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What is business sustainability and what are the benefits?


Business sustainability encompasses strategies, initiatives and actions that address environmental, social, and economic challenges, also ensuring long-term business viability and success.

Business sustainability solutions aim to minimise the negative impact of business operations on the environment and society, while also generating positive economic outcomes.

Implementing sustainability solutions can help your business become more economically efficient, socially conscious and environmentally responsible.

By implementing sustainability solutions, your business can reap multiple benefits, including:

  • Cost savings through reduced resource consumption and waste.
  • Enhanced brand reputation and market differentiation, appealing to eco-conscious consumers.
  • Regulatory compliance and reduced exposure to legal risks.
  • Improved employee satisfaction and retention, attracting top talent.
  • Resilience against resource scarcity and volatile markets.
  • Increased investor confidence and access to sustainable finance opportunities.
  • Positive impact on the environment and society, contributing to a better world.

Ultimately, embracing sustainability can lead to a competitive advantage and long-term success for your business, while also contributing to a more sustainable and resilient global economy.

ESG Optimiser

ESG Optimiser is a business sustainability solution that simplifies the capture, measurement, reporting and analysis of your ESG and business sustainability data.

It consists of software and services which work together to:

  • Establish a platform for your business sustainability success by auditing your current position and performance, and guiding your strategy creation that will achieve your objectives
  • Build a data foundation by automating the collection and consolidation of ESG data types into a single system of auditable, financial-grade data
  • Streamline reporting and disclosures with a powerful emissions calculation engine and flexible reporting tools to meet strict external and internal requirements
  • Accelerate decarbonisation by identifying energy and emissions savings, driving engagement within your business and tracking progress at every stage of your journey
  • Future proof your business with advanced analytics that enable forecasting and scenario planning, driving cost-effective business action to stay ahead of stakeholder demands
ESG Optimiser integrated data and analytics platform

ESG Optimiser platform & services

At the core of our solution is a fully integrated technology platform with 9 in-built modules to choose from, plus 3 specialist tools all of which enable sustainability measurement, emissions tracking and ESG reporting compliance, to meet your decarbonisation goals and to manage your social responsibility performance.

Click the image to expand a full view of all modules and tools.

Included with the platform is a complete implementation and ongoing support service and if you require more, Ikano Insight offers advance planning and support as well as ongoing optimisation services.

Click here to book a demo, and chat about your business needs.

For full details of each module, specialist tool or implementation services, click any block below:

Programme design and strategy

Platform modules and tools

Emissions management

Social performance

ESG reporting


Implementation support & optimisation

Would you like to see how ESG Optimiser – our fully integrated ESG data and analytics platform works?

Book a 30 minute demo, and chat with an ESG data expert

ESG Optimiser is powered and supported by IBM Envizi technology, the world leader in ESG and sustainability software, so you can be sure you are in safe hands.

Ikano Insight is a Silver Partner in the IBM Partner Plus programme, chosen for our advanced analytics expertise and sustainability credentials. We provide the tools and resources to simplify your sustainability journey.


Our sustainability success stories


Sustainability solutions

Sustainability dashboards power eco-drive in retail

Accessible data and analysis enables consumer driven strategic decisions

Sustainability dashboards power eco-drive in retail

IKEA have big ambitions for 2030, already totally committed to doing their part to tackle climate change, unsustainable consumption, and inequality.

We identified every measurement required to achieve their sustainability objectives.

35 different data sources were integrated, to ensure that the dashboard would visualise progress on a company wide scale.

Data availability and usability is fundamental to the success of any sustainability strategy, and IKEA have been able to make critical decisions on their journey to providing customers with products and services that directly lead to more sustainable living.

In Thailand IKEA has created their first Circular Shop, rebranding their established As-is service selling used display pieces at bargain prices and offering spare parts for free.

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Frequently asked questions

What is business sustainability?

Business sustainability refers to the practice of conducting business operations in a manner that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It involves considering economic, environmental, and social factors in decision-making to achieve long-term success while minimising negative impacts on the planet and society. And crucially it now also involves complying with legislative reporting requirements as governments world-wide set targets for businesses who trade within their national borders.

What are some common sustainability challenges businesses face?

Businesses may encounter challenges such as managing waste and emissions, reducing energy consumption, sourcing sustainable materials, promoting fair labour practices, addressing social inequalities, meeting sustainability reporting requirements, and integrating sustainability principles across the entire value chain.

What are some effective strategies for improving business sustainability?

  • Adopting renewable energy sources and energy-efficient technologies to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Implementing circular economy principles to minimise waste and promote recycling.
  • Engaging with suppliers to ensure sustainable sourcing of raw materials.
  • Investing in employee training and well-being to enhance social sustainability.
  • Supporting community initiatives and philanthropy to address local needs.
  • Embracing eco-friendly packaging and sustainable product design.
  • Integrating sustainability into corporate governance and decision-making processes.

What role does technology play in business sustainability?

Technology plays a crucial role in advancing sustainability solutions. Businesses can leverage data analytics to monitor and optimise their resource usage, use Internet of Things (IoT) devices to track energy consumption, employ artificial intelligence for supply chain optimisation, and utilise blockchain for transparent sourcing. Technology enables businesses to make informed decisions and drive sustainability innovations.

What are some examples of businesses successfully implementing sustainability solutions?

Several businesses have excelled in sustainability, like Patagonia, known for its environmental activism and eco-friendly products, Unilever for its sustainable sourcing and waste reduction efforts, and IKEA for its commitment to renewable energy and circular economy practices. These examples demonstrate that sustainability can drive business success while benefiting society and the planet.

Remember that business sustainability is an evolving field, and new challenges and solutions may arise over time. Stay informed, adapt, and continue seeking innovative ways to make a positive impact on the environment and society while ensuring the long-term success of your business.

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Review your sustainability objectives, challenges and see which platform modules would match your needs.

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