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Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Published 24 March 2021

Following our Earth Week initiative, we want to spread awareness about how our products and solutions contribute to sustainability according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Our products contribute to well-being and sustainability on several levels, both for the planet and for our user groups.

“Sometimes it feels overwhelming to think of the huge challenges that we stand in front of regarding our planet. Climate changes, poverty etc. Technology is predicted to be the solution to many of the challenges addressed in UNs sustainability goals- whether its food production, energy, transportation or education”, says Tove Torstensson, Head of Business Region Norway.  

” I feel so lucky to be able to contribute to the one that I think is the most important one, Nr 4, creating Quality education for everyone. Education is the key to reach all the other goals. In that sense, our vision, mission and our values are closely connected to the sustainability goals. Together with our customers, users and the rest of the edtech industry, we can contribute with developing innovative solutions for a better world.”

Parent and students of primary school are walking hand in hand.

Sustainable Initiatives that make an Impact

Here you’ll find a few examples on how our initiatives make an impact for sustainability. We’ve also stated how they contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, both to reduce our climate footprint but also enabling valuable and secure learning opportunities for everyone.

1.    100% renewable energy in our data centers

Our cloud-based solutions enable us to help reduce the overall material footprint among our customers and users. Since all our data centers run on 100% renewable energy, we make sure that our data storage is in line with our ambitious sustainability goals aiming to minimize our climate impact.
Contributing to the SDG target 12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

2.    Transparent and accountable use of data

Our solution EduCloud for controlled management of data allows for secure and simplified sharing of school data between different stakeholders. While several systems integrate and share data, the data owner gets a controlled and simplified overview and documentation, in accordance with GDPR.

Contributes to the SDG target 16.6: Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

3.    Digital forms minimize the climate footprint

To handle parental approvals digitally with IST Forms saves paper and minimizes the climate footprint of our customers. This solution also protects the data privacy rights of children, ensuring that the proper approval is collected from their parents. Examples of digital forms could be the distribution of school photos, information about allergies, holiday forms or other information. A simpler and safer process for everyone involved!
Contributes to the SDG target 12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources. 

4.    Enabling accessible learning opportunities for all

Our learning platform Schoolido explains subjects in a simple and pedagogic way through text, pictures, videos, illustrations, tasks, exercises and quizzes. Every student can access information in an adapted and preferred way, and the multimodal content simplifies learning also for students with disabilities. The learning platform supports the teacher / student collaboration and makes it easier for parents to help students based on the curriculum requirements.

Contributes both to the SDG target 4.4: By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship and to the SDG target 10.3: Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard.

These are 4 concrete examples on how we contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about our sustainable initiatives taken.