Our Long-Term Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility

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As a global business leader, SAP recognizes its corporate social responsibility to help businesses become more accountable and transparent to their stakeholders and to the world at large.

SAP Africa believes that the private sector plays a vital role in generating strong economies, creating a level playing field, and building an environment that embraces education, technology, and innovation. SAP continually looks for ways to improve its own practices while simultaneously leveraging its technology offerings and role as business partner. As a result, SAP helps its US$6-trillion customer base improve business development through resource-efficient growth, leading to sustainable social and macroeconomic development.

CSR projects that are currently supported by SAP Africa:

  • Siyafunda Community Technology Centres: 54 Centres in South Africa that provide access to the Internet as well as training and development for underserved communities.
  • The initiative has won several global awards for excellence including the Clinton Global Initiative, the eINDIA Initiative, and the Inyathelo Philanthropy Award.
  • FIRST LEGO League: Employees volunteer their time to mentor and coach teams of children between the ages of 9 and 16. Children are taught how to programme a robot and how to develop research, teamwork, and robotic performance skills.
  • Science Centres in South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban): In addition to providing funding, SAP encourages its employees undertake volunteer projects in partnership with the centres throughout the year. SAP also funds the skills development of mentors and coaches from disadvantaged communities through these centres
  • Month of Service: October is the global SAP month of service and employees across Africa undertake planned volunteer initiatives. These activities take place in partnership with selected NGOs and communities.
  • Social sabbaticals: A special offering to SAP employees selected as global top talents that enables them to spend 35 working days in a country outside of their home country, giving back to underserved communities.

As a major global company, SAP has both an opportunity and a social obligation to share best practice and use its considerable influence to encourage development of business ethics in alignment with its values in all markets where it does business. SAP’s CSR vision is based on the philosophy that IT-led innovation can drive economic development and parity through resource efficient growth. But rapid economic transformation requires an educated workforce and sound governance systems to manage the transformation and keep pace with the changing enterprise and the surrounding social infrastructure and governing institutions.


The Clear Purpose program is based on four pillars:

  • Education

    We do this through programmes such as the University Alliances programme, ERP4 schools and through other activities like the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, Telkom Centres of Excellence, Our collaboration and partnership with the Sci-Bono Science Discovery Centre, CIDA ICT Academy, and IT Business Learnership Programme (ITBLP).

  • Transparency and Good Governance

    Good governance accomplishes this in a manner essentially free of abuse and corruption, and with due regard for the rule of law.

     SAP is one of the first signatories of the UN Global Compact in 2000 and participates on the 10th principle working group to support the global effort to control corruption and ease associated poverty and injustice. SAP built the UN Global Compact Portal (2002; it was replaced later on), was a supporter of the study “Gearing Up” (2004) and a member of the advisory group for the 2005 Global Compact Summit in Shanghai. We have also signed the UN Global Compact Statement "Caring for Climate" in 2007. SAP is also a supporter of a number of other anti-corruption initiatives such as the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) in Nigeria as well as the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo in partnership with the GTZ. We are actively engaged with supporting the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). SAP is the foundation partner of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Information Society Partnership for Africa's development (ISPAD). SAP is also working in close partnership with the James Trust in Africa to enable transparency and governance among virtual donors to AIDs orphans across Africa and the World.

  • Bridging the Digital Divide

    We are doing this through our global First Lego League programme focusing on children between the ages of 9 and 16 years as well as other programmes such as the Siyafunda Community Technology Centres, our Graduate recruitment programme, Africa Drive programme as well as the Master and Doctoral programme in Africa.

  • Environmental Stewardship

    SAP has a dual strategy of being both an exemplar of sustainability and helping our customers to become more sustainable organisations.

    SAP Africa recently was adjudged one of the top performers at the second Annual Africa Energy Awards. In addition SAP’s worldwide emissions of CO2 emissions for 2009 totalled 425 kilotons, a 16% decrease from 505 kilotons level of 2008 and well ahead of the established 2009 target. This equated to a monetary saving of 90 million Euros. The emissions decrease was achieved directly and without the application of offsets. This reporting was enabled through the SAP Carbon Impact on-demand solution


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