Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability
How we encourage one another to be the change we want to see.
How we encourage one another to be the change we want to see.
We are a global company, with global responsibilities. We will not waver from our goal of ensuring we leave the world a better place than we found it.
For us, that means deploying our skills against the biggest issues concerning our world today, supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and manifesting our social and environmental goals daily. We hold ourselves to exceptionally high standards of responsibility in all areas of business – enabling positive change wherever we can.
We aim to establish a culture that is proud and inspired to contribute towards positive, global impact. Read on to see how we translate our passion for people into tangible results.
A world of peace, justice, and prosperity does not have to remain a dream. That was the idea behind the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals – a targeted, measurable, and meaningful approach to bettering our world. We aim to further these goals in all we do, from creating sustainable cities to fighting inequality. Whether employees or partners, we seek the company of those with the same passion.
Our projects show how we put our commitment into practice. We are actively engaged in 4 focus areas:
We are facing a climate crisis that is already wreaking havoc across the globe. Left unopposed, it is set to get much worse. That is why we are supporting the development of the perfect sustainable world: accountable businesses, circular economy, and social change. Our efforts are part of a bigger picture, and we will contribute as much as possible to that. Read more about our initiatives here.
Trees are one of the keys to the restoration of our planet. By actions such as planting trees with every internet search by using the Ecosia web browser, we are striving towards carbon neutrality. That also means supporting tree planting projects in our partner countries and continuing to make strides in regenerating the earth.
Whatever the price of energy, it is the environmental cost that we bear most painfully. This year, we decided to make the first move in our switch to renewable energy. In a big step towards our sustainability goals, our offices and data centers in Germany are now powered by 100% clean energy.
All our decisions, from how we stock our offices to how we travel and communicate, are made with the utmost attention to our sustainability goals. That means replacing carbon-heavy travel arrangements with digital meetings, as well as choosing partners who share our passion for protecting the environment.
It is our unique privilege to be able to see our innovations change the world for better. Our employees get the opportunity to make waves, not just in the corporate scene but for projects that will have positive repercussions for years to come. Here are a few sustainable innovation projects we are particularly proud of.
Being able to guide children through life’s difficulties is equal parts privilege and challenge. Børns Vilkår, a Danish children’s welfare hotline, understands this better than most. To help their counsellors focus on connecting with the children, we are developing an AI-based ‘ethical advisory agent’ which will assist them in their calls.
The Smart Island Rømø project team built a platform for sustainable public places and infrastructure – ethically, intelligently, and to great local and environmental effect. Through anonymously sourced traffic data, our process-house for the Danish island increases road safety and reduces carbon footprints. It revealed ways to reduce waste and even boost tourism, and sets precedents for greener, better future planning.
Cutting down on low-capacity or empty haulage leads to a decrease in CO2 emissions. But achieving this can be difficult when logistic providers are faced with strong competition and a large number of decentralized players in the market. This is where blockchain technology comes in. Securing a fair and transparent platform for all market participants creates trust and a win-win situation: fewer empty runs to benefit the environment, lower costs for customers, and better capacity utilization for transportation companies.
Noxious weed, invasive alien species, and highly poisonous to boot, the giant hogweed plant had a good run across Europe. Now, using drones, SAP systems, and big data, a technical cloud solution enables an impressively high rate of identification. We won an SAP Innovation Award in 2019 as ‘Best Process Innovator’ for this work, and its continuous progress means that the eradication of giant hogweed is drawing ever closer.
After witnessing the positive effect our employees were having in their communities, we decided to introduce paid volunteering days. Our employees can now contribute to great causes during work hours, widening the reach of their kindness considerably. Read on to find out how they have used this time for the greater good across the globe.
Getting girls into school, promoting road safety, aiding victims of natural disasters, planting trees, supporting institutes for disabled children, and donating blood – impressive feats in anyone’s book. NTT DATA Business Solutions in India are to be applauded for their commitment to CSR, with many of their employees volunteering across an inspiring spectrum of projects.
In Turkey, the selfless work of our employees has helped people and animals living through unimaginable struggles, from families experiencing domestic violence and poverty-stricken conditions to animals rescued from the street. Equally helpful and rewarding tasks include teaching robotics and coding in schools, all to mould the next generation of innovators.
We want to push a perspective change. Corporate success is more than the efforts of its people; corporate success is the happiness of its people. Our workforce should represent the society we want to see, whether that be by mirroring the diversity around us or through initiatives aimed at inclusion. Check out how we achieve these objectives.
No one should be shut out from a workplace by something intrinsic to their identity or background. We encourage the sharing of ideas and worldviews, and praise those who ensure our workplaces are accessible for every single individual. And should we ever see unconscious bias in hiring decisions or unfair work practices, it is our duty to speak up and change them.
For us, the wellbeing of our employees is the top priority when designing our workplaces. Supporting our employees with well-equipped offices, inclusive events, and enjoyable activities is a responsibility, allowing them to be their best selves at work and in life. Through the promotion of healthy living in several of our global offices, we also ensure that our employees can keep fighting fit and healthy.