Jul 11, 2014

Top 10 Greenest Tech Companies

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10. Akami Cloud platform Akami is committed to sustainable business practices and is working to renovate its current office...

10. Akami

Cloud platform Akami is committed to sustainable business practices and is working to renovate its current office space to meet LEED standards. It also wants to incorporate stakeholders into the sustainability process by educating them and including them in the discussion.

9. IBM

IBM is focused not only on the environment, but also being a good neighbor to the communities in which it operates. They aim to promote environmental safety and issue yearly environmental reports detailing their impact.

8. Twitter

Twitter uses a fair amount of non-renewable sources including nuclear and coal to power their business, but it’s still commits itself to aiming for sustainable business practices.

7. Rackspace

More than 40 percent of Rackspace’s employees work in LEED Hold and BREEAM certified buildings, with all future building projects planned to meet the environmental standards.

6. Sales Force

Sales Force is another cloud-based service taking its business into the green. Salesforce claims their cloud services are 95 percent more efficient than using in-office storage systems, such as servers.

5. Microsoft

Despite being a major player in the tech world, Microsoft still has a ways to go to in terms of environmental responsibility. A good chunk of its emissions come from coal, and not all of its emissions reports are completely transparent. However, they’re still committed to improvement and are doing well enough to hold the number 5 spot.

4. Google

Google is a major advocate for renewable energy, which make sense, considering its one of the world’s top innovating companies. While it could definitely still reduce its carbon footprint, it’s a major investor in green energy and is definitely working to see more operations become renewable. It’s also leading the charge for a renewably powered internet.

3. Facebook

Facebook is just slightly ahead of Google in its commitment to sustainable energy. While not as big of an advocate as Google, it’s working tirelessly to implement more green business solutions. Its biggest area of improvement could once again come in its coal use. Facebook has also greatly improved over the last few years in terms of its green energy implementation.

2. Yahoo

Yahoo’s increased purchasing of hydropower means it’s looking to go greener than ever. It’s made significant improvements as well in its sustainability, even if it’s not exactly ahead of the curve anymore. The one area Yahoo could improve is in its transparency in releasing its carbon emission reports.

1. Apple

Apple’s commitment to sustainable energy is something to behold. Just this week, it purchased its third solar farm in North Carolina. Apple is also the first tech company really looking to make its whole operation run on renewable energy. Most importantly, it’s not far off from making that hope a reality. 

 

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Mar 20, 2020

Top 10 ways to prepare for COVID-19

Georgia Wilson
3 min
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s To...

Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management. 

As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, many businesses are left uncertain as to whether their risk mitigation plan is sufficient. 

In a recent webinar conducted by the research and advisory firm just 12% of 1,500 people believe that their business is highly prepared for the impact of COVID-19, while 56% believed themselves to be somewhat prepared, and 11% believed themselves to be very unprepared. 

“Most organizations have done some pandemic planning but still have many unanswered questions about whether they have done everything they can to manage risks,” says Jim Mello, Senior Director, Advisory, Gartner. 

Establish a preparedness framework

Establish a team that represents all critical business functions. These people will report directly to executive management and are responsible for prioritising the importance of business activities and organise them in tiers for response and recovery.

Monitor the situation

It is important to ensure that organisations monitor the rate in which the infection is spreading and its severity. Many rely on the World Health Organisation for information.

Revise finance

Be sure to revise revenue forecasts and communicate with investors, as well as suppliers in regards to any potential finance issues. It is important to ensure that the business has the working capital to ride it out. 

Ways to ensure this include: working capital checks, seeking loans or government-sponsored financial relief.

Extend personal hygiene and cleaning protocols

It is important to comply with any changes to workplace regulations. In addition, it is important to establish protocols for staff returning from infected areas, as well as extending existing hygiene activities.

Review HR 

Ensure close monitoring of absenteeism rates for signs of problems. It is important to identify critical staff in order to make sure the company can continue to function in their absence and be prepared for up to 40% absentee rates.

In addition to reviewing HR policies and procedures, it is important to maintain a level of sensitivity when it comes to engaging with employees and workplace preferences. 

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Establish a communication programme

People can feel out of the loop quickly. Establish a spokesperson appropriate for the situation who can maintain lines of communication. In addition, organisations should establish pre-approved messages and scripts for various stakeholders.

Review the impact on the operation

Although this may seem overwhelming, the team established to represent all critical business functions should identify key areas to consider. It is important to maintain a connection with the reality on the ground in countries affected.

Key questions to consider: is transport functioning? Have holidays been extended? Where can operation continue and where do they need to stop?

Review IT 

IT business functions tend to be relatively well-prepared for business continuity. However, it is important to assess the supply chain for critical equipment and keep extra inventory if required.

In addition, organisations should keep in mind remote data centre management and cloud options for critical systems as well as enabling remote working programs and rescheduling any non-essential IT work prioritising key applications. 

Review pandemic plans to identify any gaps in response

Conduct a preparedness exercise by validating roles and responsibilities as well as recovery requirements and procedures, in order to identify any gaps in the recover capabilities and resource needs.

Review after-action

Following the establishment of a pandemic plan, identify three lessons learned, key observations or improvements for the exercise. After establishing these organisations should priorities the short and long term follow up actions.

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