We understand sustainability as a premise that influences everything we do. In order to always act responsibly in our changing digitalized environment, we will therefore change existing processes. The topics affected by this are very diverse. Some issues have a stronger social focus, others a stronger impact on the environment. And while some changes affect our existence as a digital company, others are analog. Responsibility just goes sometimes with, sometimes without, and both despite and thanks to digitalization.
As a tech company, we know from a materiality analysis that we have the greatest impact on society and the environment through those products and services that we develop and sell to our customers. At the same time, we also know that we ourselves still have many challenges when it comes to our own organizational processes. Therefore, our transformation is about changing our very own internal business processes as well as developing products and services in such a way that they have a positive social impact – on our customers, their users and the environment.
We are aware that responsibility has thousands of facets and that the path toward sustainability is a transformation. Therefore, we will openly communicate our findings. Everyone who wants to participate should know where we stand and find out where they can get involved. We also want to inspire our customers and partners with our own journey. That is why we are making Sustainability an open-source project: visible, changeable and adaptable to other companies.
The Digital Sustainability Hub (DSH) is an integral part of the corporate structure. Divided into working groups with dedicated contact persons, the members work on topics according to their areas of interest under the umbrella of the community and with the support of the management. This enables us to raise awareness of the responsibility aspect in every strategic decision, even if we are not yet implementing it systematically across all areas. Our structure also helps us to integrate sustainability and digital responsibility across our entire portfolio and to think along with existing customers as well as when acquiring new customers. Insights into our own transformation are often the starting point for customer discussions regarding new organizational structure in terms of increased responsibility. We are aware of the extra effort that is involved for all employees – but we believe in the power of personal dedication.
COLLABORATION, COURAGE, IMPACT and MINDFULNESS are the foundation of all our actions. In the spirit of sustainability, we interpret these values as follows:
#collaboration – WIN AS A TEAM
Responsibility and sustainability are goals, visions and values that affect the entire company. That's why we bring together experts and motivated souls from all units and departments.
#courage – DO EPIC THINGS
Hierarchies are of no importance in the digital sustainability hub. The only thing that matters is our shared mission: to shape the company, its products and services responsibly and to approach this transformation in an experimental and transparent way.
#impact – MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
Because we also want to encourage other companies to move in this direction beyond our own changes, we are making sustainability an open-source project: visible, changeable and adaptable to other companies. And we are happy to accompany our customers in this process.
#mindfulness – TAKE CARE AND SMILE
Taking responsibility as a company means promoting diversity, trusting and actively supporting each other, and educating ourselves together. We take care of our customers, colleagues and ourselves and remember that private life is inseparable from professional life.
If you want to change the world, you have to start with yourself. That's why we analyze the carbon footprint of our website diconium.com, identify potential for improvement, and continually transform ourselves into a CO2 reduced website.
People from all over the world work at diconium. Every single person brings their unique story and individual culture. For this year's Diwali festival, for example, we have had enlightening experiences that lead us to consider how we can celebrate our diversity even more. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the biggest cultural festivals in India, which many of our Indian colleagues celebrate. Conversations but also debates came about that had never taken place before. And that is also diversity. We want to make it tangible and visible.
Measuring our footprint accurately requires great transformation. We're already getting started. With workshops, cross-departmental collaborations and external support. We will also describe this process transparently here.