Barco states that sustainability is a mind-set. As the initial “clean tech” investment bubble began to take off, businesses continued to see the benefits of investing in low-carbon or net zero technology. Barco, the Belgian headquartered technology company, saw no reason not to follow suit and considers sustainability as a key pillar of its work. Having been rated by several independent organisations on its sustainability performance, it states its key aims are:
- To lower the company’s environmental footprint and those of Barco customers;
- To invest in sustainable employability by enabling careers that are engaging, enriching and healthy;
- To build an inclusive workplace that embraces the diversity of our people;
- To play an active role in the communities we operate in by upholding the highest ethical and quality standards;
- To deliver added value to our customers through our solutions, services and capabilities; ensuring more people can participate in and benefit from the innovation society.
As many in the sector have enlisted as key to driving their objectives, Barco closely follows the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Elsewhere, these are recognised as a comprehensive assessment for progression in the sustainability space and Barco uses these as a yardstick to guide its overall strategy. The six core SDG’s which Barco seeks to follow are closely linked to the company’s materiality and are:
- Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing of all ages;
- Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all;
- Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;
- Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation;
- Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Another area which is essential to Barco’s sustainability mission is governance. As one of the core areas of the organisation, sustainability is strongly reflected in the hierarchical set up, with strategic progress on the sustainability program seen as being an integral part of the organisation’s corporate strategy. Additionally, sustainability related risks are crucial to the risk management process as well as concerns raised via the Ethics mailbox. Over the next few years, Barco seeks to continue to refine and strengthen their sustainability governance and organisation; their sustainability strategy, whilst also markedly improve the sustainability performance of operations and products. Thus, there is no stopping in this pursuit and Barco aims to be a frontrunner amongst the sector.
Learn more about sustainability with Barco here