Published on May 16, 2024, 6:35 am

Digital transformation is an essential journey for many CIOs aiming to be more data-driven. Sustainability practices play a key role in this transformation, as highlighted by Stefano Epifani, president of the Fondazione per la Sostenibilità Digitale in Italy. According to Epifani, digital and sustainability are interconnected, guiding technological development pathways towards a more sustainable future.

In Italy, organizations like Agenzia del Demanio and Generalfinance are embracing advanced digital transformations while prioritizing ESG goals. Massimo Bollati from Agenzia del Demanio emphasizes the importance of integrating sustainability efforts into their strategic industrial plan to enhance public real estate assets’ value through digitalization.

Data plays a fundamental role in driving business practices and anchoring sustainability efforts. For instance, Agenzia del Demanio utilizes data for clustering buildings based on specificities and reallocating them efficiently. Their initiatives focus on utilizing technology such as building information modeling (BIM) and digital twins for effective management.

Generalfinance’s commitment to digital transformation is evident in their ecosystem EFintecH that merges innovation with ESG principles. By leveraging AI tools and adopting digital management methodologies, they have streamlined processes, improved customer experience, and reduced paper usage significantly.

Healthcare institutions like ICS Maugeri SpA are also prioritizing sustainability through IT strategies that support digital innovation while ensuring compliance with regulations and optimizing patient care pathways. The implementation of digital procurement platforms further enhances efficiency in healthcare operations.

With the enforcement of EU Directive No. 2022/2464 on Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), companies are compelled to integrate sustainability into their business models actively. This shift broadens organizations’ responsibilities towards environmental, economic, and social impacts, creating new challenges for CIOs who are now pivotal figures in driving sustainable technology initiatives within their companies.

CIOs must now navigate new roles as change agents in sustainability processes by aligning technological implementations with broader environmental, economic, and social sustainability goals. The primary focus lies in ensuring that digitization initiatives create significant value for enterprises while balancing environmental impacts effectively.

As businesses move towards greater technological integration for sustainability purposes, the role of the CIO evolves to encompass strategic coordination of transformational efforts across various sectors. This dynamic landscape demands adaptability from CIOs to lead stakeholders through continuous transformations vital for a company’s long-term competitiveness.

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