Intelligent CXO Issue 13 | Page 43

Julie Kae , VP of Sustainability and
DE & I , Executive Director of Qlik . org
developing accurate scenarios and simulations transparently means that everyone in the organisation can understand key actions that need to be taken .
For example , while debate rages on the success or otherwise of COP26 , one of the main focuses has been keeping the world on track to limit the rise in average temperature to 1.5 degrees .
There are urgent scientific reasons why this target has been set , yet even for the largest of organisations , understanding how their activities directly relate to this target can be difficult . With a better understanding of data and the ability to see the narrative in the intelligence , companies are in a much stronger position to align their activities with global goals and crucially , make decisions that have a tangible impact .
Shifting the responsibility for climate change away from the individual
Part of the challenge is that not everyone can be a climate expert . To accurately convey ESG data , each business needs to be able to present it in a user-friendly manner .
By doing so , all stakeholders can work with data to align and activate proactive efforts to operate more sustainably . For example ,
That ’ s the key – making data consumable by everyday users . It can be detailed , or even the result of complex calculations drawing on multiple different sources . But empowering employees to self-serve and use the resulting intelligence to support their roles , rather than stopping what they are doing to decipher huge volumes of information , can have a significant impact – particularly in an area that has been subject to little tracking and reporting .
The climate change question is not going to go anywhere in the near future , so it is a matter of urgency that both governments and businesses play their part and are serious about the environment that we so often take for granted . This means ditching unrealistic sustainability targets that are based on ‘ gut feeling ’ for something more tangible and concrete .
By putting data at the heart of eco-initiatives and sustainability targets , organisations can do just that . Having a data-first approach to tackling the climate crisis not only allows firms to understand how their business practices are impacting the environment , but also enables business leaders to identify areas for improvement and communicate this clearly to all key stakeholders involved .
By leveraging data in this way , organisations can easily grasp how they intend to enact change for the future while transforming lives along the way . x www . intelligentcxo . com