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Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth; full and productive employment; and decent work for all

The growing digital economy is creating a greater demand for digital skills. 49% of the world population has Internet access and 95% of the population has cellphone signal coverage. These technologies are helping to level the enormous inequality in wages between emerging and developed countries. They also connect people anywhere to the global marketplace and offer enhanced opportunities for growth and prosperity. However, more progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, particularly for young people; reduce the gender pay gap and promote safe and secure working environments to ensure decent work for all. It is estimated that there are more than 40 million forced laborers as well as 150 million child laborers in global supply chains today. These laborers are forced to work for little or no pay and, in some cases, under the threat of violence. Creating transparency of products produced through slavery enables consumers to make a conscious decision with everything they buy.

SAP solutions not only help combat forced labor across the supply change but can also be used to create advanced job opportunities through digital training and increase worker safety worldwide.

Creating Advanced Job Opportunities and Combating Forced Labor

In 2019, SAP joined forces with 19 other international companies at the Global Alliance for YOUth at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The Global Alliance for YOUth sets out to tackle issues like automation and the global skills gap to build a better future for younger generations. In addition to preparing young people for quality jobs and responsible citizenship, the alliance acts as an open employment marketplace, offering opportunities for interested and flexible young people. The digital nature of the approach also includes massive open online courses (MOOCs). With free access to education, young professionals can prepare for job opportunities in both the classic as well as the digital economy.

At SAP, our purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Our technology is helping organizations like FRDM tackle the challenges of eliminating modern-day slavery from supply chains. For instance, SAP Ariba solutions are helping FRDM leverage the powerful community of more than 2 million companies that use Ariba Network. These organizations, which drive nearly US$1 trillion in commerce on an annual basis, will soon be able to identify businesses that use slave labor in their supply chains.

SAP is strengthening its support of the social enterprise sector by making it easier for organizations to find and do business with certified social enterprises on Ariba Network. SAP is the official technology partner of Social Enterprise UK, the expert body for the UK’s social enterprise sector. Together, we aim to facilitate better connections between corporate buyers and other employees with social enterprises, helping them spend better and in a more socially and environmentally sustainable way. The potential of this partnership is substantial. Globally, Ariba Network supports 2.3 times more commerce than Amazon, Alibaba, and eBay combined. SAP believes greater corporate procurement from social enterprises is key to improving the social and environmental impact of business.

In October 2020, SAP launched a groundbreaking social procurement initiative, 5 & 5 by ’25, aiming to direct 5% of SAP’s addressable procurement spend with social enterprises and 5% with diverse businesses by 2025. This is just the next step in SAP’s commitment to social procurement.

AFRIKA KOMMT! is a joint training initiative for young professionals from Africa that was founded in Germany in 2008. This year, eight young future leaders from Africa were chosen from the talent-pool by SAP. In early 2020, COVID-19 caused economic disruptions that forced many of the African trainees to work remotely. This brought the additional challenge of being in a foreign country and taking part in a highly competitive program. SAP is happy to have retained the skills of 88% of this year’s participants – an outstanding achievement considering the disruptive impact of the pandemic.

NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders, brings job opportunities to high school students: They support kids and students in underserved communities. NAF’s educational design ignites students’ passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America’s future workforce. NAF is gradually transforming the learning environment to include STEM-infused, industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences. To increase their impact and reach millions of students, they use innovative SAP technology, especially SAP SuccessFactors.

CenterPoint Energy chose to implement the incident management capabilities of the SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management to capture leading-indicator safety data to help prevent incidents and injuries. The system was a key component of a very successful strategy to increase employee participation as evidenced by the usage statistics and also the large number of observation records entered. All of this data coming in allows safety teams to mitigate risks, solve problems, and ultimately show significant decreases in safety incidents.

One of the world’s largest gold producers relies on SAP to ensure worker safety and increase its productivity. Previously, manual administrative processes required field supervisors at Newcrest Mining to return to their desks for simple, routine tasks. With the SAP Business Technology Platform and SAP Mobile Services they now can access real-time data while on the field, allowing them to anticipate breakdowns and making work safer for its miners. By harnessing the mobile capabilities of the SAP Business Technology Platform, Newcrest apps is able to set a new gold standard for mining operations.

True to its status as a leader in the construction industry, Cosapi responded immediately to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. Just a few days after lockdown in Peru began, Cosapi began tracking the health status of its employees by using a new and free extension for SAP SuccessFactors solutions, gathering insights into both their mental and physical health. The company also enabled its workforce to work from home by digitalizing processes and thus, ensuring their workers could social distance as much as possible.

The ability to understand and address the expectations and needs of their 95,000 employees is the primary focus of Koç Holding during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Leveraging Employee Pulse from Qualtrics – made available for free by SAP in response to the crisis – enabled Koç Holding to quickly reach thousands of employees and implement new benefits that improved their employees’ overall well-being, reducing anxiety levels from 60% to 12%.

SAP also joined MovingWorlds S-Grid (Sustainable Growth of Revenues for International Development) as a launch partner to deliver capacity building in support of growing social entrepreneurs’ revenue through corporate supply chains. SAP’s participation helps social enterprises grow, accelerate impact, and create world-positive jobs, while embedding sustainability into a more equitable and regenerative economy.

The global pandemic forced many of us to re-adjust our way of working. SAP was no exception and so most of the 100,000 employees worked from home. Recently, SAP’s CEO Christian Klein announced the company’s Pledge to Flex, allowing all employees to decide whether to work from home or at the office and thus creating a 100% flexible and trust-based workplace.