At Netcompany-Intrasoft, we generate economic, social and environmental impact through our activities and operations. Aiming to achieve overall sustainable development, we recognise the significance of managing this impact responsibly. For us, this is primarily achieved through engaging and sharing our knowledge and expertise with society.
Further to our responsible management of the impact we create, as demonstrated in other sections of this report, we additionally design and support community-led projects aimed to promote social inclusion and explore new innovative ways of creating shared value in building strong, sustainable societes. An essential part of this process is the active engagement with and involvement of the local communities within which we operate in, making measurable contributions and adding value to them. In this context, we promote the values of inclusion, participation and propsperity. We support wide-reaching initiatives and projects surrounding employee well-being, education, youth support and the environment that contribute to cultural and social growth.
The key pillars of our contribution are as follows:
Our people’s well-being
Employee well-being is crucial. We promote a work culture of wellness and well-being. We actively support sports and promote an active and healthy lifestyle, aiming to overcome the health concerns associated with modern living.
We support society through initiatives and actions that improve the quality of education and foster career development. We share our knowledge, educate and develop upcoming IT professionals, as the future technology landscape is in their hands.
We aim to build a more equitable, healthy and inclusive society by providing a series of actions, such as socially conscious investments, charitable giving and community volunteering. We believe that technology and increased digitisation play a key role in sustaining future growth and prosperity in society.
Contribution to the environment
We constantly strive to contribute to a more sustainable future by finding ways to ensure that our digital solutions and daily operations have the least possible impact on the environment.
Our Performance in 2021
We aspire to empower local communities through the provision of financial resources, as well as in-kind support and volunteering activities. Thus, we closely monitor our performance to observe the impact of our actions in the societies within which we operate. In 2021, more than 550 contributors participated in our CSR actions, while since 2019, we have been consistently making meaningful contributions by participating in 79 social activities.
Our people’s well-being
For us, promoting well-being is essential for ensuring a healthy and sustainable workforce. Our actions are designed upon the premise that individuals have the ability to adopt a healthy lifestyle when supported by a conducive workplace environment that promotes a culture of well-being encompassing diet, healthy habits, and physical and mental health. We consistently and continuously support our employees who actively engage in volunteering activities, particularly those who demonstrate an undeniable passion for sport, such as participating in marathons to raise funds for vulnerable communities.
Virtual wellness sessions
In 2021, we continued hosting virtual wellness sessions aimed at boosting employee well-being and engagement. Short stretching breaks such as chair corporate massages, home ergonomics and chair Yoga sessions were some of the activities held during the lockdown and kept us motivated, organised and productive.
Wellness Week: Vitamin-I
As the COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed during the latter part of 2021, we organised some in-person wellness sessions for our people during our Wellness Week (with pilates, chair massages, ping-pong, and fresh fruit).
Training and development
In 2021, we continued to support our employees’ growth and professional development by covering the costs of job-related certifications and trainings and by providing access to more than 5,000 technical online courses through our Learning Management System (LMS) supported by SAP-SuccessFactors. However, our focus on training and development does not stop at an internal level. In 2021 we maintained our focus on the first grade-aged children of our employees, aiming to support their first steps in education by providing school gifts at the beginning of the school year.
To demonstrate the significance of our employees, we had the pleasure of signing the “Diversity Charter” in Greece in July 2021, a European Commission initiative aimed at raising awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion in business and in society throughout the entire European Union.
During the Christmas period, we continued with our tradition of hosting our annual Christmas bazaars and our Christmas party to celebrate this festive time with our people in the safest possible way, abiding by all relevant guidelines.
Further to our focus on developing and retaining a wellness culture amongst our people and taking into consideration that sport activities boost morale and improve culture and team-building in the workplace, we formed our basketball teams in Athens (2018) and Thessaloniki (2019). Team members participate in the national corporate basketball championships both locally and throughout Greece, thus stressing how important teamwork and team spirit are in achieving goals.
Our football team was formed in 2013 and successfully participates in the Greek Corporate Football Championship. In addition to their weekly games, team members get together on a weekly basis to practice and other outdoor activities, such as hiking and running, boosting employee engagement and team building.
Owing to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2021, we missed out on the opportunity to spend quality time with one another in person. Nevertheless, this did not crush our team spirit. In 2021 we organised a number of internal virtual team-building activities that were attended by 200 employees to further empower our team spirit and nurture the culture of our people.
We are a recognised leader in the IT sector for our cutting-edge new technology services and solutions. Our focus on the young generation is high on our priority list. It is part of our value creation agenda to disseminate our knowledge and experience to students during all stages of their educational career (primary, high school, university). This gives them a very realistic glimpse of the corporate world, helping them to integrate into the workforce.
I Love Coding
Children and students’ development are amongst our main CSR priorities. As such, the Company endeavours to engage with the diversity of young talents, helping students to grow and lead change. Throughout the past three years and continuing during 2021, our esteemed software engineers visited IM Panagiotopoulos’ primary school students where they had the chance to teach Python programming fundamentals to 11-year-olds.
University of Patras – QA Activities
In April 2021, we virtually participated in a course on the EFQM Excellence Model at the University of Patras and had the chance to share our insights and experience in the tech field, contributing to our vision of supporting society through education.
With the goal of bringing students from electrical and computer engineering departments together, as well as similar disciplines, to inform them about the latest technological developments and market challenges and to exchange knowledge and ideas, we participated in the 12th SFHMMY student conference in April 2021 as sponsors and educators. Organised by the students of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the conference covered a variety of scientific subjects such as AI & data analysis, bioengineering, USA autonomous and electric vehicles, quantum technology and aerospace. As part of the conference, we additionally participated in the Career@SFHMMY event where we had the chance to provide consultation to students on various career subjects.
First Lego League of Greece
FIRST® LEGO® League guides youth through STEM learning and exploration. From discovery, to exploration and then to challenge, students understand the basics of STEM and showcase their skills in an exciting competition, while building habits of learning, confidence and teamwork skills along the way. In June 2021, eduACT, the FIRST® LEGO® League Operational Partner in Greece, hosted the FIRST LEGO League Virtual Open with 200 teams from all over the world under hybrid conditions. The goal was to celebrate STEM and robotics, and combine ancient civilisation with technology and innovation – a celebration that coincided with the 200 years of Greek Independence. We sponsored the event and some of our colleagues were among the teams’ evaluators who contributed to determining the winning team.
In October 2021, we supported the iGEM (Internationally Genetically Engineered Machine) NOUS team that consisted of 11 Greek university students from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Democritus University of Thrace, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of Thessaly who participated in the iGEM competition 2021. iGEM is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology through educational programmes and competitions. The main programme of iGEM is its competition, an annual event that includes participants from all over the world willing to compete against each other and make advancements in many scientific fields based on synthetic biology.
In 2021, we organised online sessions for university students, where our software engineers had the chance to share their insights and expertise on back-end development and microservices and acquaint the students with our products.
“A journey to knowledge for islands and frontier regions of Greece”
In 2021, we cooperated with the NGO Melathron and donated technical hardware (desktops, laptops, printers) to primary schools in Leros and Lesvos.
In 2021, we participated in the “TechTalks for students” action in collaboration with the TTP (The Tipping Point), an NGO that links high school students with companies and offers them the opportunity to interact and learn. We organised 10 virtual group sessions focused on software development, HR and marketing topics. We had the chance to interact with secondary school students from various regions, aiming to inform them about the IT industry, basic programming skills and the major soft skills, helping them to discover their career path. In total, 11 mentors from our Company had the pleasure to interact with 187 students.
In 2021, we welcomed students from Greek universities in a unique virtual tour regarding our services and products. We invited more than 200 students and teachers to a digital tour at our premises, where our representatives presented and analysed the Company’s activities.
Since 2018, we have been sponsoring CTY Greece Anatolia College, supporting a programme that offers students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to develop their love of learning. We have been offering a full scholarship to a student throughout their entire high school years. As of 2020, we have been cooperating with “ExcellenSeas by Pastra Cretonaxiosa” to support their ExcellenSeas Programme on providing a grant scholarship to a young student. This continued in 2021.
New hires – more women in IT
Supporting talented people is a top priority for us. As such, we have been engaging in a number of initiatives to attract more women to the IT industry. It is worth mentioning that 34% of our employees are women, and we aim to continue to improve upon this percentage. In 2021, the percentage of women hired was 36%, 11% higher compared to 25% in 2020. This will remain a strategic pillar for 2022, therefore a set of dedicated new initiatives is being developed to support it.
We surmise that technology has the ability to significantly contribute to notions of social prosperity, inclusion and accessibility. By offering our effort, manpower and services, without expecting anything in return, we express our commitment to and support for specific social causes. We practice social responsibility by donating money and products and/or services to social causes and non-profit organisations. We additionally place particular emphasis on activities designed to support individuals with physical and mental disabilities.
As part of our Wellness Week events, we offer our people the opportunity to participate in blood donation, a generous and selfless act in the form of a commitment to helping others. Thanks to their participation, we have managed to collect 63 blood units for our Company’s blood bank that is accessible by all our people.
Spread the Joy, Give a Toy week
In December 2021, we spread joy and demonstrated the importance of creating value for society by donating toys and books to children. Our “Spread the Joy, Give a Toy” initiative took place in the first week of December where our people donated gifts that we gathered at our warehouse. A significant number of toys were collected and donated to The Smile of the Child NGO to support children in need.
The Smile of the Child
Since December 2019, we have been visiting The Smile of the Child houses in Athens and Aigio. We participated in the Christmas decorations with the children and gave them the gifts we collected from our Spread the Joy, Give a Toy initiative.
In 2021, we supported a 9-year-old boy’s participation in a series of tennis contests, highlighting our commitment to supporting the young generation.
Running for charity
Throughout 2021, our people participated in a number of running events with the purpose of making charitable donations to various organisations, supporting a plethora of causes. Namely, we are proud to announce that our employees participated in the Athens Authentic Marathon to raise money for the NGO Merimna, the Relais Pour La Vie relay race to support those with cancer in Luxembourg, the No Finish Line to donate sponsorships to “Together for the Children” and Pink the City Patras to support Alma Zois Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer.
Contribution to the environment
At Netcompany-Intrasoft, we continuously investigate new and greener solutions that can reduce our environmental impact. We put specific effort into overcoming an array of environmental issues, thus contributing towards overall sustainable development.
In 2021, we continued our tree-planting activities in the Attica region in Athens, Greece. Our people joined forces, and with the valuable guidance of the We4All NGO, managed to plant 200 new trees. What made this day truly special was the passion and team spirit all 40 of our participants showed at the prospect of a more sustainable future. This initiative is much more than just a simple CSR activity. We are constantly striving to contribute to a more sustainable future for our planet and committed to minimising our environmental footprint.
Say goodbye to plastic
2020 signified the beginning of our plastic- free era and this continued during 2021. All single-use plastics in our kitchens were replaced by new eco-friendly, biodegradable stirrers, cups and straws, as well as reusable spoons. “Say goodbye to plastic” magnets were placed on all fridges and a modern, high-quality beverage bottle was waiting for every employee at our receptions. We are constantly striving to create a sustainable future and committed to minimising our carbon footprint. With the support of our core source of power, our people, great things can be achieved. We said goodbye to plastic once and for all!
Recycling and Together for Children
In 2021, we cooperated with Rewarding Packaging Recycling, aiming to recycle and contribute to the organisation’s recycling programme in support of the NGO Together for Children.
Environmental awareness trainings
Staying true to our vision of creating value for all, including the environment, throughout 2021 our people were given the chance to participate in our environmental awareness trainings. Through these trainings, our employees were given the opportunity to enhance the way in which they address environmental sustainability, both at a personal and at a company- wide level.
Our targets for 2022 and onwards
Target 1: Increase our overall total social contribution by 20% (in the form of sponsorships and actions) Target 2: Set quantitative targets for implementing actions with social character
Target 2: Set Quantitative targets for implementing action with social character.