The value of a strong culture and community

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August 1, 2019
"After several years working for Axis, I haven't lost that positive feeling I got on that very first day. In fact, it is now even stronger than it was before. Talking about values and culture is easy but living up to these promises is more difficult. Axis does it, we all do it – together!"

When I walked through the doors at Axis Communications a little over two years ago, the experience was an eye‑opener. I encountered a genuine desire to help, to listen to all of my crazy ideas – and a real sense that nothing was impossible to achieve. As the days and weeks passed, that same positive attitude was still apparent, and it permeated through the entire company. Whether I was talking to a colleague in Lund, or doing a course with a colleague from Seoul, we all share common values and an incredibly strong sense of solidarity. There was an inherent desire to do something more, to challenge the boundaries of what people thought was possible.

Our culture and values are the beating heart of Axis, and they influence everything we do. This culture is what helps create the drive and commitment we have for our work, enabling a smarter, safer future. Together, we can change our world – make it safer, smarter, more secure. And we must.

These are the values that we use as our basis when we develop our products and solutions. We think ahead; community and innovation are key to us. Integrating our products and solutions with other systems must be as easy as possible. In a world where, more and more products are connected and expected to work together with other products and systems, it's important to offer opportunities for integration – not just now, but in future.

Customers who invest in network camera systems or open access systems solutions want to feel safe in the knowledge that their technology won't be obsolete in a few years' time. Protecting an investment is a natural instinct, as is wanting support and assistance to achieve the most from it. At Axis, we pride ourselves in delivering support before, during and after investments are made. We want to help our customers as they travel towards the future in intelligent security.

We have a large network of development partners who create software customised for our products. We offer the whole range: from software that detects someone entering a prohibited zone, to software that makes it possible for our cameras to communicate directly with heating and ventilation systems.

However, if we are to give our customers a futureproof solution, it's clear to us that high-tech products and solutions aren't all we need. We know we need something else as well: sustainability.

To create a smarter, safer future, we also need to improve working conditions at the factories run by ourselves and our subcontractors. We are doing everything in our power to gain an insight into the environmental impact of our work too. An example of this is analysing the impact of our products on human health. Axis has participated in and subscribed to the UN Global Compact and since 2007, PVC has been slowly eliminated from our products. We now also use recycled plastic during some of our production.

After several years working for Axis, I haven't lost that positive feeling I got on that very first day. In fact, it is now even stronger than it was before. Talking about values and culture is easy but living up to these promises is more difficult. Axis does it, we all do it – together!

/Carl Staël von Holstein, Key Account Manager at Axis Communications.