SES joins United Nations Global Compact corporate sustainability initiative
SES has joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, underscoring the company’s purpose-led Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programme.
By committing to the UN Global Compact framework, SES is aligning its societal and environmental impact efforts to the company’s purpose and delivering on its ambitions to provide cloud-enabled, satellite-based intelligent connectivity and to make a difference worldwide.
The UN Global Compact encourages both business and non-business organisations to establish and define strategies, policies and procedures aligned with the 10 principles of the Global Compact. These include the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation, undertaking initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and supporting and respecting the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights. SES says it is well aligned with these principles – citing its work enabling people and businesses in remote areas to stay connected, restoring communications networks in disaster-stricken areas and its work providing governments with resilient and secure networks for their operations – and will report on their execution.
Under this new commitment, SES will evaluate its existing ESG activities while aligning them with the company’s purpose and ambitions, as well as with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure that SES is making the necessary positive social and environmental impact on the world.
SES will also develop a formal impact strategy that will determine how to adopt best-in-class ESG policies while delivering services to its customers. It will also produce ESG reports that adhere to international standards to highlight the extent of SES’s impact.
“Whether through supporting education, remote health, disaster response, connecting populations or simply delivering entertainment, we are driven to leverage the best innovation in space to make life better for people here on the ground. Our team’s passion for making a positive difference in the world makes joining the UN Global Compact initiative a straight-forward choice for SES and underscores our commitment to operating in the most sustainable and responsible way across our entire business,” said Steve Collar, CEO at SES.