Capgemini Study Finds Sustainability Practices Amongst Manufacturing Sector Remains Low

Date : 15-Jun-2021
Location: Singapore


Capgemini,a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. 

Key Takeaways:

  • A comprehensive guide for manufacturers, only 51% of manufacturing organizations globally are aiming to align with the temperature contribution target of the Paris Agreement.
  • The report also reveals that manufacturers are boosting their sustainability agenda with technology, as more than half (56%) of organizations are currently prioritizing the deployment of digital technologies for sustainability.
  • However,the manufacturing sector lacks a comprehensive focus on sustainability, and the maturity of sustainability practices remains low: only 10% of organizations employ a holistic approach to sustainable manufacturing.


  • Corinne Jouanny, Chief Innovation Scaling Officer at Capgemini Engineering,said,technologies and data are critical to accelerating the sustainability agenda.


1.) Capgemini Research Institute entitled, Sustainable operations: A comprehensive guide for manufacturers:

  • 20% aiming for carbon-neutral operations and two in five (40%) setting their sights on 100% renewable operations by 2030.
  • only 51% of manufacturing organizations globally are aiming to align with the temperature contribution target of the Paris Agreement. Within this cohort, Germany (68%) and France (67%) are leading the pack with respect to their manufacturers being on track to achieve the targets.
  • 89% of organizations implementing sustainability initiatives see an enhanced brand reputation and 81% noted an improved environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating of their company.
  • 79% achieved improved efficiency and productivity and more than half reduced packaging costs and boosted employee motivation levels.
  • 9 in 10 organizations have seen a reduction in waste (98%) and greenhouse gas emissions (94%) as a result of implementing sustainability practices — both of which are top priorities for manufacturers.
  • The Capgemini Research Institute surveyed 1,000 executives among large manufacturers across business functions and regions. Out of these, 480 organizations surveyed were represented by an executive from the business-facing side and one from sustainability functions. In addition, the researchers conducted one-on-one interviews with 15 senior sustainability executives from the industry’s major players.

2.) Maturity stages of sustainability practices:

  • Scope 1 - direct emissions that the organization owns or controls - only 38% are practicing this
  • Scope 2 - indirect emissions such as generating the electricity used by the organization
  • Scope 3 - all other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain), neglecting other carbon drivers beyond internal processes.

3.) On 2-Jun-2021, Blue Prism has named Capgemini its Regional Best Practices Partner of the Year (APAC) for the second year in a row, in recognition of the Group’s sustained efforts in helping enterprises drive intelligent automation adoption and innovation.

Best Practices:

The report concludes with the top sustainability practices or applications within each of the ‘six R’ areas and outlines the critical success factors for organizations to reach their sustainability goals:

  • Align business teams and sustainability executives to explain synergies between performance and sustainability, and anchor the joint agenda
  • Work with customers and suppliers to reduce indirect emissions
  • Build transparency through effective reporting and ensure accountability
  • Incorporate sustainable ways-of-working and operating culture
  • Invest in technology and data-driven innovation to ensure sustainability goes hand in hand with profitable growth. 

Case Studies:

Capgemini recently announced in April 2021 that they are working with Heng Hiap Industries, a fully integrated plastic recycling company in Malaysia with 19 years of experience, to design an innovative business roadmap for a new mobile application, which rewards and simplifies the process of plastic waste recycling for consumers in their communities. 

Editor's comments:

  • Capgemini is a global company helping clients to achieve digital transformation to scale up automation and sustainability.


According to the report, manufacturers need to go beyond existing lean and green practices – reduce, reuse, recycle - to a more comprehensive approach, one that incorporates recover, redesign and remanufacture. While most organizations focus on direct emissions to achieve their carbon-neutrality goal, much of the carbon footprint for manufacturers lies within the indirect emissions of their organization, and that of their value chain.

Sustainability Practices Amongst Manufacturing Sector Remains Low
Sustainability Practices Amongst Manufacturing Sector Remains Low
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