Sustainability and social responsibility have been fundamental to Symbiotics since its inception, laying at the heart of everything we do. Symbiotics is committed to apply its mission and values to its own corporate organization and lifestyle. This is reflected in our commitments to various industry initiatives as well as through our corporate giving and support.
OUR CSR INITIATIVES
B CORP CERTIFICATION
Symbiotics completed the certification process to become a Certified B Corporation, joining a global community of companies assessed for the highest standards of social and environmental performance and ethical business practices
In its legal statutes, Symbiotics has legally confirmed its commitment to purpose beyond financial profit. The results of the comprehensive B Lab assessment provide an important benchmark for the company and a path to further improve certain areas and take concrete action in the year to come.
The B Corp Certification encompasses every aspect of the business and covers five key impact areas: governance, workers, community, environment and customers. Recent attention on the impact investing sector industry makes the Symbiotics B Corp Certification a notable step and signals a shift towards greater accountability and transparency in the sector.
UN Race to Zero
SME Climate Hub
The SME Climate Hub is a global initiative that empowers SMEs to take climate action through the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. We have signed up through the SME Climate Hub, committing to halve our emissions by 2030 and reporting on our carbon footprint progress yearly. An internal Environmental Working Group drives the process to become a more environmentally sustainable company on a corporate level. We are assessing our carbon footprint worldwide annually to offset our emissions and implement measures to achieve the climate objectives.
The French association Un Toit pour les Enfants de Cuernavaca (A Roof for Children of Cuernavaca) helps about 60 underprivileged children and 20 teenagers in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We partnered with the Association and launched a staff crowdfunding campaign in 2022 to support the construction of an Ecological Mini Farm in Cuernavaca benefitting the 80 children enrolled in the local school “El Centro Comunitario Infantil Encuentro (CCIE). Symbiotics matched the staff donations to contribute to this pedagogical project.
Terre des Hommes
Terre des Hommes aims to improve the living conditions of vulnerable children and young people through an approach combining access to education, protection and participation. In 2022, Symbiotics supported two initiatives. Staff around the world participated in the 2022 Corporate Walk of Hope, organized by Terre des Homme Switzerland, and funded a project in India which raised awareness about a healthy and sustainable environment among children. And at the end of 2022, we produced our 2022 Christmas cards in collaboration with Terre des Homme Italy and made a donation supporting emergency projects in Syria.
Paint a Smile
The mission of the Swiss-based NGO Paint A Smile is to reduce anxiety and de-dramatize hospital stays by transforming the cold an impersonal hospital environment into a more colorful and welcoming space. Several Symbiotics staff participated in the Course de L’Escalade 2022 in Geneva and thus supported the Paint A Smile projects.
Used computer material
To give used computer material a second life, we donated used laptops to BWEF (Burkina Women Education Fund) which were distributed among their beneficiaries, impoverished female Burkinabe university students, in Burkina Faso. Also, UnitedForU and StrongerTogether, two Ukrainian organizations in Switzerland, are receiving used laptops, PCs and screens for their members, Ukrainian refugees.