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Sustainability and society

When it comes to sustainability, we believe it is our responsibility to make a real difference and to act as a role model for our industry and for those in our network.

Our sustainability journey has informed how we show up for SMBs, from helping them get started with carbon accounting, to making their voices heard by policymakers and regulators. We know that taking action starts with us, but the impact we create spreads beyond us. We call this The Multiplier Effect.

Our Strategy: The Multiplier Effect

Our evolved Sustainability and Society strategy reflects on the outcomes of our recent materiality assessment, and our transition from commitment to action. Our updated strategy has three key pillars—Protect the PlanetTech for Good, and Human by Design—all underpinned by Sustainability by Design, which is about integrating sustainability deep into our business and operations. Each of the pillars is supported by clear priorities and a robust action plan. This evolved approach drives further accountability across the business and reflects a closer alignment with our strategic business priorities. 

Our three pillars

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Protect the Planet

The Protect the Planet pillar is our commitment to fight climate change and drive a faster global transition to net zero. We are delivering this commitment by halving our own emissions by 2030 and becoming net zero by 2040, empowering SMBs to get to net zero and by advocating for regulatory frameworks to support the transition to a low carbon economy, whilst championing the role of SMBs.

Tech for Good

Tech for Good is our commitment to supporting SMBs and communities to thrive by building trusted and inclusive digital network and solutions. We are delivering on this pillar by using data and visualisations to help progress sustainable development goals, building trust and security into our network whilst maintaining high levels of data and AI ethics, and empowering people through Sage Foundation to scale businesses and develop the skills they need.

Human by Design

Our Human by Design pillar is our approach to amplifying economic inclusion and growing sustainably. We’re committed to building a diverse, human-centred culture, and we’re achieving this by fostering wellbeing alongside diversity, equity and inclusion, in our workplace and beyond.

Sustainability by Design

Sustainability by design is about how we hardwire sustainability at Sage, integrating sustainability considerations into all that we do - from the products we build, to the process and policies that support how we operate.

Sage Foundation

Knocking down barriers to social and economic inclusion, by providing access to skills and opportunities so that everyone has the chance to thrive.

Our performance

Our FY23 Sustainability and Society report provides our stakeholders with a transparent account of how we approach the most material sustainability issues faced by Sage. The report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2021 Standards, as well as the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Sustainability Accounting Standard for the Software and IT Services Industry.

Our FY23 Climate Report has been prepared in alignment with the Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) Disclosure Framework and there are full disclosures in alignment with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) at the back of the report.

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FY23 Sustainability and Society Report

FY23 Climate Report

FY23 ESG Data Book

FY23 Gender Pay Gap Report

FY23 Ethnicity Pay Gap Report

FY23 Materiality Methodology

Making sustainability reporting work for SMEs

More than motivation SMB report

Sage rated top five in IDC’s sustainability index

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SMEs' climate impact report 2022

Knocking Down Barriers: international SME perspectives report

Sustainability and Society report 2022

ARA report 2022

TCFD - within the ARA report 2022

Gender Pay Gap report

DEI Impact report

Sustainability and Society report 2021

Helping SMBs on their journey to net zero

Sage CEO Steve Hare discusses how Sage is helping small and medium sized businesses on their journey to net zero, as part of Sage's overall Sustainability and Society strategy.

Using technology to Knock Down Barriers

Sage Chief People Officer Amanda Cusdin discusses how the Sustainability and Society strategy commits to using technology to help Knock Down Barriers, and gives details of the significant progress achieved in 2022.

Doing the right thing is at the heart of our values

Elisa Moscolin, EVP Sage Foundation and Sustainability, describes how doing the right thing is at the heart of Sage's values, and how the Sustainability and Society strategy will deliver for its stakeholders.

Sustainability advice for small businesses

Insights and tips on all things sustainability from experts and small business owners

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