(Corporate Social Responsibility a choice?)
Sustainability the new normal
Sounds tough but it's true. There are enough reasons not to do it (now). Instead of discussing all the reasons not to do it we decided to do Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)!
Being distinctive by doing business in a socially responsible, ecological and economic way.
We need to confess that it isn't going smoothly always. In our daily work we constantly make decisions which do not always prove to be the right ones. But we learn as we go, step by step towards our goal to make AppyThings a sustainable company, an example of CSR.
Curious to see how we are sustainable? Let us give you a peek into our sustainable operations at AppyThings.
People: The human face of AppyThings
Everything that AppyThings does and delivers involves the human factor. Our people make the difference. AppyThings is proud of its people who differ in age, sexual orientation and ethnic background.
We actively encourage own responsibility, innovation and ideation in working at AppyThings. We are aware that not everyone has equal opportunities in this society.
Therefore AppyThings works with various social organizations to provide opportunities for people with a passion. The time and energy we need to invest in helping others, we take for granted. The experiences alone are priceless to us.
We pledge ourselves to focus on creating a caring and inspiring working environment where diversity and equality is promoted for all employees.
Planet: Only one chance to do it right
An important part of our sustainability is our search for resources that are less harmful to the environment. Some examples of our work:
- With each choice of supplier, we request and go through their CSR policy in detail
- Our IT infrastructure, from the domain registration to our cloud environment, is almost 100% CO2 neutral
- Our offices are located in refurbished buildings like oVVice in Arnhem and Amsterdam
- We contribute to local economic development by choosing local suppliers to service us where possible
- The most important: we keep working to reduce our footprint
oVVice in 2 minutes
Being a commercial company with sound financial management is vital to our going concern and long-term goals. Obviously, we want to work with API Management and Internet of Things for many more years. This does not mean that we cannot stand out in Corporate Social Responsibility. Again, we take our responsibility.
We believe that transparency is the cornerstone of good governance. To create confidence among our people, we give our people access to the financials of the company. Therefore each employee receives insights in how much he/she costs the company but also how much he/she contributes.
Several staff members are also partly owner of the parent company and their work contributes directly to our existence in the future. We are aware that we are very fortunate.
In order to make a difference, we set aside a portion of our profits as a financial contribution to charity. Each year we select which charities we support that year.
The AppyThings's mentality: Corporate Social Responsibility not because we have to, but because we want to and because it pays off!