Sage (FTSE :SGE) is the global market leader for technology that helps businesses manage everything from money to people. We do this through Sage Business Cloud, a suite of cloud-based business management solutions.
Today Sage has three million business customers, ranging from startup to scaleup, across 23 countries, and a network of 13,000 colleagues, accountants and partners.
Sage's mission is to transform the way people think and work so that their organisations can thrive. Our public affairs programme is designed to support this mission by :
Responsibility for the co-ordination and oversight of political engagement rests with the Director of Government Relations, reporting to EVP of Communications and Sage Group's CMO on our Executive Committee. The Government Relations team sits within the marketing function.
Implementation is supported by regional Managing Directors in key markets and their regional Comms leaders.
The Board has collective responsibility and oversight of Sage's communications activities. The Board will review and approve any public position the company intends to take with regard to strategically important matters.
Our conduct, and the conduct of any part of our business with government, follows rules based on the following principles :
Sage publishes a Code of Conduct which brings together our ethical business practice policies and guides our colleagues where to find them.
All Sage colleagues receive training in Sage's Code of Conduct and associated policies, completion of which is reported to the Audit and Risk Committee monitor.
Looking at the impacts of administration on SMEs Sep 2017
Mapping the UK SMEs and addressing factors impacting growth locally Oct 2017
Setting out a roadmap to help businesses implement ethical AI Aug 2018
Sage is a member of a number of leading business trade associations globally. Membership trade body working groups must be approved by a member of ExCo.
The Government Relations team manages public policy engagement with the following :
Sage does not engage in party political campaigning or make party political donations.
Sage complies with applicable laws and requirements in relation to the disclosure and publication of lobbying expenditure.
Further information can be found on the EU register
 Sage's Gifts and Hospitalities Policy states :