In 2020, it is time to take a stand on responsibility. There is much more to CSR (corporate social responsibility) than recycling and public transport, while of course not forgetting them either. This week, we launched Anders’ new digital Sustainability Mission, a commitment to sustainable software development and holistic corporate responsibility.

What does Anders’ new mission mean and how did it come about?

Customers require their suppliers and partners to commit to the principles of sustainable development, and rightly so. Why not apply the principles of sustainable development to digitalization? We want to do our bit in software development. Digital Sustainability in software development means less redundant code, more reusability, and more accurate business solutions.

What is sustainable software development?

For Anders, the Digital Sustainability theme covers both our way of working and our values. Software development without digital vision creates digital waste. Digital waste stands for unnecessary code and overlapping systems – wastage occurs when the software is developed without understanding the current state of the system, its goals or its future needs. With a clear digital vision, working with agile design is sustainable software development at its best. Read more about our solution. 

Before the first line of code is written, plans for future architecture and service design need to be sufficiently clear. Agile does not mean jumping straight into the deep end of sprints without knowing exactly what is expected of the software.

Effective digital discovery will determine the purpose and current state of existing systems, as it is not always justified to wipe the desk clean and start from scratch. By evaluating a company’s existing data streams and architecture, their functions can also be used to create completely new and innovative services.

Open source is a great example of sustainable software development, for what could be more practical than being able to reuse already written code? The open source community is constantly developing code, which minimizes software errors and maximizes security. The biggest cities of Finland have already gratifyingly realized the importance of openness. For example, we have been able to duplicate many of the City of Helsinki’s systems in a cost-effective manner using open source code for other cities.

Digital Sustainability and Responsible Business

We want to be involved in developing responsible businesses and a better world. What really is corporate social responsibility? Increasing our own responsibility will be one of the main focuses of our corporate strategy (you’ll hear more about this soon), but already we can name a number of successful responsible actions that we perform daily.

Naturally, we are already taking care of recycling the garbage, and in addition, we offer the benefit of public transportation and utilize recycled materials (Thanks Pure Waste!) in our Anders clothing.

We invest in well-being at work, offer sports and cultural benefits to our employees, and organize various sports days. The Helsinki office gave up the soft drinks bottles and replaced them with a carbonator that serves the same purpose, but with a much smaller carbon footprint. Small streams make big rivers!

In addition to this, we have created a family-friendly work environment; for example by providing flexible working hours and remote working possibilities. We have also organized popular children’s evenings with changing themes.

When it comes to responsibility, according to the latest occupational wellbeing survey, 91% of our employees thought Anders has treated its employees equally and fairly. We co-operate with different academic communities and want to support both students’ professional and working skills by providing occupational training.

Anders mission

Our service offering starts from analyzing our customer’s current digital state, capabilities, opportunities and goals. By clarifying out the digital vision, we ensure that our customers are heading in the right direction and making sure that we are working in consensus towards their digital goal.

Last year, we built a DevOps operating model to our own needs that we have successfully productized for our customers. Quick deployment responds to rapidly changing needs and automated processes improve performance. Our DevOps team’s satisfied customers include for example City of Helsinki and Visma.

Anders’ positive organizational culture is one of our strengths and our commitment to our employees is reflected positively in our customer service. We want the most satisfied customers in Finland!

If you want to discuss more about sustainability and hear our thoughts on digital sustainability, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to discuss more!

No more digital waste!

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