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ESG and our impact on society
We are driven by our purpose to value added sustainability
Doing the right thing
We believe in contributing to a more sustainable, equitable and ethical world, where we do the right thing in business, and invest in the future of our communities and environment. This is part of our value creation for our customers, embedded in how we operate and the Ultima culture. Our people are passionate about having a net positive impact to the world and champion the business initiatives.
We are constantly challenging ourselves to find ways to reduce our environmental impact. Sustainability is therefore at the core of Ultima values and purpose. We are committed to contributing towards the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement, and support all of our stakeholders to a transition to a decarbonized society.
From how we do business and the delivery of our services, we are driven by our purpose to value added sustainability, being a responsible and ethically led business, to help transition our customers to energy efficiency and low carbon business practices. We are dedicated to achieving a better tomorrow for our future workforce.
Our people are passionate about having a net positive impact to the world and champion the business initiatives.
What we are doing now:
Our corporate carbon footprint:
Ultima has halved the Scope 1 and 2 emissions since 2019—this is from activities such as heating and powering offices by renewable energy, energy monitoring due to sub-metering, and efficiency in transferring the majority of our on Prem services to Cloud.
Ultima is committed to a paperless office and in our warehouse, all packaging is recycled or reused.
we have halved our employee commuting impact.
Ultima’s software services reduce the carbon impact for our customers by
We pledge by 2030
To reduce our scope 1, 2, and 3 carbon emissions and to be aligned with net-zero ambitions.
We will support our customers to reduce the impact of emissions due to business travel through a verified Carbon Offset provider.
70% of the Ultima Services to our customers will reduce their carbon impact in our scope 3 value chain.
We will partner with our suppliers to provide energy-efficient products and source materials within a circular economy enabling our customers to meet their own net zero ambitions.
Diversity and equality
Our diversity, equality and inclusion strategy is driven via our culture of compassion, respect and acceptance.
Diversity plays a huge part Ultima’s ethos and we are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all employees, contractors, partners and customers. We believe every individual that represents our business enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.
Our Leadership team are at the core of our culture, standing for inclusivity with a zero tolerance on discrimination, bullying and harassment. We have dedicated training across our organisation on diversity, equality and inclusion. As a business we ensure a safe inclusive environment so that all our people have a sense of belonging.
Wellbeing is central to our business culture underpinned by our policies, benefits, management training and reinforced by our leadership team.
As part of our talent acquisition, we partner with local and national organisation representing:
· Armed forces
· Disability charities
· Youth Groups
· Berkshire Women Aid
· We are a Real Living Wage employer
We believe that getting diversity right will pave the way for greater creativity and growth, and we set time-bound targets for the share of multiple representation in senior leadership roles. Our target is to reach a share of
women in senior leadership roles overall by the end of 2030, and a minimum of
across the business. We require diversity in all recruitments and promotions, in both the shortlisting and offer stages.
Giving back is a key part of social change where we can improve social outcomes across the country.
We recognise that our role within the communities extends beyond providing technology services. We are committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work through partnerships and community-based support – where we engage with our best asset – our people. Ultima supports initiatives and organisations which are working to enhance prosperity, foster social progress and enrich the quality of people’s lives in our communities.
We pledge by 2030
To have volunteered a £1m of Ultima time to our communities and environment
To have collected 5 tons of waste from our beaches and rivers
Ultima’s values include respect – putting people and the planet first and passion – we will always go above and beyond.
The Ultima leadership team are focused on the delivery of Ultima’s business objectives and take a forward-looking perspective. This includes anticipating changes in stakeholder expectations, regulatory requirements, market position, and reputational risk, while promoting a culture of sustainability and ethics across the organisation.
Management responsibility for sustainability underpins Ultima’s corporate governance practices, and the business’s sustainable and responsible long-term growth and prosperity.
For Ultima to contribute to human progress and protecting nature, we pledge to reduce our emissions to net zero and operate in line with Science Based Targets.
We see digitisation and decarbonisation moving in lockstep to ensure that digitisation acts as a driver for change in the next decade and beyond. We will be placing digital at the centre of our organisation’s decarbonisation journey, as global momentum accelerates towards a net zero future.
Our ESG programme is aligned to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal call to action. We aim to promote health and wellbeing, protect the planet, and ensure responsible consumption and production, as goals central to our industry.
In 2022 Ultima was a signatory to the Carbon Call, a ClimateWorks Foundation-hosted initiative, to mobilize collective action, and accelerate ongoing work to improve measurement, reporting, and verification of GHG emissions and removal, primarily for the corporate sector.
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