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
As we celebrate our 40th anniversary and 40 years of consecutive growth, we stand firm as a corporate responsibility leader, supporting the planet and people through our practices.
Since 1976, SAS has been a sustainability innovator through environmental, social and economic efforts. From our roots helping farmers analyze agricultural data to finding resources to rebuild a community in Nepal after last year’s earthquake, we've been committed to making a significant, positive difference. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary and 40 years of consecutive growth, we stand firm as a corporate responsibility leader, supporting the planet and people through our practices.
Environmental responsibility plays a prominent role in our numerous offices worldwide, which incorporate the most advanced design, engineering, materials and technology available. Recycling and energy conservation are priorities. In 2015, SAS generated 3.7 million kWh of clean, renewably sourced energy from rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems. Numerous recognitions in 2015 highlight our efforts as a good corporate citizen.
With 11 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications and more underway, we remain dedicated to green building standards for all design, construction and renovation. To advance analytics as a cornerstone of “smart city” management, SAS recently became an Envision America partner. Our aim is to help municipalities run more efficiently and improve stewardship of limited resources.
But it takes more than technology to manage and analyze large amounts of data. It takes skills. SAS has made education its primary philanthropic initiative to help prepare the next generation of innovators. Our long history includes providing analytics training through major universities and our own SAS Analytics U. For students and teachers, we provide free and low-cost options to SAS software and training.
In fact, SAS proficiency was recently identified as the most valuable career skill. Learning SAS for free can be a boost to those looking to jump-start their careers. This year, we launched the SAS Academy for Data Science to further develop these highly marketable skills. SAS supports a host of other education initiatives that promote science, technology, engineering and math.
As always, SAS views our people as our greatest resource. Since its inception, SAS has been recognized as a pioneer in corporate culture. Year after year, SAS ranks high on various lists for best workplaces around the world. SAS has seen a direct correlation between its workplace culture and business success. We are convinced that satisfied employees mean satisfied customers.
In 2015, we experienced our 40th consecutive year of growth and profitability, with US$3.16 billion in revenues. This success is strongly tied to our SAS community and the investments we make in employee health, well-being and work-life balance. I firmly believe that if you treat employees like they make a difference, they will make a difference.
As our world evolves, we must be diligent in safeguarding the planet, targeting innovative ways to sustainably live and work. But we can’t do it alone: To change the world for the better, we must collaborate to explore new possibilities. Being socially responsible is about making tomorrow a priority – today.
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 2015 achievements:
- Generated 3.7 million kWh of clean, renewably sourced energy from rooftop and ground-mounted solar systems.
- Energy use intensity (EUI) for office buildings decreased 5.4 percent to 16.5 kWh per square foot.
- Improved CDP score to 91 with a C performance rating.
- Diverted 50 percent of operational waste and 80 percent of construction waste from landfills globally.
- Achieved LEED® certifications for three existing office buildings.
- Upgraded standard for office copy paper from 30 percent recycled content to 50 percent with Forest Stewardship Council certification.
- Reduced paper use per employee from 1,483 sheets to 1,254 – a 16 percent decrease for specific calendar year and a more than 50 percent reduction since 2009.
- Launched global interactive environmental awareness website for SAS employees.
Employees & Culture
SAS' world-renowned culture is based on trust, flexibility and values
SAS is not only known as the pioneer in analytics but as the pioneer in workplace culture. SAS’ culture is anchored by meaningful work, excellent leadership and a world-class work environment. The company has been ranked on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list since the list’s inception for its corporate culture – which encourages work/life balance.
SAS employees share a common spirit, a passion for their work, their customers and each other. It’s truly a workplace like no other, based on the belief that happy, healthy people have a passionate engagement with life – and bring it to work. We understand there’s a direct correlation between our culture and business success with 40 years of uninterrupted revenue growth and profitability. If you treat employees well, they will continue to innovate and create amazing software that creates happy customers.
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 by other SAS offices around the world. 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 that the next generation of computer innovators has the knowledge and skills to succeed.