact;
- Enable Data-Driven Eco-design and Optimization of Operations;
- Better sourcing of raw materials and a detailed understanding of their environmental footprint;
- Better communication and collaboration between different stakeholders;
- Improved product labelling and consumer awareness;
- Quality monitoring of operations and impact;
- Increased transparency between different stakeholders, enabling the optimization of Compensation Programes;
- Empower employees, integrating sustainability into their role and functions, from Procurement to Finance;
- and, provide more accurate and measurement and decision-making tools for the top Management (than yearly ESG reports that did not help to take action so far).
Digital 4 Impact is, more than an emerging system, it’s an opportunity for companies to substantially advance their transformation and embed sustainability into functions and across supply chains, enabling ecosystemic symbiosis and systemic change.
As with every Digital Transformation, it has several challenges and internal impacts to be managed:
- Selection of the right tech for a specific business or supply chain – there is no “one shoe fits all” solution for the environmental and ecologic crisis;
- Correct, scaled and progressive implementation – we identify a lack of “Proof of Concept” culture, where the ….
- Technical expertise to properly integrate new technologies into business operations;
- Engagement between actors at different stages of the supply chain.
The implementation of such technologies often has a Systemic Impact on the Value Chain and invites us to rethink the way we Source → Transform → Transport → Build → Distribute → Use → until End-of-Life. Thus inviting us to rethink the Business A to Z.
From now on, Impact Labs 4 Earth will share our knowledge and experience on our website (www.impactlabs.earth) and here, on LinkedIn.
We aim to integrate research and knowledge acquisition into our company’s culture and, with that, accelerate Sustainable Business Transformation fueld by Digital Technologies. This will be part of our Lab Research on :
1/ Digitally enabled Sustainability
2/ Impact Data & Analytics
3/ Regenerative Business Transformation
While thinking about the positive Impact those technologies can bring, we will also systematically weigh in the potential negative impact, making sure those technologies are implemented in full consciousness.
This “Digitalization of Sustainable Transformation” is an opportunity to enter a new Age of Sustainability, and maybe even allow a Renaissance for our economies, like what happened during the French Renaissance in the 15th century, when Rabelais, a famous physicist and philosopher, highlighted the need to carefully think the usage of technology to drive progress.
Without consciousness, Science (or Technology) might lead us into blind “Techno-solutionism”, or on the contrary, into the light of a Regenerative Economy that is thriving between planetary boundaries and strong social foundations.
Our Podcast #RebootBusiness by Julien Devaureix explores these topics.
We hope to engage in meaningful conversations with the Leaders & Pioneers who will dare to further advance their Transition and get into this next stage of Transformation.
Stay tuned, and follow us on our LinkedIn page to stay informed.
Here we explore the sustainability of e-commerce and its impact on product distribution, comparing the GHG emissions associated with e-commerce and physical retail stores and providing insights on how to make informed decisions as a consumer. The article also discusses the importance of omnichannel in reducing direct distribution emissions and highlights how e-commerce can be an enabler for sustainability use cases.
Dans cet épisode, nous discutons de l’importance d’intégrer l’impact environnemental des entreprises dans leurs décisions et de la nécessité d’une collecte et d’une gestion efficaces des données extrafinancières
What are the parallels between the Digital Transformation that deeply impacted all business sectors, and the Sustainability Transformation that is on its course? Can these 2 transformations boost sustainability and create value?