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Data-Driven Sustainability: A Practical Look at Salesforce's Net Zero Cloud for Nonprofits

By: Idealist Consulting

Sustainability initiatives are a crucial consideration for organizations across all sectors. For nonprofits dedicated to making a positive impact on society and the environment, embracing sustainable practices is not just a choice but a necessity. Salesforce's Net Zero Cloud can be a powerful ally in this journey, offering a comprehensive platform tailored to help nonprofits measure, manage, and report on their sustainability initiatives effectively.

What is Net Zero Cloud?

Salesforce's Net Zero Cloud is a sustainability management platform designed to help organizations manage their environmental footprint and track their progress toward achieving net zero emissions. It enables organizations to measure, manage, and report on their carbon emissions, energy usage, waste, and pollution in a comprehensive manner. The platform offers tools for carbon accounting, emissions tracking, and ESG reporting efficiency, empowering organizations to make data-driven decisions to reduce their environmental impact and work towards a more sustainable future. Salesforce's Net Zero Cloud integrates environmental, social, and governance data to provide a holistic view of an organization's sustainability efforts.

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Embracing Sustainability with Net Zero Cloud

Nonprofits play a crucial role in addressing social and environmental challenges. By leveraging Salesforce's Net Zero Cloud, these organizations can take significant strides toward reducing their carbon footprint, monitoring energy consumption, managing waste, and tracking pollution. The platform empowers nonprofits to make data-driven decisions that drive meaningful change and align with their sustainability goals.

This integration enables users to access environmental, social, and governance data within Salesforce, going deep into carbon, waste, and water usage. By connecting with multiple organizations, systems, and suppliers, Net Zero Cloud centralizes ESG data in one place, streamlining ESG management and reporting processes. Additionally, the platform offers tools for forecasting program-specific progress, setting goals, and automating ESG reporting with framework-specific report builders and AI-generated responses. Overall, Net Zero Cloud seamlessly collaborates with your existing Salesforce instance to enhance sustainability efforts and drive sustainable transformation for all stakeholders.

Getting Started with Net Zero Cloud for Nonprofits

By signing up and exploring the platform's tools and resources, nonprofits can kickstart their sustainability journey. Salesforce's Net Zero Cloud is a separate product that needs to be enabled and set up within Salesforce if you wish to use it. It is not built-in by default.

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Nonprofit organizations should be aware of several key aspects of Net Zero Cloud functionality to leverage its capabilities effectively:

  1. Compliance with ESG Reporting Mandates: Net Zero Cloud can assist nonprofits in complying with ESG reporting mandates, including regulations like CSRD and California requirements. By utilizing the platform, nonprofits can streamline their reporting processes and ensure transparency in their sustainability efforts.
  2. Integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance Data: Net Zero Cloud integrates ESG data comprehensively, delving into carbon, waste, and water across the entire value chain. This integration allows nonprofits to manage all their ESG data in one place, facilitating informed decision-making and efficient sustainability management.
  3. Forecasting Program-Specific Progress: The platform enables nonprofits to set program-specific goals, forecast outcomes under various scenarios, and track progress against these goals. By utilizing forecasting tools within Net Zero Cloud, nonprofits can strategize effectively to achieve their sustainability objectives.
  4. Automated ESG Reporting: Net Zero Cloud offers framework-specific report builders and Einstein-generated responses to automate ESG reporting. This automation ensures that nonprofits stay up-to-date with changing reporting mandates and can efficiently manage their ESG data within the Salesforce ecosystem.
  5. Collaboration and Data Visualization: Nonprofits can seamlessly collaborate with colleagues, partners, and suppliers through Net Zero Cloud, streamlining the flow of data between different entities. The platform also provides clear visuals and metrics on progress, enabling key decision-makers to visualize data effectively and drive impactful change.

What’s New with Net Zero Cloud?

The Salesforce Winter '24 release introduced several significant enhancements to the platform. These updates focus on improving carbon accounting, data management, reporting capabilities, and sustainability initiatives within Net Zero Cloud. Some key changes include:

  • Intelligent Document Reader: The Winter '24 release introduced the Intelligent Document Reader, powered by Amazon Textract, to streamline data extraction from uploaded documents like utility bills, enhancing efficiency in data management.
  • Enhanced Reporting and Assessments: The latest release expanded reporting capabilities to include Employment Compensation Information, Care Program Performance, and Monetary Loss for Incidents in organizations, further extending ESG reporting capabilities within Net Zero Cloud.
  • Emission Factors from Net Zero Marketplace: Organizations in the US can now access a wider range of Emission Factors across geographies and emissions types through the Net Zero Marketplace, facilitating more accurate carbon accounting and emissions management.
  • Custom Fuel Types for Carbon Accounting: Net Zero Cloud now allows for the addition of custom fuel types to enhance carbon accounting accuracy and flexibility, catering to specific organizational needs.
  • Decarbonization Strategy Enhancements: New features like allocating Energy Attribute Credits to manage renewable energy consumption and Programs and Outcome Management updates offer organizations valuable insights into their emissions data and decarbonization strategies.
  • Impact Analysis Dashboard: The addition of the Emissions Forecast and What-If Analysis dashboard provides businesses with actionable insights on forecasted carbon emissions based on specific scenarios, aiding in decision-making for sustainability initiatives.

These updates reflect Salesforce's commitment to continuous innovation and improvement within Net Zero Cloud, empowering organizations to effectively manage their environmental impact, track progress towards sustainability goals, and drive positive change towards a more sustainable future.


A Sustainable Future Together

In conclusion, Salesforce's Net Zero Cloud can be a powerful tool for nonprofits concerned with their environmental impact. By harnessing the power of technology and embracing sustainable practices, nonprofit organizations can pave the way for a brighter future for both society and the environment. Click the button below to get in touch with an Idealist and learn more about this tool and your organization’s options!

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