17 Global Goals to Achieve a Sustainable Future

See how SAP is supporting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and helping to end poverty, protect the planet, fight diseases, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

In September 2015, world leaders adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs - also called UN Global Goals). The goals aim to improve billions of lives around the world by 2030. The responsibility to embrace collaboration and innovate with purpose to create a world without poverty, a healthier planet, and a just, peaceful society must be shared globally.

Our vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. As a global leader, we stand for this higher purpose beyond economic success. As we look back at the sustainability journey that SAP has been on for the last 10 years, we reinforce our pledge is to use our extensive resources to make a positive global impact.

We help countries, private and public sector organizations, and everyday citizens control risk, achieve regulatory compliance, use resources efficiently, and innovate new business models to thrive in the digital and experience economy. Our solutions help eradicate slavery from supply chains, propel a zero waste and circular economy, eliminate gender inequality, and educate people who have never had the chance to enter a classroom.

While we remain committed to the whole UN Global Goals framework, over the past two years we learned from our key stakeholders that credible contributions to the UN Global Goals require a tangible link between an activity or tool and the intended social, environmental, and economic impact. Otherwise the story becomes arbitrary. This highlighted the importance of focusing on SDGs for which there is a material link between our own operational activities or the use of our software by customers.

Inspired by the work of the Stockholm Resilience Center, we believe that our core competency of business process management can create the biggest and most direct value within the economic layer at the center, resulting in a specific focus on UN Global Goals 8, 9, 10, and 12. Our aspiration to become a “zero waste” economy nicely combines our approach to be a role model and an enabler to contribute to goal 12, “responsible consumption and production.” Within our own operations we will pay special attention to goals 4, 5, 13, and 17 to tackle education, gender equality, climate action, and collaboration.

In our Integrated Report 2018, we describe, for the first time, the potential positive and negative impact of our activities, products, and services related to these SDGs that have received a high ranking in our materiality analysis.

We are proud of the efforts highlighted in this Web book, but we also know that much more work lies ahead. We invite you to join us and help achieve the UN Global Goals through individual initiatives or partnerships.

17 UN Global Goals - and How SAP and Our Customers Are Responding

No Poverty

Digital transformation can build a sustainable digital economy, ensure the future of work, and improve life for all around the world. Read more

Zero Hunger

With careful management across the entire supply chain and the help of digital technologies, we can ensure enough food is grown and distributed for everyone by 2050. Read more

Good Health and Well-Being

Increasing the health and well-being of people around the world may require significantly different approaches regionally and locally. Read more

Quality Education

To create sustainable futures, there must be educated workers who can support public sector organizations, private businesses, and other entities that fuel economic growth. Read more

Gender Equality

Millions of women and girls around the world experience gender inequality. It’s time to end the discrimination and provide the fundamental right of equality. Read more

Clean Water and Sanitation

As California proves, no country is immune to water shortage. Until scientists find solutions, water and waste management are crucial to meeting global demand. Read more

Affordable and Clean Energy

The energy industry embraces innovative new technologies to bring modern and sustainable electricity to the 1.3 billion people without access to power. Read more

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Youth unemployment and forced labor are serious but not insurmountable barriers to economic stability for millions of people worldwide. Read more

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Here’s why nonprofits, private enterprises, and companies are empowering entrepreneurs with the tools and support to make their dreams a reality. Read more

Reduced Inequalities

Reducing inequality within and among countries is one of the UN’s goals. Data and technology are important tools to achieve that dream. Read more

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Today, over half the earth’s population lives in cities. The UN is working to make those cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable for those living there today and tomorrow. Read more

Responsible Consumption and Production

Our global economy is dependent on finite resources. Find out how you can ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Read more

Climate Action

Most global disasters are climate related. Technology is helping to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity. Read more

Life Below Water

With oceans and inland water bodies covering 71% of the earth, we need to change what we are doing to stop harming them and the creatures who depend on them for survival. Read more

Life on Land

The UN Global Goal 15 aims to change the critical economic impact of endangered species with aggressive biodiversity goals for the next 15 years. Read more

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Governments naturally play a central role in bringing about peace and justice, but the private sector also has a role to play. Read more

Partnerships for the Goals

While it’s the last goal, it is absolutely essential to establishing the foundational infrastructure necessary to achieve the other 16 goals. Read more