Communication on Progress

Participant
Published
  • 2014/06/24
Time period
  • June 2013  –  June 2014
Format
  • Stand alone document – Basic COP Template
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Active level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
 
  • Statement of continued support by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Statement of the company's chief executive (CEO or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.

  • 20.06.2014

    To all our stakeholders,

    I am pleased to confirm that Computomics supports the ten principles of the Global Compact with respect to human rights, labour, environment and anti- corruption. With this communication, we express our intent to advance those principles within our sphere of influence. We are committed to making the Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of Computomics, and to engaging in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Millennium Development Goals. Computomics will make a clear statement of this commitment to our stakeholders and the general public.

    We recognize that a key requirement for participation in the Global Compact is the annual submission of a Communication on Progress (COP) that describes our company’s efforts to implement the ten principles. We support public accountability and transparency, and therefore commit to report on progress within one year of joining the Global Compact, and annually thereafter according to the Global Compact COP policy.

    Sincerely yours,

    Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss
    Managing Director

Human Rights
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of human rights for the company (i.e. human rights risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on Human Rights.

  • Computomics’ goal is to confirm to our employees and our business partners that we support and respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement Human Rights policies, address Human Rights risks and respond to Human Rights violations.

  • We published the Universal Declaration of Human Rights within our office to all employees. New employees are informed about our commitment and are asked to adhere to the same standards.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • With the publication of our commitment internally as well as externally to new employees and partners, we encourage employees and partners to report back if they suspect any wrongdoing with regards to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Labour
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of labour rights for the company (i.e. labour rights-related risks and opportunities). Description of written policies, public commitments and company goals on labour rights.

  • Computomics fully supports and adheres to the fundamental principles and rights at work which have been outlined by the ILO Core Conventions in 1998.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • Being a bioinformatics software company, it is in our interest to reduce labour risk and to improve employee’s health as our employees mainly work in front of a computer.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • Each employee as well as our freelancers working in our offices have been equipped with a special ergonomic seat preventing back pain. Furthermore, each workstation has been equipped with a 30 inch high-resolution low-glare flat screen, reducing strain on the eyes while working at the computer.

Environment
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of environmental protection for the company (i.e. environmental risks and opportunities). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on environmental protection.

  • Computomics is a bioinformatics software company. We thrive to increase environmental awareness with our employees and encourage them to adhere to environmental standards.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • Environmental office management includes the idea of
    a) a paperless office achieved by encouraging suppliers to send invoices and deliveries electronically, by avoiding most printouts, and the use of email wherever possible
    b) usage of recyclable packaging for drinks
    c) collective purchase ordering in order to allow for one time delivery
    d) using highly energy efficient mobile computers for work
    e) allowing employees to work from home thus reducing CO2

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates environmental performance.

  • 1. The filing of business related correspondence is stored on computers and not printed. Our usage of paper is minimal and will be measured in the course of the coming years.
    2. We offer our employees only drinks in packaging which can be recycled.
    3. Purchasing items are collected into bulk orders before these are ordered and delivered.
    4. Freelancers as well as our own employees tend to work at least one day a month from home (freelancers have a higher ratio).

Anti-Corruption
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of anti-corruption for the company (i.e. anti-corruption risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on anti-corruption.

  • Computomics supports the UNGC principles on anti-corruption. We work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • We communicate and train all employees with regards to the anti-corruption commitment.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates anti-corruption performance.

  • Being a relatively young company, the management team itself is currently responsible for implementing the anti-corruption policy and for adhering to it.
    Internally, transactions are checked by the management team, the office management as well as an external tax accountant.