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Environmental | Social | Governance

We connect people and technology for a smarter tomorrow

                    Non-Financial Statement
                

Excerpt of the 2020 Annual Report

                Key International Conventions 
that we adhere to
            

  • 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 

                    Every Day is World Environment Day
                

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.

                    Every drop counts
                

Smart water management to quench the thirst — How IoT contributes to greater sustainability

According to UNICEF,  2.2 billion people around the world do not have regular access to clean drinking water. Many places across the globe suffer from dramatic water shortages - and the problem is growing by the day. So, how we manage water has more than just an environmental aspect: It also has social and economic dimensions as well.
That makes using innovative technologies in this area even more interesting. The Internet of Things (IoT) in particular can make an important contribution to securing the water supply and reducing or even stopping the waste of this extremely valuable resource.

                    Slimming down our IT waste
                

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. 

                Research projects in sync with the UN SDGs
            

                    Codetermination in employee representation
                

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.

                    Harnessing the Power of our Diversity
                

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.

                    Social Change
                

People are living longer worldwide; over the next three decades, the number of older persons is expected to rise precipitously – along with the number of people over the age of 55 in employment. As the retirement age steadily rises, it is important to create better working conditions for older employees. The sustAGE EU project, supported by our research team, is working with 10 European partners to help companies in labor-intensive industries make daily working life easier for older employees.
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