Sustainability's Mystery Metrics

Sustainability's Mystery Metrics

Articles have been published recently making the case that for all of it's importance to corporate strategy, sustainability isn't valued yet by corporate investors and that the disconnect comes from a lack of clear metrics to report.  While it may be true that a difference in reporting will better connect financial stakeholders to sustainability's value if you drill down you'll find that the underlying assumptions are a little silly and a lot counterproductive.  Here the case will be made that there are lots of critical business functions that add value but suffer from difficult and dis-uniform metrics.

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The sentence that defines your Sustainability Program

The sentence that defines your Sustainability Program

Then someone starts asking much more detailed questions that are a lot harder to answer.  Face it, it's easier to ask the CFO how much was spent on electricity last year than it is to document when all of your machines run, what their power loads are and how often they're being productive.  Those questions starts to look like a pretty deep rabbit hole when you consider all the things that get plugged in an outlet.  Lighting in all it's forms and options, servers, air conditioning to say nothing of the factory machines, computers and mobile devices that get plugged in or used intermittently.

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