Corporate Social Responsibility
Driving long-term social impact
Global developments, such as climate change, poverty, and increasing inequality, are serious issues that all stakeholders in the worldwide economy must face. At SAP, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is part of our holistic sustainability framework. We put its purpose into action by helping the world run better and improving people’s lives with sustainability at the core. The SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (SAP CSR) team focuses on three pillars: accelerating social business, building future skills, and collaborating for sustainability.
SAP engagement and impact in 2021
lives impacted by SAP CSR programmes.
employees engaged in learning and volunteering.
nonprofits and social enterprises supported worldwide.
SAP volunteer hours in 2021.
CSR partner network reach.
Accelerating social business
Social enterprises are the catalysts for positive change, serving the world’s most vulnerable people and ecosystems. For more than a decade, SAP CSR has invested in the growth of this sector by providing on-site and virtual pro bono consulting programmes to our 100,000 employees. This supports social enterprises on their journey to run better and become corporate-ready for supply chain integration. By fostering the social procurement movement, SAP enables social enterprises to access new B2B markets.
Buy social: SAP introduces 5 & 5 by ‘25
Social procurement is a powerful lever any organisation can activate to deliver immediate social impact. By directing procurement spend to diverse and social-enterprise suppliers, organisations fulfil 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 organisations 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:
Together, we can transform industries, grow economies, lift up societies, and sustain our environment.
TRANSFORM Support Hub
Together with MovingWorlds, TRANSFORM, and Unilever, SAP has launched the TRANSFORM Support Hub.
This is a collaborative ecosystem aimed at building capacity for social enterprises seeking to enter and grow within corporate supply chains. The TRANSFORM Support Hub is the global one-stop online shop for nonfinancial support of social enterprises, bringing together the best offerings available from the public, private, and social sectors to support social entrepreneurs globally.
The TRANSFORM Support Hub will play a critical role in 5 & 5 by ‘25. It will also support other organisations' social procurement commitments, such as Unilever's US$1 billion diverse spend commitment and Google's US$2.5 billion diverse spend commitment, creating and connecting a pipeline of corporate-ready social enterprises to procurement professionals globally. The TRANSFORM Support Hub will go beyond achieving social procurement spend targets to help organisations:
- Achieve their ESG goals by engaging employees in what matters most to them
- Tap into the US$500 billion opportunity for impact and more resilient supply chains across corporations, professionals, social enterprises, and impact investment firms
Acceleration Collective is a virtual pro bono initiative from SAP, powered by MovingWorlds, that connects the skills of SAP employees everywhere with social entrepreneurs anywhere to solve critical business challenges. Together, we are shaping the business of future.
Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship
SAP joined World Economic Forum as a founding member of the Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, an unprecedented collaboration between more than 1000 global leaders in social entrepreneurship that impacts the lives of more than two billion people.
Building future skills
We invest in innovative education models and foster our engagement with multistakeholder partnerships to enable pathways to employment and entrepreneurship in the digital and green economy for underrepresented, underserved, and underprivileged youth between the ages of 16 to 24.
SAP and University of the People
Educate the leaders of tomorrow
SAP is partnering with University of the People to provide 100 scholarships to refugees and displaced youth around the world. These scholarships will support 50 bachelor’s degrees in computer science or business administration and 50 associate degrees for students aged 18–30. University of the People is the first nonprofit, tuition-free, and American-accredited online university dedicated to providing access to higher education globally.
Read the announcement from Julia White, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and chief marketing and solutions officer.
Meet and Code
Meet and Code, SAP’s signature coding initiative in Europe, aims to enable NGOs to reach out to young people and get them excited about the possibilities of IT. Currently, Meet and Code has enabled over 5,700 events with more than 209,000 young participants in urban and remote locations in 35 European countries.
UNICEF and SAP
Through our partnership with UNICEF and Generation Unlimited (GenU), we’ve reached more than three million youths in India, Turkey, and Vietnam in three years. The partnership has been extended for three years with a new program that supports learning to earning pathways in the digital and green economies for under-served young people.
Code Unnati is a future skills development initiative to democratize and universalize technology education by fostering school to workforce, future-ready skilling, workforce readiness, and employability skilling among socioeconomically disadvantaged youth across India. Since its inception, Code Unnati has trained 4,680,288 students.
Skill Immersion Lab
SAP developed Skill Immersion Lab with JFFLabs to use virtual reality to teach students communication skills and effective leadership techniques. It integrates immersive learning through virtual reality with instructor guidance and discussion. In 2021, the program launched at three diverse sites in North America and shows promising results.
Learning for Life
The challenge for today’s workforce is ensuring people have the skills needed to remain relevant in a digital world. SAP offers learning opportunities for all – enabling people to thrive with meaningful work in a digital world.
Africa Code Week
Africa Code Week is SAP’s signature coding initiative in Africa and the continent’s largest digital skills program. Since 2015, the program has reached millions of African teachers and children and plans to partner closely with policymakers and governments to help transform Africa’s education agenda by including digital literacy in the national curricula.
Collaborating for sustainability
94% of SAP employees acknowledge the importance of pursuing purpose and sustainability. SAP CSR empowers them to take action on causes they care about. In 2021, more than 20,000 SAP employees engaged in volunteerism and learning experiences promoting SAP’s commitment to create positive economic, social, and environmental impact within planetary boundaries. Collectively, they dedicated more than 107,000 volunteer hours across the globe.
Moments of Service at SAP
At SAP, employees are meaningfully engaged all year round. The “Moments of Service” campaign focuses on learning and awareness-building and enables employees to get involved by amplifying the numerous volunteer offerings that are available throughout the year and across the globe.
Pro Bono for Economic Equity
Acknowledging both the inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19 and the racial injustices of the past, SAP has expanded its skills-based pro bono programming to include the Pro Bono for Economic Equity program in the U.S., South Africa, Brazil, and the UK – all countries dealing with racial inequity.
ASEAN Young Climate Leaders Programme
ASEAN Young Climate Leaders Programme (ASEANYCLP), created by ASEAN Foundation and SAP and supported by GIZ and Common Purpose, allows young people of different ASEAN nationalities to join hands in contributing to climate action.