As a champion of the small and medium-sized businesses we serve, our mission is to knock down barriers that hinder access to opportunity. Our public affairs programme supports this by:
Responsibility for the co-ordination and oversight of political engagement rests with the Sage Director of Public Affairs, reporting to Sage EVP of Corporate Affairs and Sage Group's CMO on our Executive Committee. The public affairs team sits within the marketing function. Implementation is supported by regional managing directors in key markets and their regional communications leaders.
The Sage Board has collective responsibility and oversight of Sage's communications activities. The Sage 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, abides by 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.
Our most recent submissions and reports are included below.
Sage’s global Public Affairs agencies include Kreab (Spain).
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 the Executive Committee.
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: Sage does not make any contributions to or accept any gifts or hospitality from Government, public sector officials or representatives, political parties or campaigns or organisations or individuals involved in politics. We will only make charitable donations that are legal and ethical under local laws and practices. All charitable donations must go through the Sage Foundation.