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Guide for Sustainable Enterprises

Five Actions for Sustainable Business

There’s been a surge in demands for global business to act and run sustainably. 

Customers, employees, and investors are rejecting companies that don’t act to implement sustainable business practices. Accelerated business action for sustainability will certainly have dramatic positive impacts on people and planet, but it’s also the greatest economic opportunity of our time. We must reinvent business to be both profitable and sustainable. To do this we must put people and planet and profits on equal footing. Being a sustainable business is as much about the vitality of your workforce and local communities as it is about health of the environment. As the building blocks of the global economy, businesses need to transform their strategies, operations, and networks to achieve our shared global goals of a cleaner planet and more inclusive, equal societies. Companies that focus on sustainable business performance will gain competitive efficiencies, more easily comply with increasing regulation, and ultimately be able to adapt and thrive through new business opportunities. Sustainability does not have to be an added cost to business. It can be a competitive advantage. It will take holistic approaches to accomplish the outcomes needed at speed and scale.


We’ve outlined five essential actions for sustainable business. These actions apply to companies of all sizes, industries, geographies, and stage of sustainable business maturity. There is no “one size fits all” roadmap. If every company took these actions, we would collectively reinvent businesses, industries, and economies to deliver the positive outcomes we need for our environment and societies everywhere.


Click on the bars below to reveal deeper insights into each of the five actions. To discuss how SAP can help you take action for your sustainable business, contact us.

Bonus report: Closing the Green Gap

Explore the Oxford Economics survey results from 2000 global companies and learn how the network effect is taking corporate sustainability from commitment to impact.

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