By Meghan Fritz-Oracle on Mar 18, 2015
Leading businesses recognize that environmental responsibility is good business, and that well-structured environmental practices deliver bottom line benefits to people, planet and profits. Providing practical, concrete solutions that help customers with their sustainability initiatives should be part of any technology company’s undertaking.
That’s why we are
committed to running our business operations in an environmentally
responsible manner. Oracle, in collaboration with our partners, is also
committed to the development of products and solutions that support our customer's sustainability-related objectives.
By taking an environmental stance, many of our customers have reduced their costs and risks, while improving their revenues and brand. They’ve also been recognized for it. To give you a sense of our customers’ missions and success stories, here are two notable companies that are making positive environmental changes in their countries by way of Oracle technology.
Safe Water Kenya deploys life-saving water filters in remote locations
Safe Water Kenya provides families in need, schools and health clinics with sustainable safe-water delivery systems through the use of ecological biosand filters. The company needed to automate its collection of data used to authenticate critical water filter installations deployed in remote locations. In addition, Safe Water Kenya needed help deploying the water filters as well as optimizing the speed and accuracy of data transfer by eliminating handwritten forms, the use of different field recording equipment, and transcribing survey data. All of these processes were a primary cause of manual entry errors.
To help eliminate these challenges, Safe Water Kenya worked with Oracle partner mFrontiers to deploy Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, Oracle Database 12c, and Oracle Mobile Database Server, along with mFinity EMMP, as a scalable end-to-end enterprise mobility solution to rapidly increase visibility into remote installations of life-saving water filters, facilitate water-filter installations, and dramatically increase data integrity.
Since implementing Oracle technology, Safe Water Kenya has leveraged its biosand filters to help the lives of more than 360,000 people through over 61,000 worldwide installations to date by eliminating more than 95 percent of bacteria and viruses. In deployment areas, the filters typically reduce the incidences of diarrhea by more than 50 percent. This is critical in Kenya, where diarrhea from water-borne diseases is a leading cause of the high death rates among children under five.
Thiess minimizes energy consumption through environmental tracking & reporting
Australia-based contract miner Thiess is responsible for all mining activities in the Leighton Holdings Group. Thiess is a large energy user and emitter of greenhouse gases, so it’s no surprise that its environmental information is key to its management tool set.
As the company has grown, the need for accurate, easily-captured energy usage information has risen. In light of this, Thiess worked with JD Edwards partner Ndevr to implement and deploy the JD Edwards’ Environmental Accounting & Reporting (EA&R) module in order to track and report energy use and calculate its GHG emissions. EA&R has enabled Thiess to use the information gathered to assess its energy usage as well as identify opportunities for improving energy performance across the company.
Using JD Edwards solutions, Thiess went from producing one report – which previously took four months – to producing multiple reports instantaneously and as often as needed. Thiess is now generating reports for every site project to identify where the most energy is used and where to take steps to reduce consumption.
Now it’s your turn
These are only two of the many Oracle customers and their partners who have award-winning stories to tell about their sustainable business practices using Oracle products. Are you working with a customer who is using an Oracle product to help with their sustainability initiatives while reducing costs? Perhaps saving energy, gas or paper? For example, your customer may use Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management to design more eco-friendly products; Oracle Transportation Management to reduce fleet emissions; Oracle Exadata Database Machine to decrease power and cooling needs while increasing database performance; Oracle Business Intelligence to measure and report on environmental impacts, or one of many other Oracle products.
If so, you and your customer may be eligible for the global 2015 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award, part of the Oracle Excellence Awards program. You can submit a nomination by June 12 on behalf of your customer(s). The awards will be presented to the winning customers and their partners by a senior Oracle executive at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in San Francisco.
As a famous Beatle once said, “Out of all those millions and millions of planets floating around there in space, this is our planet, this is our little one, so we just got to be aware of it and take care of it.”
Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President, Oracle