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In a new study by IFS North America, half of manufacturers surveyed lack the enterprise technology to manage their environmental footprint, and another 28 percent have only limited capabilities. The study asked manufacturers to what extent their enterprise-wide software allows them to track their impact on the environment in the area of carbon footprint, solid waste, air and water pollution, product lifecycle and product end-of-life impacts.
When it comes to the ability to measure environmental impacts, middle-market manufacturers did more poorly than did companies with more than $1bn in revenue. Among companies with between $250m and $999m in revenue, only 20 percent of respondents said they were tracking some environmental measures but not others in their enterprise software, while 36 percent of companies with $1bn or more in revenue said they had this capability.
IFS is a provider of ERP software and services. The research, conducted for IFS by a third-party organization, was based on a survey of more than 260 manufacturing software decision makers. An in-depth report of the findings will be available from IFS North America later this month.
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