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Culture and Identity

Culture and identity at SAP is about honoring the many voices who inspire our innovation every day. The three pillars of this area are the Employee Network Groups, Culture & Ethnicity, and the LGBT Community (sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression).

Overview

The many voices at SAP provide one of our greatest sources of strength, shaping our work environment and sense of community. From culture and ethnicity to gender, sexual orientation or various aspects of how we live and work, our identity as a company is defined by each person at SAP.

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We are proud to embrace over 80 employee-driven network groups, where individuals with common backgrounds, interests, causes, or concerns can connect and directly influence the culture and success of SAP. These Employee Network Groups, including the Business Women's Network (BWN), Pride@SAP (for LGBT colleagues and allies), the Black Employee Network (BEN), Cultures@SAP and Latinos@SAP, among others, highlight one of the best parts of our culture – the authentic connections formed among people who come to SAP from a wide variety of backgrounds. They help ensure that everyone is heard and every voice counts.

SAP offers a comprehensive Cultural Intelligence training curriculum and guidance on working in an ethnically and racially diverse environment. We know that having greater inter-cultural understanding and sensitivity is critical to success in today’s global economy. SAP has shown its commitment to increasing diversity in the technology sector by becoming an inaugural signatory of the White House Tech Inclusion Pledge in the U.S.

SAP has played a leading role in the ongoing refugee crisis. In 2016, as part of the “Engaging for Refugees” initiative, we hired 105 interns in various locations throughout Germany and brought on 15 students for dual-study positions that were specifically created for refugees. We are continuing this program in 2017. SAP also has organized events such as Refugee Code Week in countries like Jordan and Lebanon in cooperation with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

SAP’s strong LGBT employee network, called Pride@SAP, started in 2001 as a grass roots employee movement in Germany. It is now completely integrated into our company, with over 8,000 members and numerous chapters worldwide.

Besides the cooperation with Pride@SAP, here are a few examples of how SAP is active in the area of LGBT diversity and inclusion:

SAP has provided enhanced transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits in the U.S. since 2016, and has had gender-neutral toilets at company headquarters in our Walldorf, Germany, headquarters since 2015. Additionally, gender transition guidelines have been available since 2008.

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