This page is a part of the mandatory statement of corporate social responsibility 2018/2019 according to paragraph 99a of the Danish accounting act.

POLICY FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

 

Environment, gender equality and human rights 

Systematic has implemented several initiatives to ensure that we adhere to the applicable national and internationals laws regarding human rights and gender equality, and that we, as an organisation, minimise our environmental impact to the greatest possible extent.

Policy for human rights and gender equality

Our Code of Conduct describes how we expect employees to act in a socially responsible way. We do not tolerate discrimination on any grounds such as ethnicity, political or other opinion, age, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation or union membership.

We also want to make a difference to society. As an international IT company, we consider it our duty to support projects that contribute to local communities around the world.

Implementation

Our Code of Conduct is presented to all new employees and is always up for discussion and re-evaluation by the management.

Systematic supports initiatives to improve the gender balance. Systematic has sponsored the IT Camp for girls for several years, an initiative that gives Danish upper secondary school girls an insight into studying IT and computer science. The aim is to increase the interest in IT among girls across Denmark, and to encourage them to choose a technical career. Systematic always focuses on recruiting people with the best qualifications to fill vacancies regardless of age, gender, disability etc.

Our desire to make a difference is also why Systematic supports the Danish Engage Festival, which is organised by the Danish Veteran Foundation. The festival raises money for Danish veterans with the aim of improving conditions for Danes stationed abroad and their families. As a supplier to the Danish armed forces, we see it as a natural part of our responsibility to support and recognise Danish soldiers who carry out important work away from Denmark – both those currently stationed abroad and those who have returned home.

As a supplier of library software, Systematic has been involved in founding the international Joy of Reading award. The award is presented every two years, and recognises initiatives that help combat illiteracy. Illiteracy is a global problem which Systematic wants to help eradicate. Being able to read is an important prerequisite for acquiring knowledge and an understanding of the world, and for developing as a human being.

Every year, Systematic takes part in selecting the world’s best new public library. The Public Library of the Year award is presented in cooperation with IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations). The award recognises newly built libraries or libraries which are located in facilities which have not previously been used as a library. The nominated libraries are, among other things, assessed on their ability to take factors such as digital trends, local culture, sustainability and user wishes and needs into account. 

Results

We operate in a male-dominated field. Nevertheless, Systematic has for years been focusing on recruiting people with the best qualifications for its positions, regardless of gender.

The Board of Directors comprises four ordinary members who are elected at the Annual General Meeting. At the moment, the four ordinary members are men. The objective for balanced gender representation among the ordinary Board members is 25% female by 2020 at the latest. In addition, there are two employee representatives on the Board of Directors – one male and one female.

Our Group Management comprises nine vice presidents, of which two are women.

32% of all managers in Systematic are female.

30% of all employees in Systematic are female.

Systematic has no knowledge of any violations of our policy for corporate social responsibility.

Risks

Discrimination and violations of human rights would be detrimental to any company.

If our employees feel discriminated against, it can make it difficult to retain existing and attract new employees. Furthermore, if we are not perceived as being an ethical business partner, we risk losing customers and revenue due to a devalued brand image.

Policy for Environment

Systematic wants to minimise its environmental impact through reducing its water, energy and paper consumption.

Implementation

Our Code of Conduct instructs employees in how to minimise their environmental impact.

Our IT hardware is regularly upgraded and replaced with more energy-efficient hardware. Our headquarters is an energy-efficient, modern building, and our joint IT infrastructure is virtualised to the greatest extent possible. Our printers minimise paper and cartridge use, and PCs must comply with specific energy-saving policies. All used IT equipment is recycled. And when investing in new company cars, we require that they are B-labelled vehicles.

We are proud to be part of Den Danske Vandklynge (Danish Water Cluster) – a national initiative aimed at developing and promoting Danish water technology and a hub for business and research working to strengthen Denmark’s leading position in the water area. Systematic contributes expertise in software development, processing big data and the digitalisation of complex infrastructures.

Results

By modernising IT infrastructure and investing in newer IT equipment, by purchasing more eco-friendly cars and through other activities, we expect to reduce our water, energy and paper consumption. 

Risks

Our energy consumption contributes to climate change which has global, long-term implications.

There are also financial and reputational risks associated with not having a responsible environmental policy. We risk missing out on business opportunities if potential customers deem our environmental policy to be insufficient. In many cases, failing to invest in energy-efficient equipment is more costly than keeping old equipment.