Accenture and SAP Strengthen Partnership to Help Companies Become Sustainable

Accenture and SAP are expanding their decades-long partnership to help companies embed sustainability across the full spectrum of their business operations, empowering users to unlock new value throughout their enterprises and in their value and supply chains.

Through this extended partnership, Accenture and SAP plan to co-innovate and co-develop SAP’s new solution for responsible production and design, which includes capabilities that help companies embed sustainability metrics across their value and supply chains with a focus on product design and manufacturing.

Using integrated data from across operations, companies can better design and produce products with less waste, improved recyclability, and more recycled content. This will also help reduce the growing cost of compliance driven by new regulations for packaging and extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations, according to the vendors. 

“Our work together will enable SAP’s customers, which include 92% of the Forbes Global 2000, to use their core systems to help drive their sustainability agenda, optimize their ESG performance and achieve their goals,” said Julie Sweet, chief executive officer at Accenture. “This expanded collaboration builds on our long history with SAP—including our joint partnership with the United Nations Global Compact and 3M —and our shared commitment to drive adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Accenture also supports SAP’s Climate 21 initiative, which allows companies in any industry to use analytics to measure and minimize carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and lower the carbon footprint across the product lifecycle.

With sustainability metrics added across the end-to-end supply chain, companies gain an integrated view of environmental savings and cost impacts and more easily optimize their operations.   

This collaboration is the latest in a series of initiatives from Accenture and SAP that help businesses capture value from sustainability.

The United Nations Global Compact with the support of Accenture and SAP SE, supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched SDG Ambition in January 2020 and published the SDG Ambition & Integration Guides in September 2020.

Together through the SDG Ambition Accelerator that began in February 2021, more than 600 companies in 65 countries are being upskilled to apply these tools to their businesses.

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