“Atos Origin receives highest rating by GRI for its second Corporate Responsibility report”

Paris, 1 June 2011

Positioning Atos Origin as a best-in-class and demonstrating its commitment to corporate sustainability

Atos Origin, an international IT services company, today publishes its second Corporate Responsibility report in line with the guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - the international standard for sustainability reporting. The GRI has rated the Atos Origin 2010 report Level A+(*).

“I am pleased to announce that our second corporate responsibility report achieved an A+ rating by GRI. This official recognition highlights our continued and long-term commitment to place sustainability as the foundation of our corporate strategy. It also demonstrates our progress in realizing our ambition to be recognized as one of the best companies to work for our commitment to corporate sustainability and - through our global wellbeing@work programme - our capacity to attract and retain the best talents,” said, Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos Origin.

Sustainability is foundation of the Group's strategy – key achievements
As the first IT services company that joined GRI in 2009, the company has made considerable progress in its sustainable achievements. Within its transformation program TOP (Total Operational Performance), the Group has committed to establishing sustainability at the core of its strategy and business processes. In 2010, Atos Origin delivered a number of business, social and environmental commitments including:

  • Launched its “Well Being @ Work” initiative, to achieve tangible improvements in employees' work environment and announced its ambition to run a business without internal email within 3 years;
  • Joined the United Nations Global Compact – to operate under universally recognized responsible business principles;
  • Has realized a 16% reduction in its global carbon footprint since 2008  at comparable scope; and decided to offset the carbon emissions of all its data-centers worldwide, thus becoming the first international IT Group to offer Carbon Neutral hosting services;
  • Developed a Sustainable Solutions portfolio – Ambition Carbon Free, Smart Grid, Intelligent Workplaces, Green IT – that enable clients to transform to a sustainable business model.

“Sustainability is the foundation of the Group's strategy and indispensable in today's competitive market to make our customers thrive. We have implemented sustainable best practices throughout our organization worldwide, and with our innovative Sustainability Solutions portfolio, we help our clients maximize the opportunities that sustainability offers.” Thierry Breton added.

Supporting clients on their journey towards more sustainable operations
The Group understands the role it has to play through developing solutions that allow its clients to operate in a more sustainable way which is both good for their own business and for the environment. Atos Origin's “Firm of the Future” strategy helps its clients transform to a sustainable, collaborative and adaptive organization addressing both strategic and operational levels and the supporting infrastructure.

An online version of the Corporate Responsibility Report can be viewed here

(*)A+ is the highest level qualification from the Global Reporting Initiative requiring entire management disclosure on sustainability performance standards and assurance by a third external party.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based organization that has pioneered the development of the world's most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide. Find out more on GRI here.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5 billion and it employs 48,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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