Make a positive impact

Our approach to sustainability

Driven by our “We Care” company value, at SumUp we are committed to making our world a better place by doing good for our societies and planet.

Today, SumUp is in the fortunate position of having solid financial footing, global scale and cross-functional expertise, giving us the ability to extend our positive impact well beyond our merchants to our people and planet. To achieve this, SumUp focuses on 3 Es: environment, education and entrepreneurship.

Environment

Protecting our planet is more important than ever before. We need to hold all of ourselves accountable to make sure our planet remains livable for generations to come. We want to make the world a better and healthier place to live. SumUp has become a member of the 1% for the Planet with the commitment to donate 1% of the revenue generated by Solo devices to support environmental causes. Giving back to help protecting the environment is important to us.

Education

Education plays a central role to improve social mobility, enhance financial inclusion and to advance overall well-being. At SumUp, we want to support our communities and people with underprivileged backgrounds to learn and progress through education. Our goal is to reduce unemployment, train future's skills and even create a pool of talent for future SumUppers. SumUp is partnering with organisations like Generation, CapacitaMe and Dharma Life.

Entrepreneurship

In the long term, we are convinced that we can create positive economic change by investing in businesses with purposeful and sustainable business ideas. In line with our “Founder’s Mentality”, we want to support the entrepreneurial mindset of SumUppers who want to start their own business, and entrepreneurs from minoritised groups to increase our impact in societies.

“SumUp’s growth to an international company has now made us responsible more than ever before for supporting sustainable solutions and minoritized groups while also reducing the impact of our business on the environment.”

Tech upskilling of young people in Brazil.

Together with Generation Brazil, we launched a program for unemployed youth in Brazil. 42 people from minoritized groups joined our first SumUp cohort for a three months Java FullStack training:

  • 60% girls, 4% non-binary

  • 36% LGBTQ+

  • 67% non-white

Empowering children in rural India

We financially support the “Lighting up Young Minds” program led by Dharma Life - an NGO dedicated to poverty alleviation. With the help of female entrepreneurs that offer blended learning journeys through a digital platform, we offered classes to over 2000 children.

Making education in the favelas accessible

We partner with Associação Comunitária Monte Azul which aims to create better life opportunities with education in the poorest region of São Paulo, Brazil. We support their local community schools with computers, air conditioning and private teachers which allows hundreds of students to continue their education.

Educating for sustainable agriculture in Brazil.

SumUp sponsors “Luana Carvalho” agroecology school in Bahia, Brazil with material and financial aid in their mission to promote sustainable agriculture education. We are proud to reach ~250 people from rural settlements and enable them to gain knowledge on agroecology and produce organic products.

Improving the access to the labour market.

We help people in vulnerable life situations to join the labour market by sponsoring their education. The project by CapacitaME that we support with computers and our office space serves +500 people per year in Sao Paulo.

Removing plastic waste

With our first donation as a part of the 1% for the Planet pledge, 15,000 kg of plastic will be removed from the Citarum River in Indonesia, the most polluted river in the world.

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I want to become a doctor when I grow up to take care of people’s health in rural areas, which motivates me to study hard. I truly enjoyed being part of the Lighting Up Young Minds programme and gained a lot of knowledge in various subjects.
Diya Semwal (Uttarakhand, India)
The Lighting Up Young Minds classes were easily accessible online. I attended sessions on subjects like English, Mathematics, Health & Hygiene, and digital literacy. I strongly believe that the women and girls of our society can positively change the communities’ mindset and contribute to society’s development by working hard. When I grow up, I aspire to become an engineer!