Letter from the CEO –2021 - 2022 CSR Report
While the world continues to face uncertainty and challenges, the connectedness and the power of community has been an inspiration for what we can accomplish together. Igniting curiosity and creativity to drive innovation and empower change has been the cornerstone of SAS since our beginning. And we have seen firsthand how the power of technology can transform lives and drive better decisions to help our environment and our community – moving our world forward.
Creating a brighter future is not only part of our vision for our customers through innovative solutions but also for SAS as a company, evidenced by our announcement of plans to be ready for an initial public offering (IPO) by 2024. As a leader in social responsibility who prioritizes sustainability in our business strategy, we know that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives are integral to our continued success and simply the right thing to do. Reducing environmental impacts and safeguarding natural resources is a shared responsibility that starts with intentional and ambitious goals and actions.
Taking action and empowering others is part of SAS’ curious spirit that leads us to build award-winning solutions for more than just business problems. It drives our dedication to supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by searching for new ways to use analytics and ethical artificial intelligence (AI) to address society’s biggest challenges – from mental health to education access to climate change. We recently launched the SAS Data Ethics Practice, a cross-functional team that guides a globally coordinated effort to help employees and customers deploy data-driven systems that promote human well-being, agency and equity. Our social innovation efforts give us the opportunity to do something meaningful while inspiring others to drive progress for the global community and the planet.
Our dedication to a green strategy can be seen through our own sustainable practices, including decades of environmental initiatives. We have consistently expanded our sustainability and conservation efforts at SAS headquarters and global offices. We also use our renowned analytic expertise and powerful software solutions to help customers develop smarter, efficient operations and green business strategies. In addition to a climate strategy that includes a 2050 net-zero carbon emissions goal and validated science-based emission reduction targets, our sustainable initiatives range from energy conservation and solar projects connected by our smart campus technology to green buildings, recycling and boosting bee populations.
Making a positive impact extends through our commitment to prioritizing our employees’ health and well-being. As a trailblazer in the employee-focused workplace culture, our supportive and inclusive reputation has been recognized for decades through numerous accolades and awards by publications like Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. By embracing everyone’s distinct contributions and abilities, we remain an innovator who continues to create software that makes a difference in the world. This strong culture is the foundation of who we are, and we will continue to build on it. As we move ahead on our path toward IPO-readiness, our renowned culture will remain intact, distinguishing our legacy that began more than four decades ago.
We know innovation means investing in the future beyond just our community. For SAS, we are driven to accelerate human progress through education and data literacy. From our humble beginnings in academia, education has always been our primary philanthropic focus. As the founder of analytics, we are uniquely positioned to determine the future of analytics, equipping the next generation with the data literacy skills they need to succeed. The increased need for data literacy should open opportunities for all students through free resources in computer science and STEM which is why SAS launched Data Literacy Essentials and DataFly in 2021 to improve data literacy skills.
CEO of SAS