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.