Atos UK & Ireland Newsletter – Spring 2021
Our ambition to accelerate to net zero by 2028
The past year has been a difficult one for all, and with this in mind, I’d like to start by taking this opportunity to thank you for your continued service to your constituents throughout the pandemic.
Despite the challenges, as the number one IT company on the Dow Jones sustainability index and a leader in all-things green, Atos has brought forward our net zero commitment within our business to 2028– 22 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. This decision was made following the progress of our decarbonization endeavours so far, which have already materialized into a reduction of the Group’s global carbon emissions by 15% in 2020.
We recently discussed the wider net zero goal of the UK government ahead of COP26 with Andrew Griffith MP, UK Net Zero Business ChampionAnd with COP26 taking place in Glasgow this year, focus is higher than ever on how we work towards a decarbonized world.
This, our Parliamentary Newsletter, also highlights the fantastic work of our employees and partners during this extraordinary year, including:
- The launch of innovative decarbonized, secure, digital solutions with an investment in skills like Atos OneCloud
- Discussion of technological evolution and its effect on our society with leading politicos and policy influencers through our Digital Society Podcast
- Our growing support of at scale financial services with a new contract partnership to drive the digital transformation of Nest, the UK’s largest pension scheme
Other snapshots from our Bytes] detail how we enabled lockdown to work for our employees, our success in the latest Women in Tech Awards, recognition for our ANTZ mentor programme, and how we have contributed to NHS England’s national vaccination programme.
Atos has worked hard to support the delivery of critical services whilst at the same time keeping our people and their families safe during these difficult times. We look forward to the weeks and months ahead taking a turn for the better for all of us.
Clay Van Doren | CEO, Atos UK&I and Northern Europe
Dreaming of and delivering net zero – making decarbonization a reality
On Saturday 27th March, Atos UK&I SVP of Strategy and Communications Kulveer Ranger was joined by Andrew Griffith MP, the UK Government’s Net Zero Business Champion, for a lively panel event exploring the role of technology in accelerating the process of achieving net zero in the UK and globally. The event also featured Benedict McAleenan, Senior Adviser on Energy and Climate at Policy Exchange and Emma Gatten, Environment Editor at The Telegraph.
- COP26 and the role of technology: Mr Griffith outlined the steps that the UK Government is taking to meet its ambitious goals on net zero and decarbonization, as well as its key priorities as it gears up to host the COP26 Conference in Glasgow this November.
- Atos’ commitment to net zero by 2028: Kulveer reaffirmed Atos’ commitment to achieving net zero by 2028, calling for the spirit of collaboration between business and government that has present throughout the pandemic to be applied to the net zero challenge.
- The role of tech in visualising the climate challenge for business and consumers: “We must make sure we take everybody with us on this journey as we deliver net zero. That’s a role we at Atos would like to play”.
NEW: Tech Priorities the government needs to take seriously
Read Atos UK&I and Northern Europe CEO Clay Van Doren’s latest article on how the government’s ten tech priorities fit into the decarbonization agenda, and whether they go far enough- recently featured on TechRadarPro
NEW: Atos Digital Society Podcast series
The recently launched Atos Digital Society Podcast series brings together journalists, politicos and key policy influencers to explore the impact technological change is having in the UK and across the world.
So far, Atos’ Kulveer Ranger has been joined by guests including award-winning Times Columnist Rachel Sylvester, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans MP, and tech evangelist Dave Coplin. The podcast has received coverage in the Sunday Times and Sun on Sunday.
- Episode One with Rachel Sylvester: This episode explores how recent controversies around the use of new technologies and Covid-19 are changing policy makers attitudes to the use of tech. Listen here.
- Episode Two with Rt Hon Nigel Evans MP: This episode discusses how recent events have impacted Evans role as Deputy Speaker and the way in which Parliament and MPs have worked during the pandemic. Looking to the future, Nigel and Kulveer also discussed how the constraints of lockdown have changed our democracy and how digital is transforming the relationship between Government and the public. Listen here.
- Episode Three with Dave Coplin: In the podcast, Dave and Kulveer reflect on what the future of work might look like after restrictions are lifted, the effect of COVID-19 on our approach to work and the steps businesses and policymakers can take to equip people with the skills needed to be successful in the new working environment we are all facing. Listen here.
Kulveer Ranger, SVP Strategy & Communications Atos UK&I: “Technology has never been more influential, and this points to a need for a more engaging, strategic discussion around how it will shape the societies we live in. Through our Digital Society podcast we are providing a platform for key policy influencers, politicos, journalists, and business leaders to join the conversation and debate the challenges of the new digital world.”
Atos Launches Atos OneCloud
Accelerating digital transformation in a way that is secure and decarbonised
- As a global leader in digital transformation, we were delighted to launch Atos OneCloud, a €2bn, 5-year investment in jobs and skills.
- Atos OneCloud will allow businesses to unleash the vast potential of cloud, making them more agile, more mobile, more data driven and more customer centric.
- If you’d like to find out more, read Atos UK and Ireland and Northern Europe CEO, Clay Van Doren’s blog, which sets out how OneCloud will work for businesses of all sizes, as a key component in helping to build a decarbonized economic recovery
Clay Van Doren, Atos UK&I and Northern Europe CEO said: “The past year has been trying for our economy and society. However, with the UK’s roadmap to recovery becoming clearer we can see a positive future with increased use of technology at its heart. It is innovation like Atos OneCloud that will also help the economy not only build back better from the pandemic, but build back digital in a decarbonized, secure and skills-led way”.
Atos Digital Drop-in session: Cloud 101 – get a blue sky perspective on the technology that is changing the world!
As European number one in cloud, Atos has some of the very best cloud experts within our business. We are therefore delighted to be organising an Atos Digital Drop-in for anyone working in Westminster who wants to find out more about anything and everything cloud-related.
To register your interest for our Cloud 101 event taking place this May please contact the Atos Public Affairs team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proudly supporting Nest, the UK’s largest workplace pensions scheme
Nest, the workplace pension scheme set up by the UK Government, has awarded Atos a contract to design and build their digital future-focused scheme. Set up to facilitate auto-enrollment, Nest makes it easier for every employer to provide a workplace pension scheme.
This new ten-year partnership will see Nest transformed into a truly digital enterprise, tailored to meet the evolving requirements of its members. This digital transformation will drive engagement and service enhancements for Nest’s nine million members.
David Haley, SVP Global BTS, Head of FS&I Northern Europe:“This is a phenomenal win for Atos, leveraging the strategic capability of our pensions and administration Centre of Excellence in Scotland’s financial services district in Edinburgh. We are delighted to partner with Nest and build on our shared commitment to social value and inclusion.”
Atos hosts Virtual Kids Camp during lockdown
Atos Virtual Kids Camp was an initiative to give employees a break and keep locked-down children busy during the holidays. Hosted by volunteering colleagues, it included a virtual trip to the aquarium, Italian and Spanish lessons, storytelling, yoga and even a house scavenger hunt!
Atos awarded the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award at the Women in Tech Awards 2020
Atos won the award for its menopause campaign, launched in 2019, to create a framework which supports employees and raises awareness about menopause. The initiative has seen the introduction of a new policy, an ambassador network and the hosting of webinars, helping to educate the wider organisation and foster an inclusive environment in which colleagues can converse openly.
ANTZ mentor programme wins ICW Award for social impact
The Atos ANTZ Mentor Programme has been named winner in the Third Sector category at the latest Institute of Collaborative Working Awards. Atos partners with ANTZ and its network of charities to deliver mentoring to prison leavers and those hard to reach in the community – the programme has delivered £1.4m in savings to society since it began in 2015.
Atos supports NHS England’s national vaccination programme
In just 10 days, Atos successfully stood up a remote service desk to support the national vaccination programme. The desk comprises 36 agents and runs from 6am to 10pm providing the 20,000+ staff who are working on the vaccination programme with a single point of contact for all their IT and non-IT related queries.