Worldline once again rewarded for its strong extra-financial performance, confirming its leading and committed CSR player status in the industry
Bezons, March 15th, 2018 – Worldline, [Euronext: WLN] European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, announces that its strong extra-financial performance has been rewarded by the leading independent global ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) ratings provider Sustainalytics with a score of 78/100 for its first evaluation. This new recognition positions Worldline in the top 10 of the companies assessed in the Software and Services industry and strengthens the company’s leadership in sustainability related matters, strongly supported by its TRUST 2020 program.
Since 2016, Worldline has significantly strengthened its environmental policy and accelerated its transformation to improve its performance by reducing carbon and energy intensity related to its business activities. As an example, Worldline has invested in 100% renewable energy to supply all its data centers and offices in Germany, Belgium and recently France. Also, Worldline has implemented a strong green procurement policy, thus encouraging its suppliers to improve their environmental performance and systematically considering environmental criteria in all its purchasing decisions.
In this context, Worldline obtained a 98/100 score that positions the company in the Top 5 of its assessed peers.
In terms of governance, Worldline has set up strong policies on bribery, anti-corruption and money laundering and also promotes ethical behaviors throughout its value chain, supported by its code of ethics and its membership to the UN Global Compact since 2016. Worldline was given the score of 80/100 by Sustainalytics in this particular area.
Regarding social challenges, Worldline’s strong commitment to human rights, to human capital development, such as retention initiatives and to the promotion of diversity measures, has been rated with a score of 63/100.
These scores capture once again Worldline's ambitious CSR strategy and the effectiveness of the related action plans and recognize the many years of engagement and the continuous investment of the company in corporate governance, stakeholder involvement, ethics, human development and the environment. In 2017, Worldline therefore continued to demonstrate sustainable progress and to improve its CSR performance as part of its TRUST 2020 CSR program and supported by its commitment to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Sustainalytics is an independent global provider of ESG and corporate governance research and ratings to investors. The firm partners with institutional investors who integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments into their investment decisions.
Sébastien Mandron, Worldline’s Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, stated: "We are particularly proud to add to our track record this new recognition given by Sustainalytics for our strong CSR performance. This new distinction confirms the effectiveness of our CSR strategy based on a fully integrated approach to value creation at the heart of our business model. Worldline is ideally positioned to respond proactively and consistently to major hot concerns of its ecosystem, especially regarding data protection, cyber-security, well-being at work, human capital development and the fight against climate change."
For more information about Worldline’s CSR strategy and commitment, please have a look on its 2016 CSR Report: http://csr2016.worldline.com/
For more information about Worldline’s contribution to the UN SDGs, please read the following article: https://worldline.com/content/worldline/en/home/blog/2017/december/worldline-reinforces-its-commitment-to-sustainability-by-contributing-to-the-United-Nations-Sustainable-Development-Goals.html
For more information about Sustainalytics: https://www.sustainalytics.com/
Worldline [Euronext: WLN] is the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. Worldline delivers new-generation services, enabling its customers to offer smooth and innovative solutions to the end consumer. Key actor for B2B2C industries, with over 45 years of experience, Worldline supports and contributes to the success of all businesses and administrative services in a perpetually evolving market. Worldline offers a unique and flexible business model built around a global and growing portfolio, thus enabling end-to-end support. Worldline activities are organized around three axes: Merchant Services, Mobility & e-Transactional Services, Financial Services including equensWorldline. Worldline employs more than 9,400 people worldwide, with estimated revenue of circa 1.6 billion euros on a yearly basis. Worldline is an Atos company. worldline.com
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