Worldline obtains the "Platinum" award for its 5th evaluation by EcoVadis
Worldline confirms its leadership position among the TOP 1% of the most sustainable companies, all industries combined
Worldline [Euronext: WLN], Europe's leading provider of payment and transaction services, is proud to receive the Platinum Medal from the independent extra-financial rating agency EcoVadis for its 5th rating. With a 3-point improvement in its overall ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) performance compared to 2019, Worldline achieved an overall score of 86/100, illustrating once again its continued progress in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Thanks to this distinction, the highest awarded by EcoVadis, Worldline is positioned in the TOP 1% of the most sustainable companies evaluated by the extra-financial platform, all sectors combined. This award confirms the company's long-term commitment to sustainable development, supported by its dedicated TRUST 2020 programme, at all levels of the areas evaluated by EcoVadis: labour and human rights, ethics, environment and sustainable procurement.
Worldline was particularly recognized for its approach to social issues, particularly on labour law and human rights, significantly improving its performance with a 10 point improvement over the previous year, a score of 90/100. This outstanding result is the result of the company's rigorous efforts in its responsible employer strategy, reinforcing and implementing numerous actions, such as: more formal processes for career management and skills development of employees; new actions in the fight against discrimination and harassment; a more interactive communication plan for employees, focusing on well-being and working conditions, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; or the setting up of a negotiation group for the creation of a European Works Council.
As far as the environment is concerned, Worldline maintains its 80/100 score and is pursuing its goal of becoming a low carbon company. To combat climate change, Worldline is reducing, limiting and neutralizing its carbon emissions. Since 2019, all emissions generated by its data centres, office activity, business travel and payment terminals have been offset, positioning Worldline as the first payment player to contribute to the sector's carbon neutrality. The company has also set new climate objectives, in line with the SBTi (Sciences Based Targets initiative). :
- Reduce its carbon intensity by 2.67% each year, in line with the objectives validated by the SBTi, i.e. -19% in 2025 and -45% in 2035, compared to 2018;
- Pursue ISO 14001 certification of its strategic data centres and offices with more than 500 employees. ;
- Achieve an average PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of 1.65 by 2020 in its data centres ;
- Use 100% renewable energy for the group's electricity consumption;
- Continue to contribute to carbon neutrality by offsetting 100% of residual CO2 emissions related to its activities.
In terms of ethics, Worldline once again achieved a score of 90/100, confirming its ability to promote and influence responsible behaviour and practices at all levels of its value chain.
I am proud that this year again, Worldline has been distinguished as one of the most sustainable companies evaluated by EcoVadis. Our high score rewards the commitment and collective work of our teams and is all the more important this year, in the current macro-economic context of the Covid-19 health crisis. Worldline has an ambitious vision of its social and environmental responsibility, a desire that became all the more evident in June 2020, when we officially communicated our "raison d'être" to unite the Worldline community around a long-term, coherent and shared vision.