For many years now, social commitment, good governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have been at the core of SD Worx. As an international people solutions provider, we recognise that we have a considerable impact on individual people and society as a whole. This is why we invest in good causes throughout the year and encourage our people to take action by launching their own initiatives.
While SD Worx NV unites SD Worx People Solutions and SD Worx Staffing & Career Solutions, our sustainability report mainly covers activities undertaken by SD Worx People Solutions in Belgium. Belgium is, of course, where our story began almost 75 years ago. It is also only since 2019 that SD Worx Staffing & Career Solutions has existed. Step by step, we are moving toward a report that reflects the CSR efforts of SD Worx NV as a whole.
Here is an overview of some achievements – years-long traditions and new initiatives, both local and international – that we are very proud of.
Multiple sclerosis is an incurable, chronic inflammatory disease that affects the nervous system. For several years now, SD Worx has offered space for MS Liga Vlaanderen volunteers, and our colleagues help out in September by purchasing chocolate. In 2019, we raised €1,196.
In Flanders, 1 in 5 young people who have migrated to the region is unemployed. In Brussels, this figure is even higher. Those who are employed often have jobs that fail to match their capabilities, which often leads to dissatisfaction and eventual job loss. The SD Worx Fund started backing Rising You in 2019. This organisation guides young migrants towards challenging jobs that are tailored to their abilities.
Every year, many of us try to improve our health by promising to take up sports. It is a great idea, but wouldn’t it even better if we could help others at the same time? That is twice the incentive. Our German colleagues did not hesitate and launched Burn4Good. The idea is to register every exercise activity they do during the month and for every 1000 calories burned, €1 is donated to a good cause. The colleague who burns the most calories can pick which charity or non-profit receives the money.
In 2019, our German employees burned a total of 1,027,300 calories, good for €1,029 in donations to several good causes.
SD Worx UK & Ireland started this charity in 1997, and it is still managed by our British colleagues to this day. Over the past 20+ years, the Payback Foundation has helped over 700 children and their families and collected well over €700,000.
PayBack is funded entirely through voluntary donations and fundraising activities. Our colleagues don’t need much encouragement when it comes to supporting their local communities and are always coming up with new fundraising ideas.
Artificial intelligence, robotics and other digital innovations are reshaping our lives, both privately and at work. But today, companies still rarely provide the same smooth digital journeys at work that we enjoy in our leisure time.
As SD Worx, we want to be a frontrunner in this area and kicked off a transformation project in 2017. The aim: to make our company even more customer centric by rethinking the way we work together with our customers and with colleagues.
“Change is the new normal in this fast-moving digital world”, explains Cathy Geerts, chief HR officer at SD Worx People Solutions. “That has an impact on the way we work at SD Worx and the competencies we need. Relying on what you already know is no longer enough to stay relevant. Together with our employees, we focus on developing the right mindset and mastering 3 basic competencies:
SD Worx applies an inclusive recruitment policy. All forms of discrimination are prohibited. Every applicant undergoes the same assessment process, with capabilities and motivation as key criteria for employment decisions. When it comes to employing vulnerable people, our commitment is sincere and determined. As a signee of the Decent Work for All charter, together with 50 companies and employment organisations, we dedicate ourselves to paying more attention to disadvantaged groups. In this way, we work together at an industry level on inclusive recruitment policy to reflect societal diversity on the work floor.