Our CSR Statement
Buy Less. Choose Well. Make it Last.
At SMART4Solutions we develop software according to the software-for-life principle. Our software is suitable for continued use in the long term. Without harmful impact on the environment, because we take energy consumption into account when developing our software. As far as we are concerned, this conscious consideration for the future goes beyond our software. It starts in the here and now, with the choices we make as a company. In our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) statement you can read how, in addition to healthy business operations, we strive to have a good impact on people and the environment.
Continuous improvement instead of profit maximization
Healthy operations are important for the continuity of our company and for the continuity of our customers. That is why we continuously look to improve our organization. And we don’t mean improvements that lead to higher returns, but improvements that contribute to long-term customer relations, a high level of employee satisfaction and a sustainable impact on the world around us.
A corporate culture that cares for our culture, nature, employees and partners
Certainly as the Oracle APEX Family, we believe we have a responsibility to leave the world well for future generations. Therefore, we regularly take a critical look at our policies and look for opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment.
Motivated employees are the engine of our thriving business. Within a company of our size, employees have a lot of responsibility. Every employee contributes to the growth of our company with his or her own qualities and characteristics. We are therefore careful with our employees. Some examples of how we take care of our employees:
▪ Ergonomic office furniture
It goes without saying that working conditions should be in order. All our office furniture has been replaced by even better ergonomic furniture. This ensures a better work posture and fewer health complaints. We are proud to have an absenteeism rate of less than 1%.
▪ Stimulation of healthy living
For a vital team, health is an important theme. For example, we have fresh fruit for our employees every day and offer the opportunity to have a healthy lunch together in the canteen. To take a break from work, there is room for relaxation with regular walks in the breaks or playing an active virtual reality game 😉
▪ Discussions about ambitions and development
We offer employees room to work on their personal development. The parent company facilitates the development of employees (to specialist or manager). Within SMART4Solutions we have a digital learning environment which employees can use. In addition, each year we look at a meaningful use of the total training budget. Who needs what? And what does any training contribute to someone’s performance within our organization?
▪ Opportunity to work from home
At SMART4Solutions, it is possible to work from any location: at the customer’s premises, at home or in the office. This possibility of working from home has led to a better balance between work and private life for a number of employees. An additional effect is that the number of car trips is reduced, which benefits the environment.
▪ Diversity program
Everyone with the right DNA is welcome in our Oracle APEX family! When recruiting new ‘family members’, we look primarily at what a potential candidate can add to our team with soft skills. We also think it is important to contribute to personal and professional development. That’s why we invest time, energy and resources in mentoring interns every year. Is there a request for work experience from someone with a distance to the labor market? Then we are open to it.
▪ Lease car and commuting policy
Our employees will drive only in leased cars that are energy efficient or hybrid. We also encourage the use of public transport or bicycles. For example, one of our newer employees received a public transport pass instead of a commuting allowance. There are also initiatives from the employees themselves. One example is carpooling to customers and even to and from home.
▪ Paperless work and online meetings
In our business operations we are looking for ways to protect the environment. We work a lot digitally, so that we only have one printer in the office. Processes such as payroll, submitting claims and invoicing all take place digitally. In addition, meetings can take place remotely via Skype or Microsoft Teams. We notice that even with customers we are increasingly consulting in this way.
▪ Energy saving with smart software
In all the applications that we develop for ourselves and our clients, we are constantly working to sustainably improve functionalities. By programming smartly, we ensure that functionalities are improved without increasing the size of the application. This not only saves money because we have to host less data, it also saves energy.
▪ Stimulating the local economy
We stimulate the local economy. For example, we buy groceries for the canteen from local entrepreneurs. We organize team outings or staff parties at an organization in our neighborhood. Not only good for the local economy, but also good for the environment.