Information Systems for Sustainability and Global Competitiveness


As sustainability becomes more mainstream, companies face increasing demands to address environmental and social factorsas part of their daily operations. The result is that companies need to attend to an ever increasing set of regulations that varyby jurisdiction and often overlap along with demands for more transparency and reporting on how they are meeting theserequirements. Delivering on these commitments, which is a first step towards embedding sustainability into the fabric of thecompany, comes with a high cognitive load. It is natural under these circumstances to turn to information systems (IS) tohelp manage the task. Our study examines how one large integrated energy company is attempting to use IS to support thesefoundational sustainability efforts and asks to what extent IS can successfully meet the challenge.