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CEO ¦ Vision
“Our vision is for Software AG to take a leading role in the global search for technological solutions to the most pressing social and environmental challenges, and to support our customers and partners in their sustainability efforts. Renewing our commitment to creating ecological and social value will contribute to Software AG’s economic success.”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, 1948
European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 1950
Tripartite Declaration of Principles of the ILO (International Labor Organization) on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, 1977
ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998 (especially regarding the following topics: elimination of child labor, abolition of forced labor, prohibition of discrimination, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining)
Convention of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials in International Business Transactions, 1997
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, 2000
The Valuable 500 is a global collective of 500 companies who are collaborating – with head and heart plus actions not words – to drive systemic change with the aim of ensuring the inclusion of people with disabilities into business.
The Charta der Vielfalt (Charta of Diversity) in Germany aims to promote diversity as something valuable in and of itself, while ensuring that all workers – regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, age, origin – are given equal opportunity and appreciated for their potential and contribution.
The Allianz der Chancen (Alliance for Chance) is a German initiative to help workers across a variety of industries adapt to the constant and rapid changes to the employment landscape brought about by climate change, digitalization and demographic developments.
It might take a village to raise a child, but it takes an ecosystem to protect the earth. At Software AG, we have such an ecosystem and are working hard to make a difference on earth. We have established a worldwide collaborative network with renowned universities and research institutes, enterprises, government institutions, and customers to explore new technologies – some of which can benefit the planet. Our research team is engaged in some ground-breaking projects funded by the European Commission and the German government. During this process, we are repeatedly confronted with the social challenges of our time.
Nothing lasts forever - that’s especially true when it comes to technology. These days, laptops, notebooks, smartphones, tablets, PCs, TFT monitors, and printers are being used for a few years only before they get replaced. As a consequence,
the number of obsolete devices is constantly growing. In the interest of reducing waste and saving raw materials, European standards and national regulations require used technology products to be channeled into IT remarketing. Eco-friendly and sustainable methods to process old IT equipment have become the norm. This is why in German-speaking countries (DACH region), we at Software AG have been collaborating with certified IT waste-disposal specialists for many years.
At Software AG, we are passionate about motivating employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle and supporting their mental and physical health. A successful corporate health management program helps improve the health of employees, reduces physical and mental strain from work, prevents disease, and increases employee satisfaction and commitment.
Codetermination is the highest good in employee representation. Personnel measures, for example, must be submitted to the works council, who can object to them in case of important reasons. Such a reason may be, for example, that an employee is threatened with dismissal and at the same time a vacancy is to be assigned to an external person. At Software AG, there is a company agreement that applies in such cases. Company agreements are the “laws” of companies and an employee must never be placed in a worse position than was settled in a company agreement. There is codetermination in matters relating to working hours and place of work (also regarding hybrid working), distribution of salary increases, and many other matters.
We are progressing in our efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion across the organization. This has included a variety of initiatives in response to employee feedback gathered via regular employee surveys and targeted DE&I listening sessions. Among the actions taken to date is the establishment of a new senior global role focused on DE&I together with the formation of a global team of DE&I Ambassadors to champion diversity across the organization.