At Visma Connect, CSR policy has tangible effects. To truly have an impact, we believe we need to involve our key stakeholders. That’s why we perform a materiality analysis on a regular basis. This allows us to understand where we need to devote more time and effort to improve. Our team is actively involved in creating our CSR strategy. We organise yearly surveys to gather insights on big themes and topics - from promoting happiness and ownership at work to improving sustainability internally.
Our impact areas
We focus on the following areas:
- Providing services that have a positive impact on society at large
- Striving for diversity and inclusion
- Promoting climate action, by taking proactive measures and adhering to the Paris climate agreement
Employee happiness and inclusion
To drive ownership and uphold our values, we start by promoting diversity and inclusion. Our team is the protagonist when it comes to CSR. We are committed to building a company that is multicultural and representative of the world we inhabit. We are also devoted to employee happiness.
That is why we have formed an employee happiness and a diversity and inclusion committee to make progress and keep us accountable in these areas.
Services for improved sustainability reporting
Unlike financial information, sustainability reporting data is often not stored and organised in a systematic way. Even for relatively small companies, creating a sustainability report can take weeks. Lack of standardisation and ambiguous definitions make it very hard to benchmark and quantify the progress that companies make.
To address this challenge, Visma Connect created the world’s first modular platform for preparing, submitting, processing and benchmarking sustainability reports in a uniform and standardised way, based on the GRI framework and the UN Sustainability Goals.
Supporting local communities
CSR cannot happen in a vacuum. We rely on partners to put our principles into practice as well. Ecoware is one of those partners. Located in Zoetermeer, a bike ride away from our office, this foundation provides education and skills training for people who have difficulties entering the job market. Since 2014, we donate our unused computers and monitors to Ecoware for use in their training programs.
Ecoware teaches students to repair the equipment and develop technician skills. Once they fix them, they donate or sell these computers, for a very small fee, to families in need. Ecoware also uses our computers for students to submit their job applications. When computers cannot be repaired, we ensure they are properly recycled instead.
Second-hand and energy-efficient furniture
Our sustainability activities start in the office, with responsible purchasing. As a rule, we only buy things that we need. All the furniture we buy is also second-hand. Kudos to our facilities department for proving that you can purchase used furniture that is not subpar, and also looks stylish!
Our lighting and computers are energy efficient as well. We only use equipment with the highest grade energy certification.
Do you have any questions?
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Just as how we use a common language to communicate with others, companies and regulators need a standardised way to speak the same language when exchanging financial and business information. Adopting a standardised language to exchange information is essential to ensure compatibility and comprehension between all participants.
What are the main trends and developments in the field of information exchange? The EU has 'A Europe fit for the digital age' as one of its six top priorities. Digital technology is changing people's lives and the functioning of businesses. The EU's digital strategy aims to harness this transformation to benefit individuals and businesses while contributing to the goal of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.
This strategy includes a comprehensive legislative package, including the Data Governance Act, the Data Act, the AI Act, and the Open Data Directive. All these laws have a significant impact on how we share data.
In addition, citizens and businesses increasingly demand higher privacy and data protection standards.
Structured information exchange is essential for every organisation. Whether it's government institutions collaborating in chains, regulators requesting information from companies and industries, or companies seeking to consolidate data from various departments and branches, the benefits are undeniable. Discover how our services can assist your organisation by contacting us today.