Today we launch our 2016/7 Corporate Responsibility Report. It highlights our performance against targets in our key focus areas, within the context of our material impact areas.
This year has been one of new targets and new programmes to change behaviours and accelerate action, reflecting our ambition to drive the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability agenda forward – in our business, and our industry.
Much has been achieved. Highlights for the year 2016/7 include:
- Our efforts to reduce carbon in our own operations
We report an overall carbon reduction against 2014 targets of 16%, exceeding our 2014 target of 10%, a year early, and we became the first in our industry to commit to new science based targets to drive a bold programme of carbon reduction.
- Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce
We were recognised for our leadership on gender equality in the workplace in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017 - and increased our female graduate and apprentice hires to 33% (+7.7%), and in fact we achieved our first ever 50:50 intake in July.
- Our work to help young people develop the skills they need for future employment
We’ve reached 6,068 young people through engagements at schools, education and community partnerships and through our partnership with The Prince’s Trust have helped 50% of participants in our ‘Get Started with Apps’ course move to further training, education or employment within three months of completing a course.
- Our support of communities through fundraising and volunteering
We’ve supported over 40 causes that matter to our people through our awards and grants scheme – and we were the largest ever corporate cycle team for The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace cycle challenge with over 300 Capgemini riders.
- Our sustainable procurement practices which promote responsible business in our supply chain
We launched our new Supplier Profile Assessment in August, and by the end of 2016 all new suppliers and the existing suppliers responsible for 90% of spend had been reassessed, with a commitment for 100% assessment by the end of the year.
- Our approach to values and ethics
Our values and ethics approach includes our responsibilities in cybersecurity and details of our tax strategy, and globally we were once again recognised as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2016 by The Ethisphere® Institute.
Dr James Robey, Global Head of Corporate Sustainability at Capgemini, said, “Our report highlights our performance and demonstrates our commitment to growing our business responsibly and sustainably. Through our CR&S programme we deliver value to all our stakeholders including our clients, shareholders and people, as well as the communities and environment in which we operate. I am delighted with the progress we have made in 2016, particularly across key priority areas. ”
There is always more to do, and the end of the reporting cycle, is a time to reflect on the next challenges. For us these include:
- Travel emissions – managing the increasing pressure for travel within our increasingly globalised business
- Environmental benefits of technology – making sure our client teams and clients are realising the benefits that technology can bring to creating a low carbon economy
- Gender balance – continuing to ensure that we address this at all levels of the business
- Supplier engagement – ensuring that our detailed analytics allow us to engage with our supply chain to effect change
- The digital revolution – ensuring that our programmes enable all to benefit – from digital inclusion to the future of work