Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is how companies manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society. It covers sustainability, social impact and ethics, and done correctly should be about core business – how companies make their money – not just add-on extras such as philanthropy.
“If you as a company can prove that you are doing something worthwhile fighting climate change, you will have a competitive advantage.” Alexander Stubb Vice President EIB
42% of attendees at the WEF 2020 voted that carbon reduction is a top priority for business and global leaders to focus on immediately.
Traditionally businesses rely on paper for data collection throughout various business processes. As part of a CSR initiative, the idea is to reduce carbon foot print as much as possible by eliminating the need to use paper. Advances in information technology have opened exciting avenues for data collection and the implications to business processes company-wide. Mobile data collection utilizes existing information technology products such as phones, smartphones, and tablets (hardware), and software for data gathering. Instead of collecting data on paper using a pen, which is then manually entered into a database for analysis, data is input into a device that is then capable of exporting directly into a centralized database which can be done using the Internet.
Mobile data collection is a powerful method when applied correctly and to appropriate business scenarios. It applies existing technology to existing business processes which results in a more improved process. Mobile data collection offers numerous benefits compared to the traditional paper based data collection tools.
Traditional data collection requires double data entry where users enter data in paper and a data processing employee transfers that data into the computer. Elimination of this redundancy can lead to significant cost savings. Savings are also made on printing costs, which can be significant when transaction volumes are large. Using mobile data collection, the data is instantaneous. With the use of internet access is real-time and global. Data collected is ready for analysis instantly and can be presented automatically in visual form for further decision making. Mobile data collection also increases the accuracy and quality of data compared to the paper base collection. Data does not need to be transcribed from paper to computer thus reducing the possibility of data error.
Speedy access to data improves not only analysis but business responsiveness. Employees have the ability to react to unexpected changes quickly while supervisors and managers can monitor fieldwork online. Problems encountered in the field can be mitigated by the use of mobile data collection. For all these reasons and benefits, many business organizations can benefit substantially by switching from paper to mobile in their daily work. It will also help the business organization stay true to their corporate social responsibility mission.