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Sustainability

We have a responsibility to our customers and the communities we live and operate in that goes beyond our technology. Our approach to sustainability, society and good governance ensures it’s not just our customers’ businesses that thrive, but people and communities too. 

Knocking Down Barriers - Sustainability and Society Report 2021

Sage exists to knock down barriers so everyone can thrive, starting with the millions of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) served by us, our partners and accountants. Customers trust our finance, HR and payroll software to make work and money flow. By digitising business processes and relationships with customers, suppliers, employees, banks and governments, our digital network connects SMBs, removing friction and delivering insights. Knocking down barriers also means we use our time, technology and experience to tackle digital inequality, economic inequality and the climate crisis.

Download our 2021 report to see how we are achieving our goals.

 - Sage Sustainability and Society report 2021 cover image: photo of Sage customer, Soapsmith, looking at a tablet - text: Knocing Down Barriers
Young male farmer viewing a tablet device in a field of crops

Pledge to achieve Net Zero

To tackle the climate crisis and protect the planet we're taking action to reduce our environmental impact.

Having assessed our Scope 1, 2 & 3 carbon emissions, we have pledged to achieve net zero by 2040 and, as an interim step, to halve our emissions by 2030.  We’ve also submitted our commitment letter to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and signed up to the UN Global Compact ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ and the UN Climate Change ‘Race to Zero’.

Sustainability and society

In today’s world, not everyone is given an equal chance. Discrimination, bias, lack of education, and unequal access to technology have created barriers for many people to succeed. It’s our pledge to knock down these barriers and create equal opportunity.

We’re committed to investing in education, technology and the environment to give individuals, SMEs and our planet the opportunity to thrive – and we will deliver on this through our three pillars of Tech for Good, Fuel for Business, and Protect the Planet.

Sage Foundation

2020 marked the fifth year of doing good through Sage Foundation. We champion ‘action philanthropy’ and we empower every one of our 12,000 people to support our local communities.

Each of our colleagues gets five paid volunteer days every year to help make a difference. Together we are not just helping our customers, but amplifying the positive impact we have in the places we live and work.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

As a global company, we are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive culture, where we intentionally seek the challenges colleagues face and knock down barriers so everyone feels valued and empowered to thrive. We want a workforce that represents the many different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints of our customers, colleagues and communities. For example, as we operate in a diverse array of jurisdictions, engagement with trade unions is devolved at a regional level in a way that meets local needs. Our ambitious diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy aims to drive innovation by ensuring that all colleagues can make the most of their talents to succeed together.

Emissions reporting

Sage currently reports on all material emission sources within our operational control. Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions report outlines the rationale behind the methodologies and assumptions used in our 2020/21 Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) disclosures. Our calculations are based upon our reporting year of 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.

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