Manufacturers lack the technology to manage their environmental footprint

Source: Business Wire

Dec 18, 2009

IFS North America is releasing the results of a study that reveals almost half of manufacturers lack the enterprise technology to manage their environmental footprint, and another 28% have only limited capabilities.

The study asked manufacturers to what extent their enterprise-wide software allowed them to track their impact on the environment in terms of carbon footprint, solid waste, air and water pollution, product life cycle and product end-of-life impacts.

When it comes to the ability to measure environmental impacts, middle-market manufacturers did more poorly than did companies with more than $1 billion in revenue. Among companies with between $250 million and $999 million in revenue, only 20% of respondents said they were tracking some environmental measures but not others in their enterprise software, while 36% of companies with $1 billion or more in revenue said they had this capability.

The study, conducted for IFS by a third-party research organization, found that 83% of manufacturers said this software functionality was somewhat or very important, and 63% said they would like to see their enterprise resources planning (ERP) software vendor include this functionality as an embedded feature in their products.

The study was based on a survey of more than 260 manufacturing software decision makers. An in-depth report of the findings will be available from IFS North America later this month.