Wolters Kluwer takes a stand against climate change and continuously reaffirms its commitment to social and environmental responsibility as they relate to both its suppliers and its own operations.
Wolters Kluwer is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which address the economic, social, and environmental challenges the world faces. As shown in our value creation model, our focus is to contribute to three SDGs:
- SDG 3: Good health and well-being: our products protect and enhance people’s health;
- SDG 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure Innovation is critical for long-term sustainable growth; and
- SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions: our solutions help promote security and reduce risk.
We support and contribute to these SDGs through the innovative products and services we deliver, through our engaged employees, through our sustainable returns, and through our impact on society.
Minimize environmental impact
To demonstrate our commitment to minimizing our environmental impact, we have included our resource-related sustainability ambitions in our Environmental Policy:
- Implement high-opportunity environmental measures;
- Continue growing our expert solutions through innovation and accelerating our global platform and cloud-based integrated solutions;
- Improve processes and optimize office space to reduce consumption of energy and water, and to improve waste treatment and recycling;
- Use alternative energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas production;
- Consolidate and outsource data centers to increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption; and
- Minimize business travel by promoting alternatives such as audio and video conferencing.
Environmental best practices within our offices
As part of Wolters Kluwer’s Green Is Green (GIG) Program, which has the goal to deliver both environmental benefits and cost savings, we launched the GIG Office Program in 2019. This is a volunteer-led green network across more than 40 of our offices to implement green best practices and create opportunities for colleagues to connect on sustainability. A two-month competition was held, designed to quickly enact changes on the ground and increase engagement around sustainability. Over 1,300 employees took part in at least one GIG event. Awards in five categories were given to offices that were greenest, most innovative, most engaged, had largest savings, and best reporting. Winning offices were able to give a donation to an environmental charity of choice and use funds for a green engagement event in 2020.
Responsibility through the supply chain
We expect our suppliers to adhere to the standards described in our Supplier Code of Conduct. Existing and new suppliers that are managed through our central supplier database are invited to participate in a due diligence questionnaire to provide information on their efforts and policies on, among other topics, data security and data privacy, risk management, working standards, and environmental measures. As part of this due diligence, we request suppliers to sign our Supplier Code of Conduct or to confirm adherence to an equivalent standard. A total of 260 suppliers have signed the Wolters Kluwer Supplier Code of Conduct or have an equivalent standard, while 90% of the suppliers we engaged with responded to our due diligence questionnaire and provided information on their sustainability strategy and actions. In 2020, we intend to increase the number of suppliers that sign our Supplier Code of Conduct or have an equivalent standard to 295, and to continue to have a response rate of 90% to our due diligence questionnaire.
All our major data center suppliers are certified in the information security management standard ISO/IEC 27001. We continue to require these suppliers to be certified according to this standard. As our major data center suppliers operate on higher energy efficiency, we further reduce our environmental impact by outsourcing and further consolidating our data center activities.
Please see our Sustainability Data Report for more information on our social, environmental, and supply chain responsibility