Press release: SD Worx partners with Assembly Voting
In Belgium, all companies are obliged by law to conduct ‘social elections’ every four years and SD Worx, a leading provider in Payroll and HR services, has chosen Danish Assembly Voting as extra tech partner to provide clients an optimised digital election process.
Digital election technology from the Danish software company Assembly Voting is set to play a key role when more than 7000 Belgian companies will hold ‘social elections’ in the spring of 2020. All companies with more than 50 employees are required by Belgian law to carry out elections appointing employee representatives for e.g. works councils and health and safety committees.
SD Worx has a long track record of helping Belgian companies carry out this formal procedure and will use a digital election system from Assembly Voting to conduct hundreds of simultaneous elections around the country that are continuously audited by both local unions and public authorities.
“Denmark is a global front-runner in local democracy and leveraging digitalisation to strengthen active citizenship,” says Matthias Jacxsens, Senior Legal Consultant at SD Worx.
“Assembly Voting has close to 20 years of experience supporting 3,500 statutory and non-statutory digital elections in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and recently also the UK. During these years, the company has provided secure and well proven voting technologies for a wide range of public and private clients, as well as methodologies and user interfaces to increase voter participation.”
The voting system is designed to comply with fundamental principles of conducting democratic elections. Documented technologies and data management processes serves to ensure eligibility, validated tallying and voter anonymity. E.g. use of encryption technology on the voter's device and irreversible separation of voterID and votes by mixing technology before generating the result maintain anonymity throughout the election process.
Experiences of the transformation process from paper-based elections to digital elections in e.g. Danish Labour Unions has demonstrated a significant increase in voter turnout. In some cases, the turnout has more than doubled as a consequence of introducing digital participation in democratic elections. Hence, in many Danish member-based organisations digital participation is perceived as an essential part of the democratic culture.
In Belgium, SD Worx has been supporting local companies since the emergence of ‘social elections’ with practical advice, electronic voting, training, postal voting, on-site consultancy on election day, dispute resolution assistance and more. The partnership with Assembly Voting will empower and add capability to help Belgian customers optimise the election process and digital experience even further.
“We are extremely proud that SD Worx have chosen to partner with us. The ‘social elections’ process in Belgium is a significant event in terms of size, importance, complexity and legal requirements and it underlines the maturity level of Assembly Voting’s technologies. It is also a recognition of our dedicated R&D focus on increasing voter participation,” says Jacob Banja Gyldenkærne, CEO in Assembly Voting.
Assembly Voting has a long track record of holding elections for ministries, municipalities, associations, parties, local councils, utility providers, pension funds, housing companies, etc. The company has conducted more than 3,500 elections across the Nordic region including Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Recently the company has also moved into the UK market.
About Assembly Voting
Assembly Voting was the first provider of electronic elections in Denmark, and since 2001 Assembly Voting has conducted more than 3,500 elections with over 21 million voters. Today, Assembly Voting provides the majority of digital election solutions in Scandinavia to associations, parties, municipalities, energy and pension companies, etc. Assembly Voting is based on the idea of strengthening democratic participation, through the integration of democratic processes and new technological opportunities for debate, user involvement and secure election.
About SD Worx
As a leading European provider of payroll and HR solutions, SD Worx guides organisations in managing their existing and their new workforce, with a full-service package in the areas of Staffing, Payroll, Time and Talent. SD Worx delivers the best suited approach for every situation, providing the insights, expertise, outsourcing services and technology HR- decision makers need for their organisation and their individuals to thrive. Today, more than 68,000 small and large organisations across the globe place their trust in SD Worx and its nearly 75 years' worth of experience. In 2018, SD Worx achieved a consolidated turnover of EUR 594.4 million with its two entities.
SD Worx Group offers its payroll and HR outsourcing services, software and consultancy services in 92 countries, calculates the salaries of approximately 4.6 million employees and ranks among the top five worldwide. The more than 4,150 employees at SD Worx operate in ten countries: Belgium (HQ), Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. It is the co-founder of the Payroll Services Alliance, a global strategic network of leading payroll companies that together handle 32 million payroll calculations.
Since 2018, SD Worx Staffing Solutions has been offering flexible and temporary employment, secondment, recruitment and selection, outplacement and career guidance services in Belgium and the Netherlands. SD Worx Staffing Solutions has more than 450 employees and employs an average of 5,500 temps on a daily basis through its more than 3,000 customers.
Jacob Banja Gyldenkærne
CEO in Assembly Voting
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PR & Corporate Communication Manager SD Worx Group
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