17 Global Goals to Achieve a Sustainable Future

See how SAP is supporting the 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 responsibility to embrace collaboration and innovate with purpose to create a world without poverty, a healthier planet, and a just, peaceful society by 2030 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 more than a decade, we reinforce our pledge 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, measure and reduce emissions and innovate new business models to thrive in the digital and experience economy. Our solutions help eradicate slavery from supply chains, propel a low-carbon, zero waste and circular economy, eliminate inequality, and educate people who never had the chance to enter a classroom.

Committed to the framework with a focus on eight specific SDGs

Over the past two and half years, we learned from our key stakeholders that credible contributions to the SDGs require tangible links between an activity or tool and the intended social, environmental, and economic impact. Otherwise the story becomes arbitrary.

So while we remain committed to the SDG framework, we understood the importance of focusing on eight specific SDGs that show a material link between our own operational activities or the use of our software by customers and the impact we can have as a company:

Inspired by the work of the Stockholm Resilience Center, we believe that we can create the biggest and most direct value within the economic layer with the help of our core competency of improving business process management, resulting in a specific focus on UN Global Goals 8, 9, 10, and 12.
Our aspiration towards a Zero Waste, Circular Economy nicely combines our approach to be a role model and an enabler for Goal 12, “Responsible Consumption and Production.” Within our own operations, we will pay special attention to Goals 3, 4, 13, and 17, tackling health and well-being, education, climate action, and collaboration.

In the materiality analysis that is part of our Integrated Report 2019, we describe the potential positive and negative impact of our activities, products, and services related to these eight high-ranking SDGs in our materiality analysis.

The efforts highlighted in this web book make us equally proud and determined for the work to come. We invite you to join us and help achieve the UN Global Goals through individual initiatives as well as 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