For the first year, Worldline has published a global overview of its TRUST 2020 CSR ambition linked to the 2030 agenda of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2018 Global Goals Yearbook, one of the world's most influential annual publications for Corporate Sustainability. In this report, Worldline demonstrates how it brings sustainability to the digital sector and how it contributes to the SDGs, as a signatory member of the Global Compact. Worldline takes the opportunity of this release to share with its stakeholders its specific contribution to the six SDGs prioritized by the United Nations for the year 2018.
What is the Global Goals Yearbook?
In 2018, Worldline has decided to participate in the 2018 Global Goals Yearbook initiative as a content partner by introducing its CSR strategy and TRUST 2020 ambition fully aligned with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. In this publication and as a key player in the payments and digital services, Worldline emphasizes its contribution to the global sustainability challenges related to its industry such as security and data protection, sustainable innovation, decent and smart working conditions, people development, ethics of its value chain and its environmental footprint.
Published under the United Nations’ impulse, the Global Goals Yearbook is a corporate document that supports the achievement of the SDGs and the progress of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to tackle major sustainability challenges at the global level.
As a world leading publication on CSR related matters, the Global Goals Yearbook provides an overview on committed companies and promotes their best fair business practices in line with the UN SDG’s 2030 agenda. Worldline is proud to be showcased as a key actor of the digital sector contributing to the main SDGs related to its business and all along its value chain.
How does Worldline contribute to the six prioritized SDGs for 2018?
Along with its release in the 2018 Global Goals Yearbook, Worldline took the opportunity to assess its progress toward the achievement of its main SDGs. Indeed, during the high-level political forum on sustainable development organized by the United Nations in July 2018, progress towards SDGs was reviewed following the theme: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. The forum was highly focused on the six following SDGs:
In this regard, Worldline has decided to analyze its 2018 contribution to these prioritized SDGs:
Goal 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Worldline’s operations do not impact the environment significantly in terms of water consumption or even in terms of water procurement. In terms of data centers, water is mainly required for cooling servers and the water used for this purpose flows around a special closed-loop circuit so consumption is not significant.
However, Worldline understands the impacts of water use in its value chain and optimizes water management at its operational sites by assessing and monitoring the volume of water withdrawn and disposed. For instance, the total water consumed within its ISO 14001 certified sites (France, Belgium and Germany) has decreased from 29,101.7m3 in 2016 to 28,442.2m3 in 2017.
Goal 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Worldline invests in and promotes initiatives on renewable energy as a challenge that the company has embedded into its business strategy. In 2017, Worldline has set targets to increase its own share of renewable energy consumption and production throughout its operations by committing to double its renewable energy consumption by 2020. In 2018, Worldline has decided to buy renewable electricity for all its offices and data centers in France. Also, as part of its carbon emissions offsetting program, Worldline has increased its contribution to a wind farm in India composed of 200 Wind Turbines Generators (WTGs) generating 160 MW. By investing in renewable energy, this initiative enables the access to electricity for 647,700 households in rural areas.
Worldline has also set up several initiatives in order to increase its employees’ awareness on environmental and energy topics and actively encourage them to adopt eco-responsible behaviors linked to energy consumption. For instance, during the European sustainable development week in June 2018, Worldline raised awareness among its employees thanks to the sharing of an Environmental charter.
Worldline also works with suppliers to reduce energy consumption and to promote energy efficiency throughout its entire value chain. In 2018, the company has met it main IT suppliers in order to share best practices regarding their environmental performance and to build and reinforce sustainable relationships.
Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Worldline provides access to safe low-carbon and sustainable transportation for all its employees but also for it clients. Indeed, its e-ticketing and transports services contribute to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all and expand public transport.
Worldline invests in infrastructures and supporting services as well as mitigates significant environmental impacts of transporting materials and products. For instance, Worldline invests in carpooling, autonomous vehicles, and shared infrastructures for business and grid interconnections thanks to its IoT and Mobile solutions for improving smart cities.
Goal 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Since the launch of its CSR strategy, Worldline has incorporated sustainable development into its business vision, its policies and has developed sustainability targets and indicators, especially regarding the environment. To this purpose, the company has established a proactive environmental management system and guarantees a sustainable supply chain and periodically evaluates its suppliers on the basis of environmental and social criteria. In addition, Worldline positively influences its employees, clients, partners and suppliers to take into account sustainability concerns in their decision-making process. Recently, Worldline has built a traceability solution based on the Blockchain technology together with Bureau Veritas through its offer Origin in order to ensure sustainable practices all along the supply chain.
Moreover, Worldline has established sustainable production and consumption programs, for instance with its green terminals and environmental friendly products. Some of the benefits highlighted are, for example, reducing the pollution and the production of waste thanks to the encouragement of a paperless society and improving the efficiency of transportation and therefore the reduction of CO2 emissions.
Worldline regularly tracks and reports energy, water, waste and materials consumed and treated in business operations and improving efficiency by reusing and recycling.
Goal 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Worldline set up actions in order to preserve the biodiversity and to save natural resources. Since 2015, Worldline and its employees have launched an ambitious conservation scheme on its Belgian and French sites with bee colonies and kitchen gardens.
Also, since the end of 2017, Worldline has committed to support the ambitious scientific research program, Under the Pole III, to help protect the environment and the biodiversity through a submarine expedition by providing its technological expertise. Through Worldline's highly secure Cloud hosting solutions, explorers and scientists will be able to centrally store all data and media content collected during the expedition on a dedicated server, with unlimited storage capacity.
Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development that will be considered each year
Worldline works together with other businesses to support international cross-sector initiatives and to reach global alignment on sustainable business behaviors with the aim to make sustainability a priority. Worldline focuses on joint development programs that create decent jobs, pay at a minimum the living wage, empower people and restore the environment.
Worldline has defined and applied a sustainable development policy since 2014 by identifying risks and opportunities to engage, by aligning words with actions though its CSR long-term program and reporting on policy positions.
To learn more about Worldline’s commitment to the United Nations:
In July 2016, Worldline became a signatory company of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative launched in 2000 calling companies to align strategies and operations with 10 principles covering human rights, environment, anti-corruption and labor rights.
For the second year in a row, Worldline released its Communication on Progress (COP) as part of its commitment to provide the UN with an overview of the progress made to promote the Global Compact principles. Furthermore, in 2017, Worldline was especially delighted to be rewarded by the Global Compact France for its first publication for the best COP. The exhaustiveness and consistency of Worldline’s extra-financial progress reporting have been assessed and highlighted as key differentiating assets by the jury. To know more about this recognition, do not hesitate to read our press release.
In our 2018 COP, you will find how Worldline contributes and meets the UN’s principles supported by its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy that is embedded in its day-to-day operations. A special focus has been done on the measures, targets, policies and indicators around each principle. Worldline is pleased to share the progress and efforts achieved in 2017 to implement these principles with all its stakeholders.
For more information on Worldline’s contribution and commitment to the UN SDGs, read our press release.
For more information on the Global Goals Yearbook, have a look at the dedicated website.