At Ordina, we have a broad definition of sustainability: it means adding as much value as possible for all stakeholders. Sustainable business means that we are committed to improving our performance in areas where we have a significant environmental or social impact.
At the heart of society
Ordina is at the heart of society. In addition to strong returns, we want to do more than achieve financial success. Our stakeholders too expect this of us. Social responsibility and sustainability are becoming increasingly important to our clients, employees, partners, and other stakeholders. That is why Ordina’s business operations are focused on creating financial, social, and environmental value in the long term.
Our Ordina 2022 strategy is designed to lead the way. We have two spearheads: environment and society. We have the ambition to be carbon neutral and ultimately carbon negative. And with our profession, we can ensure that everyone has equal opportunities in society.
Environment: Carbon neutral
We only have one planet, and we have to take care of it. How? By preventing waste and constantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Ordina also contributes to this. We have set ourselves the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030, but our ambition goes beyond that. We want to become carbon negative.
We joined the Dutch coalition Anders Reizen in 2020 and are committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions caused by business mobility per FTE by 50% (compared to 2016) by 2030. Even though Anders Reizen is a Dutch initiative, we also apply the objective to Ordina BeLux. This initiative is in keeping with our long-term ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.
However, to take a step towards being carbon neutral and even carbon negative, more is needed. The initiatives to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions as much as possible will lower our emissions level, but we will have to compensate the remaining emissions. We can do this by buying certificates. We consciously choose not to do this and are investigating possibilities to contribute to additional afforestation ourselves.
Society: Our profession contributes to equal opportunities
Social inequality between people is increasing. We see this around us with increasing frequency. At Ordina, we believe everyone should have equal opportunities. And we believe that our profession can play a meaningful role in this. We do this by contributing to organizations that support charities and acquainting children and students with our profession.
- Pledge 1%
One of the sustainability initiatives we focus on is the Pledge 1% movement, which we joined in 2020. The Pledge 1% movement contributes to creating a better world. More than 11,000 organizations now participate by selflessly giving 1% of their assets, profits, products, or time to a charity of their choice. At Ordina, we carry out concrete projects related to our field of expertise. Our employees also volunteer to work on projects run by external civil society organizations, such as NGOs, foundations, educational or healthcare institutions, or organizations that are registered as Public Benefit Organizations (ANBIs).
In addition, we actively work to strengthen and improve digitization in society through our partnership with JINC. With our expertise, we want to give children between the ages of eight and sixteen a good start on the labor market. JINC is committed to a society in which a child’s background does not determine his or her future, and in which every child has opportunities. Through the JINC program, children are introduced to digitalization, discover which work suits their talents and learn how to apply for a job. Ordina employees, for example, give lessons on digital skills at elementary schools.
- Close the Gap
This non-profit organization gives a second life to laptops, servers, and telephones in developing countries, and recently also in schools in Europe. Ordina makes used IT equipment available.
- Allemaal Digitaal (All Digital)
An initiative of the Dutch government, civil society organizations, and the IT sector to collect used laptops, refurbish them, and distribute them to the people who need them most.
We provide insight into our impact on society in a materiality matrix, as intended in the GRI Standards. The materiality matrix shows the importance of each sustainability theme to our stakeholders and the influence Ordina has on them.
Our value creation model
Our value creation process aims to positively impact our environment and our stakeholders through our business activities. That is why we are in constant dialogue with them about the added value they can expect from us in the short, medium, and long term. Our value creation model was drawn up to map out this process of value creation.
External obligations and validation
Ordina aims for an integrated form of reporting with the intention of incorporating Corporate Social Responsibility objectives in the reporting and control cycle. Ordina aspires to continually improve its environmental performance and makes every effort to keep its own carbon dioxide emissions as low as possible.
We also state our concrete obligations. By doing so, we comply with the European directive, also known as the Energy Efficiency Directive, established by the EU. Furthermore, we explain our participation in MJA3 and publish the following certificates:
- CO2 Performance Ladder level 5 (for most material emissions and chain analyses, see the SKAO website)
- ISO 14001 Environmental management