POLICY FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
At Systematic we have implemented a number of initiatives to ensure that we adhere to the human rights and that we as an organisation affect the environment as little as possible through CO2 reductions.
Systematic expects that employees act in a socially responsible way in work related situations. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, be that ethnicity, political orientation, age, gender, handicap, religion, sexual orientation or union membership.
Systematic respects employees’ right to be members of any union and accepts that they are represented by these unions.
Systematic does not use or tolerate the use of child labour or forced labour.
Systematic ensures a lower effect on the environment through reductions in water usage, energy consumption and paper usage.
In our Code of Conduct, employees are instructed in what to be aware of in regards to ensuring a low effect on the environment and how to be socially responsible. Our Code of Conduct is presented to all new employees and is always up for discussion and re-evaluation by the management.
Our IT hardware is continuously upgraded for more effective and efficient equipment. The IT administration is located in a modern and secure operations centre with focus on energy optimisation, and our collective IT infrastructure is virtualised to the extent possible. Our printers optimise the usage of paper, and printers as well as PCs must obey specific energy saving policies. For the newly bought company cars we demand that they must be in energy category B, which are the same environmental and energy related demands for the taxi industry.
Systematic does not have knowledge of any violations of our policy for social responsibility. Changes to the IT infrastructure combined with newer IT equipment, more eco-friendly cars and other activities have reduced the usage of water, energy and paper.
At Systematic, we want to make a difference. That’s why we take active responsibility that benefits the surrounding society, and we view part of that responsibility as being an international IT company that supports projects that develop and contribute to local communities around the world.
That is one of the reasons why Systematic supports the Danish “Engage” festival, organised by the Danish Veterans’ Foundation. The festival focuses on, and collects money for, Danish veterans with the aim of improving conditions for Danes stationed abroad and their relatives. As a supplier to the Danish armed forces, we regard it as a natural part of our responsibility to support and recognise Danish soldiers, who carry out important work outside Danish borders – both those currently stationed abroad and those who have come home.
Our desire to make a difference is also why Systematic has been involved in founding the international “Joy of Reading” award. The prize is awarded every two years and recognises initiatives that help to combat illiteracy. Illiteracy is a global problem that Systematic wishes to make an active contribution to eradicating. The ability to read is a vital factor in people’s well-being and opportunities in life, and is also a key factor in social development.
In 2017, the South-African organisation FunDza Literacy Trust won the “Joy of Reading” award for its work, which among other things includes an online reading portal. The project is followed by many thousands of South Africans every day and has helped over half a million young South Africans living in difficult conditions to read, download and write books. The “Joy of Reading” award comes with USD 10,000, which goes directly to the winning project.
Every year, Systematic also takes part in electing the world’s best new public library. This happens with the award “Public Library of the Year” that is presented in cooperation with IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations). The award goes to a public library that is either newly built or located in facilities that have not previously been used for a library. The nominated libraries will, among other things, be assessed on their ability to take factors such as digital trends, local culture, sustainability, and the users’ desires and needs into account.
The latest winner of the ”Public Library of the Year Award” was the newly built library Dokk1 in Aarhus, which won the prize in 2016. In this case, the jury emphasised the library’s unique and central location in Aarhus that in combination with the open architectural expression both inside and outside make Dokk1 a very accessible library to the citizens.
Read our Code of Conduct (PDF file, in English).