Corporate Social Responsibility
A continuing commitment to employees,
local communities and the environment.
- Letter from the CEO
- Governance & Management
- Environmental Program
- Employees & Culture
- Education Philanthropy
The three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – are cornerstones of the SAS business model, fueling both decisions and practices to support our world and our people. SAS’ commitment to a sustainable future is evident through our corporate responsibility efforts to prepare employees and our business.
Our interactions, thoughts and activities are driven by data – data that is doubling almost every other year within the digital universe. Knowledge gleaned from our company data helps us serve as environmental stewards, spanning efforts across numerous global offices. From incorporating the best design, engineering, materials and technology available to recycling and energy usage, we follow green building standards for our design, construction and renovation projects. Protecting our planet is as important to us as we know it is to our community.
SAS continues to invest in our greatest asset – our people. Through better employee health, well-being and work-life balance, we help our employees perform and excel. SAS continues to rank at the top of a variety of best places to work lists in the US and around the world. Happy employees help us maintain an exceptional retention rate, far above the industry average. That loyalty translates into satisfied customers who benefit from long relationships with experienced, committed employees.
As one of the world’s best workplaces, we can attract and retain superb people who are inspired to develop great software. Our business grew from managing and analyzing large amounts of data, and even today SAS still leads the ever-expanding analytics market. In 2014, we experienced a record 39th consecutive year of growth and profitability, with approximately US$3.09 billion in worldwide revenues.
We are passionate about our responsibility in preparing the next generation of innovators, which is why education is our primary philanthropic initiative. To support that effort, in 2014 we introduced SAS® Analytics U, which provides students and teachers free and low-cost options for accessing SAS Analytics software and training. Additionally, SAS supports a host of education initiatives promoting science, technology, engineering and math.
As our world expands and evolves, I am proud and excited about our company’s future and the opportunities we all have to contribute to a strong community and a sustainable planet.
CEO of SAS
Governance & Management
Ethics, compliance and continuity of business
SAS is committed to high ethical standards in its dealings with colleagues, customers, suppliers and competitors. Robust regulatory compliance practices ensure that SAS conducts business in an honest, respectful, fair and safe manner. Guided by the company's Code of Ethics, SAS’ compliance practices have earned the company its exceptional reputation as an ethical and responsible employer and business partner.
SAS is also committed to building long-term relationships with both direct and indirect suppliers. There are a wide range of best practices to ensure the supply chain remains strong and the company is identifying the best fit for all procurement needs. Continuity of business is paramount as well, with a focus on corporate governance, information security and corporate social responsibility.
Protecting the environment for a brighter future
SAS reduces its environmental footprint with multiyear programs focused on energy conservation and solar projects, emission management, pollution mitigation, water conservation, waste reduction and recycling, procurement and green building. View environmental performance reports using SAS® Visual Analytics to see how SAS uses its own software to collect, manage, calculate and report its global environmental footprint. Top 2014 achievements:
- Generated 3.8 million kWh of clean, renewably sourced energy from rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems.
- Decreased energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions despite adding office space. Improved CDP score to 88 with a B performance rating.
- Diverted 50 percent of operational waste and 88 percent of construction waste from landfills globally.
- Decreased global water consumption by 1.9 percent while reclaimed water usage increased by 41 percent.
- Achieved LEED® Gold certification for new office building.
- Installed 18 new charging stations for employee use and dedicated premium parking for electric vehicle plug-in stations globally.
Employees & Culture
Work-life balance fosters creativity and innovation
SAS is recognized not only as the pioneer in analytics, but also for its corporate culture, which is anchored by meaningful work, trusted leadership and a world-class environment. The company has been ranked on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in the US since the list’s inception, as well as several country and multinational lists that acknowledge a commitment to work/life balance.
By promoting the philosophy that satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, SAS has seen a direct correlation between its workplace culture and business success, which has resulted in 39 years of uninterrupted revenue growth and profitability. CEO Jim Goodnight firmly believes that if you treat employees like they’ll make a difference, they will.
Meeting the challenges of the new millennium
SAS CEO Jim Goodnight refers to education as the engine of economic growth. By supporting efforts that prepare more graduates for college, work and success in the 21st century, SAS continues to play a vital role in the global community. SAS focuses its philanthropic activities on creating programs at its headquarters in Cary, NC, that can be replicated elsewhere. The company provides materials and best practices to help employees at any office launch a program that is a good fit for the community and meets local educational needs.
In North Carolina and around the world, SAS targets education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to ensure the next generation of computer innovators has the knowledge and skills to succeed.