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Sustainability and society: Protect the Planet

Protect the Planet

Our Protect the Planet pillar is our commitment to fighting climate change. We are delivering on it by halving our emissions by 2030, becoming net zero by 2040, supporting SMBs to get to net zero, and advocating for regulatory frameworks to support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Tackling the climate crisis

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) want to address the environmental and social impact of their businesses but doing it efficiently and with impact can be daunting. It’s our goal to knock down the barriers that stand in their way.

We'll lead by example with ambitious yet realistic targets of our own:


  • Cutting our own carbon emissions by 50 % by 2030
  • Reaching net-zero by 2040 (across scope 1, 2 and 3)
  • Committing to the SBTi (science-based target 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
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Making sustainability reporting work for SMEs

SMEs struggle with sustainability reporting

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are at the heart of economies and societies around the world. We know that SMEs have a crucial part to play in the challenges brought on by climate change and we support them in acting.

Our latest report, commissioned by Sage and in partnership with ICC, PwC UK and Strand Partners, uncovers an important insight: while most SMEs want to be more sustainable, a majority of them are not currently undertaking any form of sustainability reporting due to being deterred by high costs and complex reporting frameworks. This prevents them from taking the relevant actions required to be more sustainable and from realising the business benefits of taking action when they do.

Download the report to read what Sage and its partners recommend to empower more SMEs to start their sustainability reporting journey, so they can build better businesses and communities.

Date published: November 2023

Impact of SMEs on climate

In this report, we outline the impact and influence of these types of businesses on the climate and the economy – highlighting why the net zero transition is challenging for SMEs. Commissioned by Sage in partnership with Oxford Economics and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the report features insights from 4,000 small and medium enterprises across the UK and South Africa, plus global sustainability modelling by Oxford Economics. Find out what climate actions SMEs can take now and explore what government and big businesses can do to enable future action.

Date published: November 2022

Enabling SMBs to take climate action

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


Even though SMEs account for more than 90% of businesses, 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 them taking positive action. That’s why we’ve partnered with the global body for professional accountants, ACCA, and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to put forward SMB-friendly recommendations.


Date published: November 2021

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

Joining WBCSD as a Council Member gives Sage the opportunity to represent SMEs globally and assist with the challenges they face in protecting our planet. We will collaborate with leaders across industries, sectors and geographies 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, where he will work with other purpose-led CEOs and industry leaders to mobilise the business community at large and drive tangible progress in support of prosperity for all.

Ensuring no one is left in the dark

Through our partnerships with non-profits that provide clean renewable energy to underserved communities, we’re supporting young people with safe and reliable lighting which allows them access to an education by being able to study after dark.

Explore our pillars

Tech for Good

Tech for Good is our commitment to supporting SMBs and communities to thrive by building trusted and inclusive digital networks 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 well-being alongside diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace and beyond.

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