Sage, the Newcastle-based market leader in cloud business management solutions, has joined nearly 200 other companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

As part of the membership, Sage will work hand-in-hand with other purpose-led CEOs, contributing to key projects across climate, social inequality, reporting and the future of work.

Steve Hare, Sage’s Chief Executive Officer, joins WBCSD as a Council Member. He will provide leadership and collaborate with other leaders on WBCSD’s work programme to help sustainable businesses be more successful. In addition, Steve takes up the role of a Commissioner for the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality to mobilise the business community at large and drive tangible progress in support of prosperity for all.

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organisation of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. It engages with members on being more sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

As part of its ambitious Sustainability and Society strategy, Knocking Down Barriers. Sage’s goal is to use its technology, time, and experience to back a generation of diverse and sustainable businesses by tackling societal and economic inequality and protecting the planet.

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Sage has already committed to playing its part in tackling the climate crisis, pledging to be Net Zero by 2040 across its operations and supply chain, with an interim step to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said: “Businesses have a leading role to play in the transformations needed for Vision 2050. As one of the leading providers of innovative tech solutions for small and medium-sized companies, Sage has a key role to play in inspiring the journey of millions of companies worldwide. We are excited to collaborate with Sage and support their commitment.”

Sage Chief Executive Steve Hare said: “Sage is committed to standing with millions of small and mid-size businesses around the world tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time. Joining WBCSD as a Council Member provides an opportunity to represent SMBs globally and the challenges they face in protecting our planet. Collaborating with leaders on driving this transition is critical.”



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