A Sustainability Discussion: Seizing the Opportunity for Innovation

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Chris Librie Director of ESG, Corporate Sustainability and Reporting, Applied Materials
Corporate Sustainability
Computing Industry
Sustainability Innovation

I recently had the pleasure of joining a panel with sustainability practitioners from the computing industry for a discussion titled, “Driving Decarbonization in Turbulent Times and Beyond” at the Responsible Business Summit. The discussion was hosted by Reuters and moderated by Brian Carey, Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions, ENGIE Impact. Joining me as panelists were Prakash Arunkundrum, Head of Global Operations and Sustainability at Logitech and Page Motes, Director of Sustainability at Dell. Topics ranged from the use of data in assessing sustainability risks to engaging suppliers in sustainability objectives, as well as the use of financing mechanisms to accelerate sustainability progress.

As each panelist discussed the various sustainability objectives and initiatives our companies are undertaking, it became very clear that many businesses in our industry are innovating to improve not only their footprint but those of their value chain—suppliers and customers. It was encouraging to hear how my fellow panelists and other companies at the summit are also looking at sustainability from a holistic view. Having like-minded travelers on the journey to greater sustainability benefits everyone in the industry.

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