SOURCE: UNIT4

UNIT4

June 17, 2010 12:00 ET

UNIT4 Announces Sustain4 -- The Fastest and Most Reliable Environmental Performance Management Solution for Business

Delivers Immediate Assessment of Organizational Environmental Impact Using Existing Financial and Business Data; Supports Multi-Level Analysis, Reporting and Benchmarking of Ongoing Environmental Impact Across the Entire Supply Chain

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) -  UNIT4, the world's leading provider of change-embracing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business software, today announced Sustain4, an environmental performance management solution to help executives understand and improve their environmental and business performance. The announcement was made today at the Grape Escape Analyst event in Boston.

Developed in partnership with global environmental impact specialists, Trucost, it makes use of their unique database and model to rapidly assess and benchmark an organization's environmental impacts based on readily available financial and business data. This bypasses months or years of research normally required for such analysis.

Sustain4 helps organizations assess, manage and improve their corporate environmental performance across more than 700 areas of environmental impact from greenhouse gas production to water usage based on impact assessments from thousands of organizations across 464 industries. Users can swiftly benchmark themselves against other organizations in their sector as well as capture, analyze and track their ongoing performance across their entire supply chain.

Companies around the world are subject to global and national emissions and corporate responsibility legislation. The comprehensive database enables customers using Sustain4 to generate an initial 'Skyline' report immediately instead of taking months or even years, and gives users an instantly clear and reliable quantitative understanding of their organization's impact. The information is delivered as a cloud solution and provides customers with an on-demand environmental dashboard that delivers the high level information necessary for executive level management and reporting, as well as enabling the detailed reporting necessary for environmental compliance.

Sustain4 provides the essential foundation for developing and implementing a meaningful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, or for making existing CSR programs more measurable, tangible and credible. UNIT4 has developed a comprehensive service offering to accompany Sustain4, supporting customers in developing and implementing environmental or CSR strategies.

"We have developed a unique proposition," said Ton Dobbe, VP of product marketing, UNIT4. "The system takes very basic data about a business -- industry sector, turnover, geography, operations, employees etc -- and provides an environmental impact assessment, because it knows the typical environmental impacts of a 'business like yours'. This provides an ideal starting point, highlighting where to focus improvement efforts. They can then capture more detailed information, involving their supply chain partners, to produce deeper analysis and more accurate benchmarking. UNIT4 specializes in working with organizations undergoing considerable change, so we can provide unrivalled insight and expert assistance on how they can transform their business practices and processes to improve environmental performance."

Sustain4 is suitable for organizations of any size or sector and following an initial UK launch, UNIT4 plans to launch and market the solution around the world.

ABOUT UNIT4

UNIT4 is a global business software and services company aimed at helping dynamic organizations to embrace change simply, quickly and cost effectively in a market sector it calls 'Businesses Living IN Change' (BLINC)™. The Group incorporates a number of the world's leading change embracing software brands including Agresso Business World and CODA financial management software.

For mid-sized services intensive organizations, UNIT4 markets the Agresso Business World ERP suite that is widely acknowledged as the business software solution that delivers the lowest Total Cost of Change. This is achieved thanks to its VITA™ architecture which allows for ongoing, post-implementation changes without the typical external IT costs and services that cost firms huge sums of money each year.

CODA Financials is our award-winning suite of best-of-class financial management software designed to integrate with your industry- and company-specific applications. CODA's LINK™ architecture sets it apart from ordinary accounting systems by providing a financial information backbone for companies with fast-changing and mixed application environments. It is a global accounting solution for mid-to large sized organizations, offering a "no compromise" approach to financial modeling, process control and application choice.

UNIT4 is a top six mid-market ERP software player globally and the second largest European ERP supplier. With offices in 13 European countries, as well as six countries across North America, Asia Pacific and Africa and sales activities in several other countries, a revenue of EUR 379.4 million was realized in 2009. UNIT4 is headquartered in Sliedrecht, the Netherlands. The company has 3,456 employees (December 31, 2009). 

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