SAP's emerging line of green IT software got a boost today with the announcement of an application that helps companies pull together data about their corporate sustainability, analyze the information and create reports.
The software, BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management, is just the latest outcome of a major public push SAP launched this year around sustainable practices. Sustainability tracking is a sprawling field, going well beyond environmental issues such as carbon emissions or the amount of fuel consumed. Companies are also looking to put hard numbers on areas such as product and workplace safety. Overall, the movement serves multiple purposes, such as managing risks and finding cost savings, as well as burnishing a company's public image.