Guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We know that learning happens everywhere. That is why we get involved – locally and regionally, during school, work, and leisure time. We take initiative where it allows us to have direct and immediate impact guided by the Sustainable Development Goals.
Our sustainability efforts can be broken down into initiatives, which together build a bridge between our core business, carbon footprint, software development and the 2030 sustainability agenda. We also have an environmental policy to guide our work.
We seek to engage with the SDGs where we can make a difference— with school managers, teachers, students and parents. Our work with education and technology is guided by our vision to create the best opportunities for everyone to learn more.
Here Goal 4: Quality Education and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities speak to our core solutions for better school administration, effective planning of the school year and communication between home and school.
By mapping how our products contribute to relevant SDGs we ensure that we are helping our users shape more sustainable digital learning environments through our solutions.
We take responsibility for minimizing our environmental impact and we want to become as close to carbon neutral as possible in 2021. This is achieved by measuring our carbon footprint, reducing our emissions where we can and offsetting the rest.
We’re aiming to reduce our offices’ environmental impact through several initiatives. We’re switching to renewable energy, setting up charging stations for electric cars and working with recycling. Our next step is to adopt the ISO 14001 environmental management system to ensure that we systematically and continuously improve our work with environmental sustainability.
It’s important for us that our suppliers also take responsibility. Therefore, all of our data centers run on renewable energy. Our data storage provider Interxion also uses cold water to circulate between two large underground reservoirs to cool down the center, meaning the data center saves 1 233 MWh annually. Together with our data storage provider we contribute to meeting the SDGs including Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 13: Climate Action.
With increased digitalization in the education sector, there is a growing responsibility to address information security and data privacy within schools. We always aim to provide tools that enable a digitally secure school, contributing to SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Enabling our users to operate in a digitally secure way starts with our own internal processes. With an ISO 27001 certification, our information security management system ensures that we follow up on our commitment to securely handle and protect personal information within our organisation and among our providers. We seek to identify and mitigate potential risks and ensure that we have the capabilities in place needed to address issues at hand. With our main data center provider classified as tier III out of four levels, we can ensure our data storage is secure, stable and stays within the EU.
Through controlled information sharing of school-related data, we connect stakeholders within the digital ecosystems of schools. It’s easier to make relevant data available and control who has access to the information. Municipalities can access information at a municipal level, increasing transparency of reliable school statistics. Teachers, parents and students can access school-related services and systems through a secure login via SchoolID. With smart tools for digital school forms and photos, parents can give consent to handling of their child’s personal information in accordance with GDPR. We aim to work together with our customers to provide digital tools that continue to be secure and safe to use for all within schools.
As a leading edtech company, we strive to promote digitally inclusive learning environments. This includes developing products that are accessible to all. By living up to the new European accessibility directive (EU 2016/2102) we ensure that we can reach the 1 out of 5 users that has a disability.
Among other features, we provide captions on our videos, combine colour with text to display information and support tools such as screen readers. Here Goal 4: Quality Education is promoted by offering equal opportunities for diverse users within schools and Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure by increasing access to information and communications technology.
We also strive to make innovation a habit. So-called Lab Days and Mod Squads are two team activities where people can work with innovation and new ideas in a structured way. During Lab Days our developers get the chance to step out of their everyday tasks and focus working on a project of their choice. Whereas a Mod Squad consists of a cross-functional team that works on a time-frame project with a focus on one goal. Ideas originated from these sessions are already used in IST products today.
A healthy and inclusive work environment is essential. Our company values support an honest, professional, creative and resourceful culture, allowing us to continue to grow by learning from our mistakes and each other. To make sure that we focus on this continually we have a group called “the Ambassadors.” This group implements initiatives throughout the entire organization in order to create a healthy culture and work environment based on our company values.
Our shared IST management system also enables us to work strategically with the SDGs to set new business goals and measure our progress. We thereby commit to assessing how our economic growth effects people and the planet, supporting Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
We put words into actions! The foundation for our sustainability efforts rests on the awareness and inclusion of all coworkers taking initiatives around the office. Therefore, we have a corporate expert group focusing on sustainability. They are spreading awareness about the sustainable development agenda and how we can act upon that for a more sustainable IST.
We seek to encourage more youth to become passionate about IT. Through our collaboration with Centrumskolan in Sweden we have hosted workshops that teach young students, girls in particular, how to code and aim to inspire them to see the many opportunities there are within web programming.
In addition we also provide the opportunity for students to become interns in our development departments for a couple of weeks at a time or as a part of their vocational training in order to get a feeling for what it is like to work with programming.
These initiatives relate directly to Goal 4: Quality Education by equipping youth with information and technology skills and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals, through participating in meaningful partnerships with schools.
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After a lengthy process and several audits, it’s been confirmed – we’re ISO 9001 certified! All of IST’s nine offices in all four local markets are included in the certification, meaning we can now prove we deliver consistent quality to our users. ISO 9001 is an international standard for quality management systems that provides the […]
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 […]
Following our commitment to become a more sustainable edtech provider, we’re putting extra attention to sustainability and environmental awareness this week. Every week is a sustainability week. But due to the global Earth Hour on Saturday, we’re during these days putting extra attention to sustainable initiatives. We want to spread awareness about sustainability both internally among […]
Our data centers do not only meet the highest security requirements. They also run on 100% renewable energy. With an innovative server cooling, the energy consumption is reduced by 1,200 MWh per year (which would have corresponded to 66 passenger cars’ CO2 emissions for one year!). We put extremely high demands on our data centers […]
From September 2020, a new European accessibility directive must be followed. The law is set to increase the digital accessibility for all users. Public webpages and applications from governments, municipalities and suppliers of public services are affected by the law. According to statistics, around 10-20% of users have some form of disability. Simple changes in apps or […]