Sustainability

SAP has pledged to allocate 5 per cent of its addressable procurement spending to social enterprises and diverse businesses by 2025, and is urging its 440,000 customers to join it. Under the “5 & 5 by ‘25” initiative announced this week the German software giant will spend five per cent

The Western Australian government has commenced a Request for Information process to construct and commission a big battery with the capacity to power 160,000 homes for two hours. Increased pressure on WA’s electricity system and inaction could result in significant blackouts in the coming years. It will be housed at

Satya Nadella

Telstra and Microsoft have recommitted to their long running partnership on cloud computing, network connectivity and sustainability. The announcement, made late last week, means the two companies will work closely on 5G, edge computing and IoT. Microsoft’s Azure will also be the telcos cloud public cloud of choice and be

Rare earths are critical to the production of smartphones, computer memory, and rechargeable batteries, making them a core component of the world’s digital infrastructure. However, China’s dominance of the sector has revealed weaknesses in the supply chain — especially after COVID exposed vulnerabilities around the world for all kinds of

The shift to sustainability is not only changing how companies manage their business, it is also changing how people invest their money. And in future, as companies seek funds from investors to expand, there will be times when they are likely to have to explain why their business is a

Responsible investments are outperforming traditional ones during COVID-19, according to local investment firms, because of heavy allocations to technology and better governance. Speaking on Boardroom Media’s new Pay It Forward show, Ellerston Capital’s James Tayler said as investors look to a COVID-19 recovery, many are tipping a further move away

Microsoft now believes underwater data centres are reliable, practical and energy sustainable, following the retrieval of a prototype from the ocean floor. The test case could have implications for on-land data centres, which are heavy users of power and fresh water. Microsoft’s test device — a sealed, shipping container-sized data

The bicycle-sharing business seems never to have completely clicked, and the perceptions aren’t helped by images of man-made mountains of discarded bikes from markets like China. Now startup Bolt Bikes claims to have an answer at least for a niche market, with a business model that focuses on the growing

Heavy emitters are facing extreme pressure to make their operations greener, not only from their shareholders but their customers further down the supply chain as well.  Australian business leader Simon McKeon says that while public shareholder pressure has focused executives’ attention on sustainability issues, “there’s an even louder voice which

CouriersPlease aims to be completely carbon neutral across all areas of the business by 2025, beginning with offsetting 100 per cent of its operational emissions – which includes waste, energy use, staff travel and flights. Emissions in the transport sector derive from direct burning of fuels for road, rail, domestic