Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are omnipresent in our daily lives. They serve as support for many innovations and they enable the development of new products, services, new ways of organization and approaches.
Nowadays, beyond innovative companies, any business is led to carry out projects in ICTs. The development of a website or the implementation of an information system are part of the growth of any flourishing company. These projects necessarily have environmental and social impacts, which could be keys success factors for your project, if they are properly taken into account. But you still need to know how to identify them…
This page is dedicated to ICT and sustainable development and could greatly help you, starting with providing your SME a tool to analyse and compare your ICT projects. Let’s see how we developed it, with whom and how we can go further on this matter.
Today, most projects managers do not see how sustainable development is relevant for their project. In addition, those few who want to integrate sustainable development into their project / product / digital service often meet difficulties to identify the criteria to integrate and the questions to ask. In this context, the objectives of this auto diagnosis are:
- Raising awareness and arouse curiosity on sustainable development and responsibility in an ICT / digital project
- Enabling project managers to self-identify the challenges of sustainable development and responsibility associated with their project thanks to some questions / criteria.
- Enabling project managers to determine how their ICT/digital project stands with regards to sustainable development issues.
The analysis focuses on digital projects (software / web …) but the tool can be used by all projects holders in ICT. Elements that have been considered were mainly:
- The software socio-eco-design
- The responsible management of the project
- The use of the product / service.
The analysis of the hardware, as a support for the project, cannot be totally excluded, however, it is not about the diagnosis of the company’s ICT policy. The tool helps to diagnosis one particular ICT project.
This auto diagnosis has been developed by a working group of 34 experts in ICT, sustainable development and/or innovation and in association with innovative SMEs. In order to be as collaborative and transnational as possible, a parallel process has been engaged: an on-site working group of twenty people and a collaborative platform remotely accessible. The work method was a key factor in achieving a rapid consensus on the wording of each question. For this matter, mind maps have helped to structure the two sessions of working group and quickly integrate the comments made online.
Example of a mind map from a French workshop:
This self-diagnostic is freely accessible here. It is an assessment consisting of 40 questions directly related to responsible innovation criteria. The questionnaire is anonymous and individual. Each participant gets the profile of the project. If you are interested, you can receive a link by email to compare your project’s profile to others profiles. An average trend will be displayed depending on total number of projects, so the comparison will evolve with in terms of quantity and quality.
KARIM team warmly thanks all the contributors who helped to develop this tool. Thanks to all the meetings participants, who fed the collaborative platform and who gave us feedbacks. We’d also like to thank the people who helped us gather the working group and make it known by experts, the agency which developed the website and the team which communicated on our work.
- Pitch your innovative ideas & raise money for your ICT company, at INNOVENTURE Europe in October 2013.
- |video] What is Responsible Innovation in ICT ?
- Key words / glossary to understand the auto-diagnosis in French and in English
- Responsible Innovation Definitions
- Responsible Innovation, the ultimate weapon against Planned obsolescence (coming soon)
- Responsible ICT Open Forum, 28 november 2013
- ICT for circular economy (coming soon)
Here are the links and documents we used to develop the auto-diagnosis, as well as a base for documentation in our everyday work on ICT and responsible innovation.
- VON SCHOMBERG René. Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technologies Field [PDF]. Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union , 2011.
- FAUCHEUX Sylvie, Christelle HUE, Isabelle NICOLAI. TIC et développement durable. Les conditions du succès, De Boeck, Bruxelles, 2010, 222p
- GROUPE ECOINFO. Impacts écologiques des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication. Les faces cachées de l’immatérialité, EDP Science, 2012, 224p
- PHILIPPOT Olivier, Thierry LEBOUCQ, Frédéric BORDAGE, et autres auteurs. Green Patterns. Manuel d’éco-conception des logiciels, Greencodelab, 2012, 300p
- ALTINIER Armony, Dominique BURGER. Accessibilité web. Normes et bonnes pratiques pour des sites plus accessibles, Eyrolles, 2012, 331p
- WWF. Guide pour un système d’information éco-responsable [PDF]
- EIEx – The magazine of the European Innovation Exchange - ETICA, Ethical issues of emerging ICT application [PDF]
- European Parliement document from the Directorate general for internal policies – Pathways towards responsible ICT Innovation [PDF]
- OTeN – Observatoire des Territoires Numériques – TIC et développement durable : quelles actions pour les collectivités territoriales ?
- La Documentation française – Rapport : TIC et développement durable [PDF]
To go further in sustainability, responsible innovation in ICT, we recommend the following websites:
- Event on 3rd Dec 2013 : OPEN FORUM on Responsible ICT
- Responsible Innovation in ICT : the question of digital traceability. Observatory for responsible innovation de MINES Paritech
- Green Code Lab
- Green IT
- Alliance Green IT. 13 Solutions pour lutter contre l’obsolescence programmée,
- Institut de l’accessibilité numérique.
In order to stay connected with our work on ICT and responsible Innovation, don’t hesitate to join our LinkedIn group (to discuss larger topic on responsible innovation and stay connected with European stakeholders).