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Sage Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Sage

I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and proud to be an Executive Sponsor.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion is about providing the right opportunities and at the same time creating a culture in which everyone feels valued and empowered to thrive. 

We recognize that we are at the start of our journey and that the issues we have to tackle are multifaceted and complex. We know that overcoming these challenges will require us not just to listen, but to really hear what we are being told, and then be completely open and honest about where we are on the journey.

Only then can we knock down the barriers so everyone can thrive and build a truly inclusive culture where we all feel we belong.”

Steve Hare, Sage Chief Executive Officer

Our Global Vision and Commitments

At Sage, we are still at an early stage of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) journey. This strategy will be the roadmap use to chart our DEI journey. This strategy will lay the groundwork for our vision statement and commitments, which will then serve as a compass that guides our actions along the way.

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision

We are committed to breaking barriers so that everyone can thrive. That starts with our own teams. We know this is the right thing to do and we also know that having diverse perspectives fuels innovation. This helps generate better ideas to serve our customers. We are a global company and we must reflect the diverse world that we work in. We are committed to an inclusive workforce that fully represents the many different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints of our customers, partners and communities.

Our Diversity Equity & Inclusion Commitments

Our six commitments will help us advance Diversity Equity & Inclusion at Sage and foster a stronger sense of belonging.

Colleague Success Networks

Colleague Success Networks (CSN) are a way for coworkers to come together, support each other, and provide ideas back to the business. These might have been known to you in other organizations as Employee or Business Resource Groups.

Our Colleague Success Networks enable our employees to be right at the center of our evolving culture, bringing together many different voices to provide insights and support changes to our colleague and customer experience as well as providing opportunities for personal career development.

Our Colleague Success Networks are formed based on lived experiences and shared aspects of identity, such as gender, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ+, disability, neurodiversity, family support and veterans.

Discover more about our DEI work and achievements

Sage Annual Report 2023

A full breakdown of our diversity measures and progress can be found in our annual report. We share the key successes of our diversity and inclusion programmes, the progress we are making and life for colleagues at Sage.

Sustainability and Society report 2023

We are committed to investing in education, technology, and environmental change to give individuals, SMEs and our planet the opportunity to thrive. Our goal is to use our technology, time, and experience to back a generation of diverse, sustainable businesses. We will do this in three key ways. Explore further to uncover our goals.

Our Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy

Our culture is open and caring where people can be themselves at work. We are proud that our employees support diversity, equity and inclusion. Our strategy plan outlines this continued journey at Sage.

UK gender and ethnicity pay gap report 2023

We are working hard to ensure each and every one of our colleagues feel like they can be their true selves, that is, their best selves, every day. Our report demonstrates the good progress we are making against this long-term strategy and the steps we are taking towards gender equality at Sage.

Our External Partnerships and Commitments

These are the external partners that we have chosen to guide us on our DEI journey as we move from vision to implementation.

External Partnerships

Business in the Community logoBusiness in the Community (BITC) is a business-led membership charity dedicated to responsible business practices. BITC works with their member organizations in order to continually improve business practices and to leverage their collective impact for the benefit of communities.


Business Disability Forum logoBusiness Disability Forum (BDF) is a non-profit membership organization that exists to create awareness for those with disabilities by linking businesses, disabled people and government. We have established a global partnership over the next 12 months.


Stonewall Diversity Champion logoStonewall is a LGBTQ+ rights charity. Alongside lobbying for governmental change, they work with organizations to ensure LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.



External Commitments 

Change the Race Ratio Commitments

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  • Increase racial and ethnic diversity among board members by including at least one racially diverse board member by the end of 2021.
  • Increase racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership and take action at ExCo and ExCo minus one to set clear and long-reaching targets that will be published within 12 months of making this commitment. Aim to establish a separate target for black participation at both levels.
  • Be transparent on targets and actions by publishing a clear action plan alongside the targets and share progress in the annual report or on the company website. Disclose racial pay gaps by 2022 at the latest.
  • Create an inclusive culture in which talent from all diversities can thrive. Focus on recruitment and talent development processes to drive a more diverse talent pipeline, data collection and analysis while also fostering safe, open and transparent dialogue. This is in addition to mentoring, support and sponsorship. We are challenging conventional thinking by working with a more diverse group of suppliers and partners, which includes minority owned businesses.

Race at Work Charter Commitments

  • Appoint an Executive Sponsor for diversity and inclusion.
  • Track data related to diversity and inclusion while also making our progress publicly accessible.
  • Commit at the board level to a zero tolerance policy for harassment and bullying.
  • Make clear that supporting equality in the workplace is the responsibility of all managers and leaders.
  • Take action that supports career progression for minorities.
  • Support race inclusion allies in the workplace.
  • Include black, AAPI, multiracial and other racially and culturally diverse enterprise owners in supply chains.

CEO Action for Racial Equity Commitments

  • We will continue to make our workplaces safe spaces to have complex — and sometimes difficult — conversations about diversity and inclusion.CEO Action logo
  • We will implement and expand unconscious bias education.
  • We will share the best as well as the least successful practices.

Valuable 500 Commitments

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  • Agree upon and publish our 2021 global disability inclusion three-year plan.
  • Appoint sponsors to each of our strategic areas of focus, including Disability, Accessibility and Neurodiversity
  • Support conversations on disability by elevating the voices of both employees and leaders for Disability and Neurodiversity
  • Shape our global and regional strategies and solutions for those with disabilities through insight analysis.
  • Support the launch of the Colleague Success Network. In 2021, we are putting a spotlight on disability awareness.
  • Continue to provide inclusive wellness benefits, support and resources.

Interested in joining us?

If you are curious about Sage's commitment to our people, please visit our careers page.

You can find out more about global career opportunities with us, learn more about our collaborative ways of thinking and how we are driven by innovation.