Sustainability and ESG: Sustaira, Mendix team up at Hannover Messe

By Maggie Burnham
Sustainability and ESG is discussed in front of a computer at the Hannover Messe trade fair.
Sönke Hotsch, Mendix industry manager for supply chain management, explains Sustaira’s Sustainability and ESG Circle and Mendix to an attendee at the Hannover Messe trade fair.

Hannover Messe, one of the world’s largest trade fairs dedicated to industry development, was held May 30 – June 2. We at Sustaira are proud to have participated in this event with Siemens and Mendix. In case you missed it, we want to provide an overview of our contribution to the event.

Partnering for a sustainable future

The Siemens motto for Hannover Messe 2022 was, “Let’s combine real and digital worlds for a sustainable tomorrow.” This motto couldn’t be more aligned with Sustaira’s goal. Mendix’s industry manager for supply chain management, Sönke Hotsch, shared a handful of examples of where Mendix and Sustaira can partner to help companies through their sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) journies. Specifically, Mendix and Sustaira co-presented:

  • Sustaira’s all-in-one Sustainability and ESG application platform
  • ESG and Sustainability Goals and KPI Tracker app
  • Sustaira’s Carbon Accounting app
  • Sustainability Gamification and Rewarding
  • How to create custom apps for any need with Sustaira and Mendix

Sustainability and ESG challenges

The Sustainability and ESG journey requires overcoming substantial challenges. Regardless of where an organization may be, whether just starting to set goals or diving into scope 3 emissions, there are core challenges almost everyone faces. Examples include but aren’t limited to:  

  • Difficulties keeping up with changes to requirements and regulations
  • Sustainability and ESG data are siloed and disparate internally and externally
  • Manual, error-prone processes and Excel spreadsheets make aggregating and managing data difficult and inefficient
  • Inability to turn insights into measurable action without a way to track progress and results of set goals
  • Struggles engaging employees, students and other stakeholders around sustainability
  • Inefficient reporting and a lack of transparency in the supply chain and product lifecycle

Sustaira’s Sustainability Circle

Mendix’s enterprise low-code platform is an essential tool in solving these challenges. Sustaira leverages Mendix to address each and every challenge above and has created the Sustaira Sustainability Circle as a visual representation of how Sustaira functions on top of Mendix.

Sustaira's Sustainability Circle
Sustaira’s Sustainability Circle illustrates how its Sustainability and ESG application platform works with internal and external data sources.

Sustainability and ESG extends well beyond reporting. It includes the entire sustainability journey: from goal setting to data aggregation and awareness, to taking action and seeing results from those actions to the ever-important digital reporting piece. It even goes beyond the “E” of ESG and includes social and governance applications. Within the circle, Sustaira has created low-code application templates dedicated to the needs of each area. These templates are building blocks to accelerate an organization’s journey and can be rapidly tailored to each organization’s needs.

Underneath the circle, you see internal and external data sources such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), product lifecycle management (PLM), human resources (HR) systems, Excel and more. Think of Sustaira and Mendix as a smart layer on top of these systems. Sustaira’s low-code applications integrate directly with these systems to bring all of your sustainability into a single source.

What you may have missed

At Hannover Messe, Sustaira’s launchpad, Goals and KPI Tracker app, Carbon Accounting app, Gamification and Rewards app and a custom application demo dedicated to manufacturing, were all shown. To see what we shared at the fair, watch Sustaira’s recent webinar featuring Sönke Hotsch.

If you would like to try out the Sustaira platform, there is a free 14-day trial version of the basic platform that provides access to a few apps such as the Goals and KPI Tracker. Following the trial, you will have a limited free version, or you can choose to update to Standard or Premium for access to more tiles and the option to co-create a completely new ESG and Sustainability app.

Sustainability and ESG, after all, is a team effort. If you would like to know more about Sustaira, or if you have any questions, please reach out through this contact form.

About the author

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Maggie Burnham is the Business Development, Marketing and Communications Manager at Sustaira. Focused on content creation, campaign execution, and many other roles that come with being part of a fast-growing start-up. She’s a high-energy communicator based in Denver with six years of experience in her field. 

About Sustaira

Sustaira is the Sustainability & ESG Software Platform for web and mobile solutions. As a 360-degree software platform, Sustaira is on a mission to accelerate Sustainability and ESG initiatives by enabling and empowering sustainability directors to make their organizations more sustainable.

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