Atos Parliamentary Newsletter

Autumn 2021

Atos Parliamentary Newsletter – Autumn 2021

Tech industry is critical to achieving our COP26 targets

I was delighted to be in Glasgow last week and be making the case about how technology can be a key enabler for decarbonizing supply chains, services and future innovations to help create a more sustainable and decarbonized future for all.

Having committed to net zero by 2028 and by making significant investments in digital technologies to support the fight against climate change, Atos is leading the charge to help governments and businesses accelerate their progress towards net zero through both practical solutions now, and R&D investment for the long-term. We are number one ranked in the IT services sector by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, a proud signatory of the Climate Pledge and part of the UN initiative, Race to Zero, working in partnership to accelerate decarbonization. It was good to also be interviewed by Ian King on Sky News while in Glasgow to make the case for how much the tech sector is doing and can do going forward, which is why I am proud we were present and active at COP26.

In addition to Atos’ COP26 activity, elsewhere in this edition we feature:

Recent parliamentary engagement including Atos party conferences fringes and our reception for MP researchers

Our new opinion paper, Digital Vision: Digital Banking launched during the political conferences

Outcomes from Atos’ successful partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The latest episodes in our popular Digital Society Podcast, including with Sunday Times Science Editor, Ben Spencer

Atos Bytes: Our round-up of key business news, including our celebration of Black History Month; EcoVadis “Platinum” award for commitment to sustainability; and our ongoing work supporting the Nightingale courts

For Atos, providing our customers with secure, decarbonized digital solutions is a 365-days-a-week, 24/7 mission. We are committed to doing all we can to be a net zero business by 2028 and working with all our partners to embed sustainability for the long-term.

Clay Van Doren
CEO, Atos UK&I & Northern Europe

COP26 and tech decarbonization: Setting the agenda for a net zero future

Global leaders gathered in Glasgow over the past two weeks for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26. Read on for more on our presence at the conference and find out about all we are doing to combat climate change.

Atos showcases new apps and platforms powering decarbonization

Atos took part in the DEFRA Tech for Climate Action event in Glasgow, where delegates attended the sustainably built and designed Atos stand. Part of our Secure, Decarbonized Digital campaign, the stand showcased of some of the technologies and services developed by Atos which enable organizations to reduce their environmental impact.

Terra² – an app which uses sensor data and satellite imagery to provide insights into the impacts of urbanization, evidence of deforestation, and air/water quality.

MyCO2Compass – a data tool for organizations to precisely track and cut carbon footprints.

VivaCité – putting data into the hands of householders to make sustainable everyday choices.

Our voice heard at major climate change debate

In addition to showcasing these exciting new technologies, Atos’ COP26 Lead, Nourdine Bihmane, joined international business leaders at a panel organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Here Nourdine made the case for digital not only as an enabler of the transition to net zero but as a key accelerator in this process.

New EcoAct report highlights need for clear leadership on climate reporting

EcoAct, an Atos company, has published the latest in its series of annual reports assessing the climate reporting performance of the FTSE 100, Euro STOXX 50 and DOW 30. The report, which includes a leader board ranking the top 20 companies for climate disclosure, noted that almost two thirds of companies (65%) are now committed to net zero.

However, the report found that just 19% of companies within the research group have long-term emissions reduction targets to meet net zero goals and only 2% have a long-term emissions reduction target aligned with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, with most having no provision for sequestration.

Download the report here.

Read more: our COP26 thought leadership

Our Digital Vision: COP26 paper examines the pivotal role of digital in making net-zero a reality. This brings together contributions from policy makes, trade bodies and key Atos clients to highlight the vital role of digital in enabling the delivery of net zero.

To find out more please visit the Digital Vision website or contact the team at atosdigitalvisions@atos.net.

Alongside this, an article from Atos UK and Northern Europe CEO Clay Van Doren – ‘Green Cloud: How collaboration is unlocking the green potential of cloud computing’ – has been published in techUK’s latest report, Climate Tech: The Innovators, launched at the organisation’s COP26 Reception in Glasgow.

Kulveer Ranger, Senior Vice President of Atos UK & Ireland and techUK board member, said: “Businesses are signing up to the Government’s Race to Zero, but many need support in understanding where to start and how to manage their decarbonization journey. Society is demanding this change, and the private and public sectors have a role to play in being transformation leaders.

“We have the technology to meet this challenge. We have not just the data, but the analytics. We have not just the computing power, but the super computers which are by design sustainable. The tools and the opportunity for change have been here for some time – we now need to grasp them with both hands and make the 2020s the decade we used technology for the good of our planet.”

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Putting digital at the heart of the political debate

Atos hosted two fringe events at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, bringing together Government ministers and stakeholders for informed discussion on two key policy challenges.

The first event saw an expert panel explore the role of technology in accelerating progress towards achieving net zero. We were joined by Greg Hands, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth and Andrew Griffith, the Government’s Net Zero Business Champion, for a lively discussion on the action needed to accelerate decarbonization across the economy. Andrew highlighted the work of “fantastic businesses” like Atos in playing a leading role to achieve net zero targets.

At the second event, our panel analysed the impact of digital banking on consumers. The pandemic has triggered an acceleration of digital banking trends, with half of global consumers now interacting with their bank through a mobile app or website at least once a week. This is something Atos looks at in greater depth in our Digital Vision: Digital Banking report, which was launched at the conference. John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, who was part of our panel, reflected on how banks must get the balance right on their digital offer to consumers, ensuring that no one is left behind.

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New Atos opinion paper, Digital Vision: Digital Banking – smarter, greener and safer banking

A new global opinion paper by Atos reveals that banks are rapidly accelerating their shift to digital channels as they seek to reinvent their business models in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Digital Vision: Digital Banking explores how digital enablers can help meet the demands of a changing banking landscape. It examines opportunities for banks to deliver standout customer experiences and operate as agile, optimized, and secure digital businesses.

Adrian Gregory, Head of UK & IrelandAdrian Gregory, Global Head of Financial Services & Insurance, said: “Digital disruption is not new to the banking industry: technologies advance and hungry market entrants are emerging all the time. What has changed, however, is the massively accelerated shift to digital channels as a result of Covid-19. Atos is working with our banking customers and global partners to help navigate and accelerate business and digital transformation to deliver banks’ priorities and ambitions.”

Read the press release and opinion paper to learn more.

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Atos meets MPs’ Researchers at Reception in Westminster

On 9 September Atos brought together MPs’ researchers for an evening reception held in Westminster. This is a popular and well established Atos event, now in its sixth year, with over 50 researchers joining for networking and an opportunity to hear about our latest work including our Digital Vision: Cloud paper.

Kulveer Ranger, Global Head, Strategy & Communications for Financial Services & Insurance, and SVP Strategy & Communications for UK&I (pictured far right) said: MPs’ staff kept Westminster running throughout the pandemic and it was great to see so many join us once again for a really enjoyable evening. It was an excellent opportunity to spread the word about our Digital Society Podcast series, our successful partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and our sector-leading decarbonization work.”

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Atos successfully delivered critical, decarbonized IT solutions for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the most digitally connected Olympic Games in history

Atos provided critical digital solutions to Tokyo 2020, including Games Management Systems supporting the planning and operations of the Olympic Games and Information Diffusion Systems delivering real-time results to the media and the Olympic family.

Atos also secured the entire IT infrastructure, leveraging its expertise in digital cybersecurity and as number #2 managed services provider worldwide. Its centralized and cloud-based security services included a Security Operations Center (SOC), a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), endpoint detection & response and vulnerability assessment services.

In line with its own groundbreaking commitments towards decarbonization and Net Zero, Atos is actively participating in global efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the Olympic Games – fully migrating all systems to the cloud, supporting key technology testing and rehearsal remotely and scaling down the number of physical servers needed for previous Olympic Games. This new delivery reduced energy consumption, heat emanation, the amount and number of resource intensive hardware infrastructures, as well as limiting the number of employees travelling to the host city.

Tokyo 2020 in numbers

All critical applications were hosted 100% in the Atos cloud

400,000 accreditations issued (up to 30% since Rio 2016) – which also served as a secure official border entry document into Japan

41,724 volunteers accepted through the volunteer portal

339 events in the Olympic Program with near-instant transmission of results to fans, journalists and broadcasters

Billions of viewers

200,000 hours of technical testing during the preparations – including Olympic Games-first virtual methods to complete technology rehearsals

Physical servers have been reduced by nearly 50% compared to previous editions – operating from 250 servers in Rio 2016 to just over 130 in Tokyo 2020.

Record breaking traffic for Olympic digital platforms (+50% users compared to Rio 2016)

5M users of the official Olympic website during the first days of the Olympic Games

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Digital Society Podcast: Hear the latest thinking on digital and tech

The Atos Digital Society Podcast covers the latest thinking on the change that technology is having on people, in business and across society more broadly.

To listen to future episodes or learn how you can join the conversation, visit the Atos Digital Society Podcast website or share your thoughts or suggestions by contacting us at digitalsociety@atos.net.

So far, Kulveer Ranger has been joined by guests including GB News Political Editor Darren McCaffrey, Demos CEO Polly Mackenzie and Baroness Nicky Morgan. The podcast has been highlighted in both The Sunday Times and The Sun on Sunday.

Ben Spencer: The Sunday Times Science Editor gives his take on what to expect from COP26 and the latest insight on the challenges around delivering net zero.

Nicky Morgan: Kulveer and former Secretary of State Baroness Morgan discuss how the Government’s approach to digital has changed, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on policy making and how policy makers can better equip individuals to succeed in an increasingly digital economy.

Darren McCaffrey: The GB News Political Editor speaks about his experience with technology in broadcasting, as well as how digital technology can reach an audience which increasingly get their news and views online.

Nigel Evans: Kulveer and Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans discuss how Covid-19 changed ways of working in Parliament and the lessons the pandemic has for how democracy can work digitally in the future.

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Atos Bytes

Celebrating Black History Month: Ethnic Minority Role Models booklet

As part of October’s Black History Month, Atos’ Together Network, our multicultural employee network, created an Ethnic Minority Role Models booklet, which showcases some of Atos’ best talent from a variety of backgrounds.

The booklet showcases the cultural diversity at Atos, celebrates the success of those nominated by their peers who go above and beyond and is a source of inspiration for young Atos talent from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Atos awarded EcoVadis “Platinum” for commitment to sustainability

Atos has been awarded the EcoVadis Platinum Award for our performance in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), confirming our position in the top 1% of companies assessed by EcoVadis in its Industry (Computer programming, consultancy and related activities).

EcoVadis evaluates across four categories: Environment, Labour & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. Atos has achieved excellent results in all four categories, particularly in Environment.

Atos & IBM collaborate to accelerate digital transformation

Atos and IBM have announced plans to help banks and insurance companies address their increased security and regulatory compliance demands when moving their workloads and applications to the cloud through the creation of a Cloud Center of Excellence.

Atos intends to migrate and modernize customer mission-critical workloads to the IBM Cloud for Financial Services using the platform’s built-in security and compliance protocols designed to help clients reduce their risk and regulatory barriers that impede transformation and innovation.

Atos-led Nightingale Mobile Courts continue to prove successful

In August 2020, the first Atos-led ‘Nightingale’ mobile courts went live to help provide an alternative hearing solution for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to mitigate the loss of established Courtrooms due to social distancing restrictions.

Over a year on, the solution continues to be effective in providing alternative locations for judges to hear cases. As reported by the MOJ, remote hearings increased by 4000% over the course of the pandemic.

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