Our purpose is to make the future work for everyone, to do whatever we can to help people all over the world access the best oportunities. For us, success is about more than financial figures. It’s also about working in a way that benefits our stakeholders, the economy and society at large. We are a business of people for people. At the Adecco Group, we are thus committed to working towards a culture that consistently integrates, social, environmental and governance considerations across our full value chain.
As a global company, we have a duty to act responsibly and ethically. What we do is only good for us if it is also good for our stakeholders. We look closely at the impact of our activities to make sure we are giving future generations the best chance to make their futures better and brighter. Sustainability for us is not a one-off effort or something that sits separate from the business. It is – and must be - an integral part of how we do business. Ultimately, this helps deliver economic value for our shareholders and stakeholders, as well as positive results for communities across the globe.
We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. We will continue to challenge ourselves and others, push boundaries, and strive to be at the forefront of delivering better futures for all.
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Our sustainability governance
Strong governance structures and clear lines of accountability enable us to deliver on our ambition and commitments. This must start at the top. With its members as stewards of the company, the Board of Directors has thus ultimate responsibility for the overall strategic direction and oversight of sustainability-related matters. It has assigned certain of these duties and responsibilities to its Governance and Nomination Committee.
But for any truly integrated approach, this must be a collaborative effort, with both top down and bottom up input. We want to ensure our activities are meaningful and appropriate to the relevant context, needs and perspectives. To ensure consistency and delivery against global objectives, the efforts are anchored by the Group Sustainability Function.
We are building a culture in which everyone has a responsibility to do the right thing and set an example for others. Our code of conduct and values thereby provide a compass of expected behaviour for to all employees. At the same time, we believe our leadership team must model these behaviours.
In 2018, we launched our Leadership Contract , which is a commitment by each leader to be personally accountable for our performance, and our culture. It clearly defines what is expected from leaders of the Adecco Group, and is designed to build a strong leadership core that acts as a role models for employees across the organisation. Our leaders have embraced the Contract as a tangible framework for positive culture creation. Since its launch, we have integrated the Contract behaviours into our performance management and leadership development programmes to ensure we are inspiring the right actions, and we are training our colleagues on how to adopt them in their everyday work life.
Becoming carbon neutral
In 2019, the Adecco Group committed to becoming carbon neutral and reducing our total carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. By doing this, we can help contribute to the level of decarbonisation needed to limit global temperature increases to 1.5° C, compared with pre-industrial levels. As well as limiting damage to our natural environment, aiding the transition to a more sustainable economy also has the potential to create millions of jobs.
To achieve our goals, we have to take decisive actions and make sure we are adapting our practices to take advantage of the biggest potential sources of reduction. Over the coming decade, we will limit business travel, use lower-carbon alternatives, decarbonise our car fleet, improve the energy efficiency of our facilities, and explore options for employee commuting and remote working.