8. Sustainability at Visma
As an international company dedicated to helping organisations and people thrive, we know that our success depends on meeting the needs of all our stakeholders.
We are taking the necessary steps in our sustainability transformation to move towards a more unified approach to sustainability, in which we are collaborating across our group of companies to gain better insight into and reduce our impacts. Our Sustainability Policy lays out the responsibility for each and every Visma company related to decision making with sustainability considerations in mind.
As a group, we believe that supporting health, human rights, education, and the environment is key to building a more sustainable future. We are committed to making a positive impact in all our activities as an organisation. We fully support internationally responsible principles related to human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. This support is codified in our Corporate Governance and Code of Conduct policies.
The Code of Conduct also outlines core values that guide how Visma employees interface with stakeholders, whether in business, government, or society. These values are Entrepreneurial, Responsible, Dedicated, and Inclusive. Read more about our values.
Human rights and slavery
Visma respects and supports human rights unconditionally, whether within the organisation or among our suppliers, partners, customers, and other stakeholders.
We believe in the principle of “do no harm” as defined at the international level and do not tolerate human rights abuses in our operations. This means we allow neither child labour nor forced labour of any kind. See our Statement on Modern Slavery.
We believe that healthy people are the best resource an organisation can have, which is why we also have strict policies to ensure working conditions support our employees’ well-being. Furthermore, we believe that a diverse workforce only makes us stronger. We therefore have programs centered around diversity and inclusion in our HR processes. Read more about our initiatives on diversity and inclusion.
Anti-corruption and bribery
We have active policies to ensure that no conflicts of interest take place, including any activities related to corruption, bribery, competition and market regulations, antitrust, and money laundering. Expectations of our employees related to anti-corruption and bribery are described in detail in our Anti-Corruption Policy, as well as our Code of Conduct.
We also expect our business partners, including suppliers, distributors, agents and joint venture partners, to abide by the same principles in their operations. These expectations are outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
With regards to the environment, it is important that we track the performance indicators most relevant to our business impacts. Therefore, we have begun to measure our carbon footprint by requiring all Visma companies—over 200 located across multiple countries and locations—to begin reporting their carbon emissions. Their responsibilities to the environment are further detailed in our Sustainability Policy. While we do not produce physical products, there are still other steps we can take to reduce our carbon output, for example by improving efficiencies in our data centres.
In addition, we take steps internally to reduce our operational footprint through various reductions in consumption and use of resources. We have internal environmental guidelines in our Code of Conduct related to emissions generated from travel, commuting to work, and use of resources such as paper and food.
Finally, we are working hard to identify new ways to create efficiencies for our customers through digitalisation and automation, thereby reducing the use of paper and outdated hardware that is energy and resource intensive.