Letter from the CEO — 2022–2023 CSR Report
Throughout its history, SAS has helped customers solve challenges through innovative analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. In recent years, those challenges were often ones of resilience and sustainability. How could we bounce back from unprecedented disruption, stronger than ever while improving the world?
As a leader in social responsibility, we strive to help our communities and customers with these challenges and their environmental, social and governance initiatives. We know that the power of trustworthy technology can help drive better decisions and create a more sustainable future.
Through decades of corporate social innovation projects, SAS has seen firsthand the impact our technology can have on protecting the environment, improving health outcomes, addressing bias and tackling other global priorities. As a creator of powerful data technologies, we have the opportunity and responsibility to confront society’s biggest challenges – from mental health and education access to conservation and climate change. We remain dedicated to applying our expertise and technology in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
In our industry, how the technology is used is becoming just as important as what it’s used for. Our Data Ethics Practice (DEP) continues to expand, increasing efforts to bring trustworthy AI to customers and pursuing new Data for Good initiatives. The DEP collaborates with groups like EqualAI and the Business Roundtable to help shape the responsible use of AI. To further support our customers in their own responsible innovation efforts, we have committed $1 billion over the next three years to continue infusing domain expertise into trustworthy AI-powered industry solutions.
Treating people like they matter has always been SAS’ philosophy. Our inclusive and supportive culture encourages our employees to be authentic, whether they are working remotely or on-site at our award-winning workspaces. Our culture and innovation are recognized annually by organizations such as Fast Company, Forbes, the American Association of People With Disabilities, and Disability:IN, just to name a few.
Caring for our employees is only part of our sustainability commitment. We continue to expand our sustainability and conservation efforts at SAS headquarters and global offices. Our climate strategy 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. We support our customers with our expertise and software as they develop smarter, efficient operations and green business strategies.
We also invest in the future. As an analytics leader with roots in academia, we continue to expand programs to build the next generation of data experts.
As a good corporate citizen, we have a responsibility to our employees and their communities. In 2022, we built on our legacy of service and innovation and made strides with our environmental, social and economic impacts. I believe that, with our technology and talent, we are in a unique position to improve the world through data and build a more resilient and promising future.
CEO of SAS