"Economic growth cannot be the only goal" - Trends Information Services

“Economic growth cannot be the only goal” – Trends Information Services

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in investment decisions. The climate, the scarcity of resources and raw materials, but also the well-being and purpose weigh on the objectives of a company. “You have to go beyond just economic growth.”

“We note that the customer’s request has evolved”, specifies Johnny Smets, general manager of the ICT service provider Inetum-Realdolmen. “It’s no longer just a question of functionality and price of a solution.” Indeed, sustainability is becoming increasingly important in investment decisions.

“This is why customers who buy laptops also ask us to specify our strategy for recycling devices. We contact our subcontractors insofar as they also have a role to play in this process. domain.” Furthermore, an integrator like Inetum-Realdolmen sees its role as an advisor taking on increasing importance. The company helps its customers to deploy technology in a sustainable way.

“For the customer, it is no longer just a question of the functionality and price of a solution. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in decision-making.”

Ecosystem

However, a lasting solution can only come about if the whole chain is involved. “We are thinking about how to capitalize on our expertise,” remarks Johnny Smets. “This is only possible by not limiting oneself to the customer, but by considering the complete ecosystem.” In this context, it is important to question the classic paradigm of economic growth.

“Economic growth cannot be the only goal”, insists Johnny Smets. “Financial benefits are not the only way to express wealth. People increasingly attach more importance to the meaning, to the reason for doing something. Ultimately, the raison d’être of a company cannot be limit to making a profit. Sustainability objectives – such as the climate, the scarcity of resources and raw materials, migrations – will play an ever-increasing role. This is a theme that is increasingly present in the debate. “

Johnny Smets is general manager at Inetum-Realdolmen. The Belgian subsidiary of the French group Inetum employs more than two thousand people.

Social aspects

In this context, the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals continues to grow. These are seventeen sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations. It is then up to companies to translate these objectives into concrete ESG (environment, social and governance) projects. “We attach great importance to the well-being of our employees”, insists Johnny Smets. “And in particular to a good balance between private life and work, to health as well as to diversity.”

This is also one of the dimensions of sustainability, since the long-term employability of employees contributes to the sustainable result of the company. “These efforts will bear fruit when each employee can concretely explain in a few years the way in which he or she contributes to the sustainability of the organization. It will be a really interesting exercise.” As a person too , you have to be willing to take another look at your work. “An employee of Inetum-Realdolmen who participates in the Kruispuntbank Inburgering (Bank-Carrefour Social Integration) does not limit himself to software development. He contributes to integration, access to language courses, housing, etc. “

Large scale digitization

It is precisely this aspect that shows that in the long term, economic growth will not remain the only objective. “That’s right,” confirms Johnny Smets. “In addition, we see new technologies emerging every day that help solve major societal issues. Technology thus contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.” However, digitization does not offer an answer to every question. “Perhaps in the long term this large-scale digitization will somehow result in a certain price to be paid,” concludes Johnny Smets. “Will all these digital solutions be positive for humans in the more distant future? At this level too, the sector must be able to dare to ask the question.”

Find out here how Inetum-Realdolmen helps people and organizations to deploy technology in a sustainable way.

“We note that the customer’s request has evolved”, specifies Johnny Smets, general manager of the ICT service provider Inetum-Realdolmen. “It’s no longer just a question of features and price of a solution. Indeed, durability is becoming an increasingly important part of investment decisions.” That’s how customers who buy laptops also ask us to clarify our strategy for recycling devices. We are contacting our subcontractors insofar as they also have a role to play in this area. “In addition, an integrator like Inetum-Realdolmen sees its advisory role is becoming increasingly important. The company helps its customers to deploy technology in a sustainable way. However, a sustainable solution can only come about if the whole chain is involved. “We are thinking about how to capitalize on our expertise,” remarks Johnny Smets. ” This is only possible by not limiting oneself to the customer, but by considering the complete ecosystem. ” In this context, it is important to question the classic paradigm of economic growth. Economic growth cannot not be the only purpose”, insists Johnny Smets. “Financial benefits are not the only way to express wealth. People increasingly attach more importance to the meaning, to the reason for doing something. Ultimately, the raison d’être of a company cannot be limit to making a profit. Sustainability objectives – such as the climate, the scarcity of resources and raw materials, migrations – will play an ever-increasing role. This is a theme that is increasingly present in the debate: “In this context, the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals continues to grow. These are seventeen sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations. It is then up to companies to translate these objectives into concrete ESG (environment, social and governance) projects. “We attach great importance to the well-being of our employees”, insists Johnny Smets. ” And in particular a good balance between private life and work, health and diversity. “This is also one of the dimensions of sustainability since the long-term employability of employees contributes to the sustainable result of the company. “These efforts will bear fruit when each employee can concretely explain in a few years the way in which he or she contributes to the sustainability of the organization. It will be a really interesting exercise.” As a person too , you have to be willing to take another look at your work. “An employee of Inetum-Realdolmen who participates in the Kruispuntbank Inburgering (Bank-Carrefour Social Integration) does not limit himself to software development. He contributes to integration, access to language courses, housing, etc. “It is precisely this aspect that shows that in the long term, economic growth will not remain the only objective. “That’s right,” confirms Johnny Smets. “In addition, we see new technologies emerging every day that help solve major societal issues. Technology thus contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.” However, digitization does not offer an answer to every question. “Perhaps in the long term this large-scale digitization will somehow result in a certain price to be paid,” concludes Johnny Smets. “Will all these digital solutions be positive for people in the more distant future? Here too, the sector must be able to dare to ask the question.” Find out here how Inetum-Realdolmen helps people and organizations to deploy the technology in a sustainable way.

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