The 8th goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. For us it means focusing primarily on creating decent, but also meaningful work for all. 

In the aftermath of Covid-19, many employees are affected by changes in work-life, which affect collaboration and their sense of belonging. We are addressing these topics both in a global and a local context, firstly by actively listening and involving employees. We believe that our sustainability focus areas help to create meaning in work for our employees and have led to the several dedicated sustainability-related employee initiatives.  

Young SDG Innovators Program 

The UN Global Compact’s Young SDG Innovators Program engages young professionals from companies participating in the UN Global Compact around the world to learn how to use the Sustainable Development Goals as a catalyst for the development of new products and services. The goal is to help design more sustainable business models, initiatives and products that will advance the company’s sustainability efforts while driving innovation and delivering tangible solutions with potential market value. 

In 2021, three young SimCorp employees participated in the program, and based on their thought-provoking innovation proposal they were selected to present their ideas for energy-optimized software development at UN Global Compact’s world-wide event Uniting Business LIVE. 

Image caption: SimCorp’s three Young SDG Innovators 2021: Wojciech Michal Pawlak, Vasileia Stavrakaki, and Valiant Hansen D’Souza. 

SimCorp’s ESG Fund for Employees 

The SimCorp ESG Fund supports employees who take an active part in sustainability-related activities that make a positive impact in their local communities. With a current budget of EUR 50,000 per year, all SimCorp employees globally can apply for support for projects which they actively engage in.  

In 2021, the ESG Fund gave donations for:  

- A playground in a local daycare facility in Warsaw
- An All Kids Bike initiative 
- An organization which helps people with autism secure meaningful employment
- Junior football teams in areas with high immigration and low-income families

Image caption: Marta Wróbel, Anette Bank, and Roland August joined their SimCorp team in helping build a playground in a local daycare facility in Warsaw. 

2022 supported projects in the pipeline include:  

  • Planting of trees in collaboration with sharecrop farmers and locals  
  • Books in the Ukranian language to a school library in Copenhagen  

code.org – a way of giving back  

code.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. In 2021, SimCorp decided to donate EUR 1,000 to code.org for each employee referral across the global SimCorp organization. By donating to code.org, we will give something back to the talent pool that we are hiring from.