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Social and Inclusive Entrepreneurship

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Helping corporate business grow through purpose-driven innovation

Social and inclusive entrepreneurship is the fabric of economic growth and the engine of humanitarian and environmental impact. With humanitarian missions and minority business at their core, social entrepreneurs enable corporates to pull levers in order to enact social change and leadership. 

Buy social: SAP introduces 5 & 5 by ‘25

We aim to direct 5% of our addressable procurement spend to social enterprises and diverse suppliers by 2025.

Embedding social impact into the heart of business

By partnering with social enterprises, businesses can accelerate growth and ensure their operations include a positive humanitarian and environmental impact.

Achieving a better kind of growth by partnering with social enterprises to marry profit with social impact.

To support this shift in how we think about success, growth, and profits, we’ve established a platform called One Billion Lives dedicated to bringing corporates, social entrepreneurs, consumers, and governments together to help scale the social entrepreneurship movement across the world. 

Buy social: SAP introduces 5 & 5 by ‘25

Social procurement is a powerful lever any organization can activate to deliver immediate social impact. By directing procurement spend to diverse and social-enterprise suppliers, organizations fulfill their business needs with quality goods and services and make a positive collective impact on the societies we operate in.

What is 5 & 5 by ‘25?

SAP aims to direct 5% of addressable procurement spend to social enterprises and to diverse suppliers by 2025.  This initiative, named 5 & 5 by ‘25, invites organizations around the world to join SAP in buying more goods and services from purposeful suppliers.

If you would like to sign up to participate in 5 & 5 by '25, please contact our team or learn more about our partners below.


Join us. The approach is simple:

  • Partner: Obtain expert guidance to start your journey from one of our qualified and certified intermediaries
  • Adopt: Define your social procurement strategy in a way that is appropriate for your business
  • Consume: Make use of the goods and services sourced from purposeful suppliers
  • Expand: Continually uncover new purposeful suppliers to increase the social impact within your supply chain


Together, we can transform industries, grow economies, lift up societies, and sustain our environment.

5 & 5 by ’25 is part of SAP One Billion Lives, a program whose ambition is to positively impact one billion lives by integrating social enterprises into the global economy through procurement practices.

Nonprofit partnerships and inclusive entrepreneurship

For more than a decade, SAP has been establishing trust and building capacity for social enterprises, from inspiring early-stage innovation and new ventures with partners like We Are Family Foundation, to accelerating and scaling mature social enterprises.

View Social Entrepreneurship sessions at SAPPHIRE NOW 2020

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Delivering meaningful impact with our SAP Purpose Network of customers and partners

One billion lives against COVID-19

As we help governments, customers, and partners cope with the COVID-19 crisis, we marshal our individual and collective expertise to fight COVID-19 through our flagship social intrapreneurship program: SAP One Billion Lives.

Advancing social enterprise with big business

The SAP ecosystem of partners – including for and not-for-profit organizations – can provide social entrepreneurs with new business opportunities and markets.

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Diverse crisis conditions, while disruptive, inspire rapid and important changes on a global scale. The SAP.iO program has been delving deep to support startups that can help businesses and the world adapt.

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