In the first session of the SDG Summit, Carol Wilson, TCS’ head of communications, media, and information services for UK/Europe, spoke about the role that technology companies can play in sustainability.
As one of the top three ICT providers in the world and as an employer of more than half a million people, TCS and the Tata Group has a long commitment to sustainability. Wilson outlined how the company views its contribution and why the company “feels the need to step out on the front foot”.
Ecosystems are at the heart of the approach, the idea that bringing partners, clients, academia, and other parties together to support digitalisation is very powerful and will indirectly support sustainability.
“No company is able to achieve digitalisation or sustainability on their own,” Wilson told the summit.
She mentioned initiatives such as Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture, and TCS Pace Port, which brings together partners from academia, government institutions, start-ups and technology providers to innovate.
“While fostering and developing ecosystems to drive working together is the focus of TCS’ approach to sustainability, the company also has a role as an employer and as a major player in the ICT industry,” Wilson said.
As a provider of skilled jobs globally, the company uses technology to drive sustainability across its operations, for example harvesting rainwater across all its facilities in India, using roof-top solar power and increasing awareness and education about digital and sustainability.
Since the industry accounts for 3-4% of global CO2 emissions, TCS also plays a broader role in helping reduce ICT emissions. Wilson cited helping clients achieve their aims, sharing network infrastructure, and fast-tracking technologies as the three pillars of how TCS frames its contribution to sustainability while concluding that “we have a very multifaceted role to play” on sustainability.
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