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Sustainability & Society: Protect the Planet

Protect the Planet

Tackling the climate crisis by powering sustainable business models.

Tackling the Climate Crisis

Small and medium-sized businesses want to address their environmental and social impact, but doing this efficiently and with lasting impact can be daunting. It is our goal to break down the barriers standing in their way.

We will lead by example with ambitious yet realistic goals of our own:

 

  • Cutting our own carbon emissions by 50% on or before 2030
  • Reaching net-zero emissions by 2040 (across Scopes 1, 2 and 3)
  • Committing to the SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative)
  • Committing to the UN climate change Race to Zero to support CoP26
  • Signing up to the UN Global Compact Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pathway

Enabling small and medium-sized businesses to take climate action

Small and medium-sized businesses make up over 90% of businesses and are estimated to employ two billion people worldwide. But the reality is that a vast majority have yet to take climate action or put targets in place to reduce their carbon emissions. Lack of time, significant costs, overly complex guidance and uncertainty about quantifying emissions are barriers to taking positive action. That’s why we’ve partnered with the global body for professional accountants, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), as well as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to provide friendly recommendations for small and medium-sized businesses.

Our collaborative report, ‘Think Small First: Enabling effective climate action by small and medium-sized businesses’, callsfor governments and large companies to step up to do more to urgently simplify carbon reporting and accounting so that small and medium-sized businesses are not left behind in the Race to Net Zero.

We’ve joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Joining WBCSD as a council member gives Sage the opportunity to represent small and medium-sized businesses globally and the challenges they face in protecting our planet. We will collaborate with leaders across industries, sectors and geographical areas to help sustainable businesses be more successful.

Steve Hare will also play an active role in the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI) as commissioner. He will work with other purpose-led CEOs and industry leaders to mobilize the business community at large and to drive tangible progress to support prosperity for all.

Ensuring Nobody is Left in the Dark

Through our partnerships with non-profits, we provide clean, renewable energy to underserved communities in order to support young people with safe and reliable lighting. This provides access to education by giving them the ability to study after sunset.

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