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Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Highlights of sustainability and CSR at SAP

2019 was an impactful year for sustainability, CSR, and diversity at SAP. 

Sustainability: Learning from Leading Companies

Learn how you can integrate sustainability as part of your strategy and positively contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Innovation belongs to all of us. Yet, according to The World Bank, more than half of global citizens are not included in the digital economy. SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is tackling this issue head-on, powering opportunity for all people through digital inclusion initiatives. 

Building Digital Skills

SAP’s education initiatives help people attain the relevant 21st-century skills to thrive and secure decent, meaningful work, including entrepreneurial pursuits, in a digital world. In 2018, our digital skills and coding programs trained 34,000 teachers, engaged 2.8 million young people, and spanned 93 countries.

Non-profit Partnerships

SAP CSR carefully selects non-profit and social enterprise partners primarily in the areas of quality education, workforce preparedness, and youth entrepreneurship. We provide skills, technology expertise, and access to markets to accelerate these partners’ ability to drive sustainable social impact and systemic change. In 2018, SAP built capacity for over 800 organizations through in-kind contributions of €3.4 million, impacting more than 1 million lives globally.

Employees with a Pupose

93% of SAP employees acknowledge the importance of pursuing purpose and sustainability. SAP CSR empowers them to take action around causes they care about. In 2018, 20,000+ SAP employees volunteered, dedicating more than 250,000 hours of service in 58 countries. 55% of all volunteer hours were skills-based in support of our innovative programs building digital skills, workforce readiness, and youth entrepreneurship.

Powering opportunity through digital inclusion

SAP's three strategic program pillars focus on building digital skills, accelerating best-run non-profits and social enterprises, and connecting employees with purpose to help ensure everyone can participate in — and benefit from — today's digital world.

Building Digital Skills

Meet and Code

Meet and Code introduces European children and young people between 8 and 24 to technology and coding in partnership with Haus des Stiftens gGmbH (HDS) and TechSoup Europe. By exploring a broad range of technology, digital topics, and creative coding, participants develop the digital skills they need to succeed in today’s world. In 2018, 52,000 young people participated in over 1,100 workshops in 22 countries.

Learning for Life

SAP CSR’s digital skills portfolio is part of “Learning for Life,” SAP’s end-to-end education and workforce readiness approach that addresses automation and the global skills gap challenge. Find out how SAP is putting inclusion into action. 

Build Your Own Snap! Workshop

Join this free online course aimed at computer science teachers and workshop organizers who would like to inspire young people to take their first steps with Snap!, a visual, drag-and-drop programming language. 

Global Alliance for YOUth

Twenty international companies, including SAP, launched the Global Alliance for YOUth at World Economic Forum 2019 with an ambition to impact six million young people by 2022, helping them build employability skills.  

€22.8 M

investment in education and workforce readiness in 2018

2.8 M

youths trained in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

55 %

of volunteer projects that are skills-based

Accelerating best-run non-profits and social enterprises

ReThinking Cyberbullying

Meet Trisha Prabhu, founder of ReThink - an app tackling cyberbullying, used by more than 5.5M students in the U.S. Trisha is a social entrepreneur, innovator and We Are Family Foundation Global Teen Leader alumni. SAP proudly supports Global Teen Leaders like Trisha who exemplify our purpose to help the world run better and improve people's lives.

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF)

In 2018 SAP announced its biggest commitment yet in support of the social enterprise sector with a three-year technology partnership with SEWF, the world’s leading international social enterprise movement-building organization.

World Economic Forum

SAP partners with some of the world’s most impactful international organizations to ensure all people have the skills necessary to participate in the digital economy, including the World Economic Forum (WEF). Find out how together, we are putting our purpose into action.

SAP Social Sabbatical program

The SAP Social Sabbatical program is a portfolio of pro bono volunteering programs where highly diverse teams of SAP employees solve strategic challenges of non-profits and social enterprises focused on bridging the digital divide.

Connecting employees with purpose

Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering openSAP course

The SAP Volunteer Ambassadors program fosters employees who organize volunteer opportunities for their colleagues through training, support, and the exchange of best practices. To inspire others as well, SAP and Realized Worth offer a free online course for CSR functions and volunteer leaders.

SAP Social Innovation Series

SAP has partnered with GENYOUth to bring mentorship to students year-round. SAP employees engage with and mentor entrepreneurially minded middle- and high-school students seeking to improve health and wellness in their communities. The highlight is the six-city SAP Social Innovation Series, which awards and funds students to bring their ideas to life.

Sustainable global community service

At the 2018 IMPACT2030 global summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, SAP was awarded the inaugural IMPACT2030 Innovation Award for  “Collaboration for Good.” The award recognizes organizations that direct the collective skills, experience, and talent of corporate volunteers towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

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