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Corporate Social Responsibility

Everyone deserves a place in the digital economy. SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fosters digital inclusion and creates opportunity  for underserved people and communities through programming and partnerships that build digital skills, power Best-run NGOs and social enterprises, and connect SAP employees with purpose.

We approach our programming and partnerships from a triple benefit or impact perspective to ensure a sustainable future for our company, our customers, and for society. Our work centers around education and workforce preparedness in the digital economy by addressing issues such as access and application of skills.

Building digital skills

We have the responsibility to meet people where they are, and provide them the hard- and soft-skills needed to thrive in the digital economy. SAP supports educational and skills-based initiatives that help people pursue careers that use technology, as well as entrepreneurial pursuits. In 2017, SAP trained 20,000 teachers and engaged 1.4 million youth in more than 80 countries through a range of digital literacy programs and partnerships.

How SAP builds digital skills


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 World Economic Forum (WEF). Find out how together, we are putting our purpose into action.

Refugee Code Week

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.

Early College High School (BTECH)

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. 


Refugee integration

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.

Free openSAP Courses for social good

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. 

KickApp Cup: Kicking and coding

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.


Best-run NGOs and social enterprises

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.

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.

More about SAP and social enterprises


World Economic Forum

SAP partners with some of the world’s most impactful international organizations including World Economic Forum (WEF), to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Find out how together, we are putting our purpose into action.

SAP Social Sabbatical

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


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.

Start-up Accelerator Program in India

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. 

Messy Bessy: A Beautiful Story

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. 

Connecting employees with purpose

SAP employees are proud of our higher purpose and want to get involved in the communities in which they live and work. We encourage and support their efforts. We offer resources, as well as year-round employee volunteer programs, that bring together individuals’ passions, expertise, and leadership skills to address global challenges locally.

SAP Month of Service

More than 20,000 SAP employees volunteered in 2017 totaling more than 298,000 hours of service. Volunteering opportunities throughout the year include a broad spectrum of opportunities from traditional hands-on volunteering, hackathons, code training or coaching and mentoring for students and social business leaders. Learn more about one of our signature volunteer programs, SAP Month of Service. In October alone, our employees led 750 projects globally. .

More about SAP employee volunteering


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 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

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.

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