Environmental responsibility: Innovating all along our value chain
Future outlook 4.4. This section applies the recommendations of CDSB REQ-06/TCFD (1) . Our primary goal over the next decade is to continuously reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and achieve "net zero" emissions in accordance with the UN’s "Climate Neutral Now" programme, with the following milestones: By end 2022: achieve "net zero" emissions from our direct 1. operations (offices, data centres and business travel); By end 2025: add waste, employee commuting and indirect 2. energy to activities covered by our "net zero" emissions pledge; By end 2028: include the whole of the value chain by adding 3. purchases of goods and services; Alongside our emissions reduction strategy, we will continue to publicly disclose our risks and opportunities in accordance with TCFD guidelines and any other new European and/or domestic directives on an annual basis. We will use trends from the most appropriate internationally recognised scenarios in our qualitative and quantitative scenario analysis to determine the main areas in which we need to develop strategies to mitigate and adapt our operations. We will continue to support our clients as they transition to a low-carbon economy by providing them with advice, software and services based on the following: Sustainable IT: accelerating adoption of digital sustainability, 1. notably by selecting the infrastructure and technologies most closely aligned with clients’ and the Group’s Sustainable Development Goals, applying eco-design principles to solutions development and taking into account environmental costs when assessing the value of new services; IT for Sustainability: harnessing the potential offered by new 2. technologies to develop innovative solutions that protect the environment and the climate. In order to cover the whole of the value chain, we are maintaining our supplier engagement programme together with our target validated by SBTi: “Sopra Steria is committed to ensuring that suppliers accounting for at least 70% of its supply chain emissions control their GHG emissions, and that 90% of those suppliers have in place GHG emissions reduction targets by 2025”. Our approach to meeting this commitment is a phased programme with a number of milestones: Over the period 2019-2023, assess the emissions of the 1. following proportions of suppliers accounting for 70% of our supply chain emissions: 40% in 2019, 60% in 2020, 80% in 2021 and 100% by end 2023; Over the period 2020-2025, assess the following proportions of 2. suppliers accounting for 70% of our supply chain emissions to ensure that they are controlling their emissions: 30% in 2023, 65% in 2024 and 100% by end 2025; Over the period 2020-2025, assess the following proportions of 3. suppliers accounting for 70% of our supply chain emissions to
ensure that they have in place emissions reduction targets: 20% in 2023, 45% in 2024 and 90% by end 2025. We will continue to run supplier engagement programmes in countries where we have a strong presence, encouraging our suppliers with the help of a variety of communication and assessment software platforms (such as EcoVadis and Provigis). As a leading business in the fight against climate change, Sopra Steria will also continue to dialogue and work with political decision-makers and other top-tier organisations, including universities, to incubate and develop innovative solutions. Environmental reporting 4.5. This section applies the recommendations of CDSB REQ-07, 08, 09/TCFD (1) . Environmental reporting information is set out in Section 1.3, “Overview of reporting scope”, of this chapter (pages 104 to 105). Compliance and assurance 4.6. in relation to environmental reporting This section applies the recommendations of CDSB REQ-11, 12/TCFD (1) . Compliance (CDSB REQ-11/TCFD) (1) As the first of ten signatory companies, Sopra Steria made a public commitment during Climate Week NYC in September 2017 to disclose climate-related information in accordance with guidelines issued by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) for a period of three years. Sopra Steria opted to use the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) framework because it complies with TCFD guidelines. Since 2017, the Group has provided a CDSB cross-reference table in its annual report demonstrating compliance. This report on 2020 data uses the structure set out in the CDSB framework to provide the required information in a fully compliant manner. Assurance information is set out in the next section. Assurance (CDSB REQ-12/TCFD) (1) Independent assurance meeting ISAE 3000 is provided by an independent third party, which carries out checks on a reasonable assurance basis on figures in the report identified by the sign, the majority of which relate to greenhouse gas emissions (excluding greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chain, which are verified on a limited assurance basis). This assurance is set out in Section 8, “Report by the independent third party on the consolidated statement of non-financial performance presented in the management report”, of this chapter (pages 153 to 154).
CDSB REQ: For more information, see the Glossary on page 308. (1)