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One of the biggest high tech firms in Richmond is having great success that has nothing to do with the area in which they specialize.
Business management software giant Sage, which employs 375 people at its Richmond campus on Wireless Way, believes strongly in giving back to the community. Not only does Sage encourage their staff to volunteer, but also provides them the opportunities to do so.
Paul Struthers, executive vice president and managing director of Sage Canada, told The Richmond Sentinel that Sage staff have caught the volunteer bug.
“It’s very much a part of who we are and what we do.”
Sage employees are encouraged to participate in five days of volunteering as part of their work time every year in their local communities, doing everything from supporting young people to working with socially and economically deprived communities to toiling the soil at the Richmond Sharing Farm.
So far in 2017, Sage staff have volunteered 58 per cent more than in 2016, totalling more than 2,300 hours so far this year.
The dedication to giving back to communities began a few years ago, with the founding of the Sage Foundation, he said.
“I think we’re very lucky to be in the position we’re in as a company that grew from a very small company in the (United Kingdom) 32 years ago…We’re lucky to enjoy that success and I think it’s really important to give back and face some of the biggest challenges that are out there,” Struthers said.
Sage Foundation has a two-plus-two-plus-two framework, he explained. Sage has committed to donating two per cent of staff time, two per cent of free cash flow and two donated user licences per year, he said.
That translates into up to five days of an employee’s work time being available for volunteerism opportunities.
While Sage is a public company, and you have to generate profits, Struthers said “we want to do that the right way. We want to be building that with our community and with our customers.”
Thousands of Lower Mainland businesses use Sage software to run their business.
“Sage globally really is the one-stop business management solutions for companies of almost any size, whether you’re…one person starting a company and you need some accounting software, some payment software to run your business…right to billion-dollar enterprises that need enterprise management software to run everything,” Struthers said.