Geneva, 19 October 2021 – Sage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions, today announced it joins nearly 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
As part of this membership, Sage will work hand-in-hand with other purpose-led CEOs, contributing to key projects across climate, social inequality, reporting and the future of work.
Steve Hare, Sage’s Chief Executive Officer, joins WBCSD as a Council Member. He will provide leadership and collaborate with other leaders on WBCSD’s work program to help sustainable businesses be more successful. In addition, Steve takes up the role of a Commissioner for the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI) to mobilize the business community at large and drive tangible progress in support of prosperity for all.
WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. WBCSD engages with members on being more sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. As a leading voice of business for sustainability, its vision is a world where more than nine billion people are all living well, within planetary boundaries, by 2050.
Sage is trusted by millions of customers worldwide as the market leader in cloud business management solutions. As part of its ambitious Sustainability and Society strategy, Knocking Down Barriers. Sage’s goal is to use its technology, time, and experience to back a generation of diverse and sustainable businesses by tackling societal and economic inequality and protecting the planet.
Sage has already committed to playing its part in tackling the climate crisis, pledging to be Net Zero by 2040 across its operations and supply chain, with an interim step to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Sage has also committed to the SBTi (Science based Target Initiative), the UN climate change Race to Zero and the UN Global Compact Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pathway.
WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said: “Businesses have a leading role to play in the transformations needed to achieve Vision 2050. As one of the leading providers of innovative tech solutions for small and medium-sized companies, Sage has a key role to play in inspiring the journey of millions of companies worldwide. We are excited to collaborate with Sage and support their commitment to sustainable business.”
Sage Chief Executive Steve Hare said: “Sage is committed to standing with millions of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) around the world tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time. Joining WBCSD as a Council Member provides an opportunity to represent SMBs globally and the challenges they face in protecting our planet. Collaborating with leaders across industries, sectors and geographies on driving this transition is critical.”
“As Commissioner for the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality, I, along with Sage colleagues, also look forward to playing an active role in mobilizing the broader business community to tackle inequality and generate shared prosperity for all.”
WBCSD’s member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. The Business Commission to Tackle Inequality includes Co-Chairs and Commissioners from organizations such as Unilever, World Food Programme, Inter IKEA Group, International Chamber of Commerce and many others.