Simon Ormston

Stoking up sustainability in IT

By Simon Ormston, Head of Utilities, BTGS.

The increasing pressure of corporate responsibility — combined with the fact that the global ICT industry is a huge and growing contributor in terms of global carbon dioxide emissions — is forcing companies to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. A desire to be ‘more green’ is also prompted by new regulations, fresh customer demands and a need to achieve real savings by reducing the cost of energy, travel and consumables. ICT is uniquely positioned to be the crucial part of the solution.

Getting serious about sustainable IT requires sustainable sourcing. Organisations can make this happen by building sustainability into every part of the IT procurement process. In practical terms this includes spelling out what your organisation wants in areas such as recycling, compliance with energy schemes, responsible asset disposal and consolidation. [Read more…]

Emer Timmons, President BT Global Services UK

The four best things leaders can do to innovate towards sustainability

Information and communications technology (ICT) can help us innovate towards greater sustainability in two key ways – as an agent and a catalyst. So says Emer Timmons, President of BT Global Services UK, in a blog for the World Economic Forum.

Firstly, Emer argues, it helps directly by providing technologies which help reduce carbon emissions. The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) proves the role of ICT in driving a sustainable future. [Read more…]

Japan

The rise of womenomics in Japan

Haruno Yoshida, the president of BT Japan was interviewed by BBC World News for ‘Talking Business with Linda Yueh’, and she had some fascinating things to say about diversity and corporate culture. To follow up, we decided to host a question and answer session with her, which really gets to the bottom of the topics she spoke about in the programme.

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Niall Dunne

Better prepared to assure a better future

By Niall Dunne, BT Chief Sustainability Officer

The planet we live on is an active and sometimes volatile place. Natural disasters and emergencies are registered hundreds of time each year, and scientists say this is set to increase in the future. While there’s continual work on prediction and prevention, it’s just as crucial that recovery in the aftermath is prioritised. And one of the most important considerations? Communication. It helps link communities, streamline relief efforts and restores order when it’s needed most.

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Japanese womenomics

Japanese womenomics: What we want, what we really, really want

There is a Japanese translation of this blog article on our website.

Since Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, pledged to promote the status of women in society, the spotlight has been well and truly on the role of women in the Japanese economy. On 19 September, BT Japan took part in the Womenomics and Women showcase in Tokyo — an opportunity to take the temperature and contribute to an exciting wave of progress.

Japanese government is aiming “to create a society where women can shine” — addressing the challenges that Japanese women face in the workforce and society as a whole. And ‘womenomics’ is a key part of their growth strategy. By making greater use of women and promoting them to leadership posts, they hope to have women in 30 per cent of leadership positions in both the private and public sectors by 2020. [Read more…]