At SAP, our corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy applies our talent, technology, and strategic partnerships to create long-term, sustainable social impact that makes the world run better and improves people's lives.
We approach corporate social responsibility strategically – in order to ensure a sustainable future for our company, our customers, and for society. We work to provide the world’s youth with the skills they need to tackle society’s problems and thrive in the digital economy. Leveraging our employees' talents, our technology, and our strong NGO partnerships, we work to enhance educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth around the world.
SAP’s social investments impact real people, from a little girl in Africa, to rural farmers, refugees seeking a new life, and social entrepreneurs with a mission to improve their communities. We asked some of those people to tell their story in the attached video.
Behind our successful technology and business stand our people with their skills and knowledge. Our employee volunteer programs use this expertise to promote positive change in underserved areas of society. From our annual Month of Service volunteer events, to individual hands-on help or business coaching, SAP encourages employees to contribute their time and talents to support social organizations.
SAP Global Month of Service
During the annual SAP Month of Service held each October, SAP employees unite to help improve the lives of people in their communities. In 2016, 22,500 employees volunteered 142,000 hours in 939 projects globally.
Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering
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 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.
With a long-standing tradition in corporate volunteering, SAP is proud to be a founding partner of IMPACT 2030. We rally the skills and expertise of our employees behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change.
SAP supports the accelerated growth of social enterprises that use innovative business models to approach the world’s most pressing societal challenges. We focus the power of our talent, technology, and NGO partners to stimulate entrepreneurial mindsets and promote sustainable economic growth.
SAP Social Sabbatical
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.
Based in Manila, Philippines, Messy Bessy is an innovative social enterprise that sells natural cleaning and personal care products while training and educating disadvantaged youth. SAP has already sent two Social Sabbatical teams to support the success of the company.
A joint initiative of Social Impact and SAP, Startery helps entrepreneurs in central and eastern Europe turn their innovative social ideas into successful businesses and act as positive change agents for society. Startery provides mentoring and training to help ensure long-term growth and maximum change impact.
The CIIE-SAP Start-up Accelerator Program encourages the Indian social enterprise ecosystem and addresses the challenges that startups face. It aims to build capacity of startups on their Go to Market and product strategy. The Accelerator seeks to mentor and build capacities of 30 start-ups by 2017.
Education and IT skills help people fulfill their potential and provide entry to the digital economy. In 2016 SAP ran Code Weeks in 38 countries. Africa Code Week taught almost half a million kids and teenagers how to code. Latin Code Week equipped 400 students for the labor market, and Refugee Code Week addresses the refugee crisis by teaching coding skills to refugees and local youth in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Lebanon.
In partnership with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions, SAP has developed four early college high school programs in New York City; Boston; Oakland, California; and Vancouver, Canada. Students in these programs earn a high school diploma and post-secondary degree while gaining experience in the business technology field, all at no cost to the student.
Coding and fun all around the world: Young footballers and SAP developers meet at an exciting series of sports events. During three-day hackathons they develop app prototypes designed for the needs of amateur football clubs. In 2016, the winners traveled to Lyon, France, to participate in a global event with all regional winners, hosted as part of UEFA Euro 2016.
SAP offers free openSAP online courses to enable the wide, long-term reach of its initiatives. In 2016, more than 25,000 students enrolled in courses including “Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World” with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, and "Deutsch für Asylbewerber" (Teaching German to Refugees), which won a "Germany - Land of Ideas 2016" initiative prize from the German government.
SAP supports the integration of refugees in Germany through training and recruitment programs. In 2016, more than 90 internships were filled in the area of software development and design. Moreover, an openSAP online course helps volunteers teach German to refugees.
SAP partnered with UNHCR and the Galway Education Centre to educate 10,000 refugee youth in software coding during the inaugural 2016 “Refugee Code Week” in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt. In addition to introducing coding basics, we help each host nation integrate coding education within school curricula, and will refer the most promising students to SAP partner "ЯebootKamp" for help with job placement.