“We just published research that said that those companies who have combined sustainability into their business strategy are two and a half times more successful than those who have not now…,” Sweet said during an interaction with Nasscom president Debjani Ghosh at the IT industry lobby group’s annual Technology and Leadership Forum.
“Sustainable businesses are more efficient from an energy perspective, and more efficient at how they use resources, those efficiencies go into productivity and into cost,” she added.
Accenture aims to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2025 and is expanding its renewable energy focus. It has been recycling up to 75% of water in its India centres.
“We really believe, right, that every business will become a sustainable business. And the opportunity, as a company, is to differentiate to get there first and be more successful. Financial performance comes because employees care about it, and customers care about it and there’s an effect on the bottom line,” Sweet said.
The technology industry, the government and the corporate world at large have a shared responsibility in furthering the sustainability agenda, she said.
The ability of educational institutions to ensure that children can be reskilled is an aspect both industry and individual companies can focus on, she said, adding that for environmental initiatives, the government and public-private partnerships are required.
She also said the technology industry had a responsibility towards empowering non-digital companies and industries.
“If the lens is on what our (technology) industry has a responsibility to do, I start with the fact that we are massively accelerating among our clients in digital transformation and the investment in technology. There is a moment right now, where we can really help companies understand the potential of technology…and as an industry have an impact when all of this investment is happening,” she said.