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Sustainability, Health, 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 our partner UNICEF, thirty percent of the world’s young people are not connected to 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. 

Nonprofit Partnerships

SAP CSR provides skills, technology expertise, and access to markets to accelerate our nonprofit and social enterprise partners’ ability to drive sustainable social impact and systemic change. 

Employees with Purpose

At SAP, we empower our employees to take action around causes they care about. Find out more about our volunteer programs and how we made an impact.

UNICEF and SAP Partnership

SAP and UNICEF announced a global partnership to empower young people to thrive. Find out how this partnership is activating the unlimited potential of this generation.

SAP Social Sabbatical

SAP Social Sabbatical is the largest portfolio of pro bono volunteering programs designed to utilize and develop SAP talent while helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that focus on digital inclusion run at their best.

Powering opportunity through digital inclusion

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

€23 M

Investment in education and workforce readiness in 2019

4.5 M

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

52 %

Of volunteer projects that are skills-based

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. To date, our digital skills and coding programs trained 56,000 teachers, engaged 4.5 million young people and spanned 105 countries.

Africa Code Week

Since its adoption, Africa Code Week has trained millions of children in coding and benefitted thousands of teachers across 37 African countries. The initiative has a long-term vision of driving policy development to enable the adoption of coding into national curricula.

Code Unnati

Code Unnati is a corporate-to-citizen, digital literacy and IT skills development initiative aimed at fostering digital inclusion in India. Launched in June 2017, Code Unnati integrates digital literacy within primary to higher secondary curriculum and imparts skills in next-gen technologies among youth, enabling employment opportunities.   

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.  

Accelerating best-run nonprofits and social enterprises

SAP CSR carefully selects nonprofit 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 2019, SAP built capacity for over 1,200 innovative nonprofit organizations and social enterprises through in-kind contributions of €3.4 million impacting a minimum of 950,000 lives across the globe.

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.

SAP Social Sabbatical

SAP Social Sabbatical is the largest portfolio of pro bono volunteering programs designed to utilize and develop SAP talent while helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that focus on digital inclusion run at their best.

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.

COVID-19 Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs

SAP has joined hands with more than 50 global organizations to provide support, knowledge, and expertise to social entrepreneurs adversely affected by COVID-19. Alliance members currently support 15,000 social entrepreneurs, collectively impacting 1.5 billion people across 190 countries. 

Connecting employees with purpose

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 2019, 20,000+ SAP employees volunteered, dedicating more than 270,000 hours of service in more than 58 countries. 55% of all volunteer hours were skills-based in support of our innovative programs building digital skills, workforce readiness, and youth entrepreneurship. 

Global Month of Service at SAP

SAP’s Global Month of Service is the leading employee engagement volunteer program. The initiative serves as a base for employees to volunteer their skills towards a special cause close to their hearts. 

Taking action for social justice

SAP is committed to education, economic opportunity, and social justice reform. SAP employees are leading the effort to end injustice for Black communities in the United States and all around the world. 

SAP’s response to COVID-19

SAP is committed to education, economic opportunity, and social justice reform. SAP employees are leading the effort to end injustice for Black communities in the United States and all around the world.

UNICEF and SAP Partnership

We believe in a world where education, training, and age-appropriate employment should be accessible to all young people – and we are partnering with UNICEF in support of Generation Unlimited to make it happen. While our journey begins in India, Turkey, and Viet Nam, we hope to scale sustainable change in digital education throughout the world. Together, we can build a future-ready generation.

SAP Social Sabbatical

SAP Social Sabbatical is a pro bono volunteering program designed to utilize and develop SAP talent, while helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that focus on digital inclusion run at their best.

Diverse teams of employees dedicate their professional expertise in a unique short-term assignment to achieve triple impact: solving concrete strategic challenges for client organizations, developing key leadership skills of the participants, and advancing SAP as an employer of choice.


This global pro bono volunteering program creates sustainable change that continues to yield dividends long after direct engagement is completed and influences social enterprises and nonprofits for the long term. 

We foster meaningful connections through immersive, holistic experiences for our employees, to build resilient organizations and leaders who can in turn, help the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Hemang Desai
Program Director, SAP Social Sabbatical Portfolio

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