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Corporate social responsibility

We view our corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities as offering Sage the opportunity to be a good corporate citizen and also to support our global vision.

Our CSR policy

Our global CR policy focuses on four key areas where we believe we can make the most difference.

For three of these – Industry, Environment and People – we have established a global framework for our operating companies to work within, allowing them flexibility over which area to invest in according to what will have the most meaning and impact locally.

Whilst local legal standards apply as an absolute minimum, we aim to achieve good practice in our local markets and share this across the Group. The fourth area – Community – is entirely locally driven, allowing our people to support causes close to them and to become involved in their communities.

Sage Group has been independently assessed against the FTSE4Good criteria and satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series – an equity index designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards.

Industry

We aim to leverage the unique relationships that we have with our customers across the globe to continue to understand and support the issues and challenges that they face.

Environment

We continue to analyse our impact on our environment. We remain committed to reducing our energy consumption and related emissions where possible, as well as reducing our wider impacts such as resource use and waste to landfill. Our Annual Report and Accounts 2013 includes our mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013 and confirms the methodologies used to calculate our emissions.  Further details about our methodologies can be found here.

People

We have a Code of Ethics which recognises the importance of treating all of our employees fairly, covering issues such as responsible employment, diversity and equal opportunities. This is an effective way of communicating, at a high level, the principles which should be applied in the conduct of our business.

Community

Our local communities are important to us. We support a number of charities and community organisations worldwide in order to make a positive impact on the communities where we have a presence.

For further information on our CSR activity please see our Annual Report.