Discrimination has been ingrained into societies across centuries and continents and continues in many countries around the world. Officially frowned upon as a violation of rights in most countries, discriminatory treatment based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or status still persists.
Technology in the hands of organizations committed to eliminating inequality can help make a difference. And so, can data. Open-data initiatives are pushing governments around the world to provide the public with data that can help improve accountability. This is the kind of accountability that is required if leaders are to take very real steps to eliminate inequality.
With our world increasingly centered on technology, access is foundational to achieving equality. The billions who still lack an on-ramp to the information superhighway may face one of the biggest inequalities of the 21st century.
SAP Is Doing Its Part to Help Reduce Inequalities
We are committed to helping eliminate discrimination and giving all people an equal chance in life. Our solutions are designed to help our customers do the same. In collaboration with SAP Ariba, IAG created and launched an internal diversity marketplace to enable its employees to channel their spend to make a positive impact on local communities. With IAG’s drive and focus, SAP Ariba expanded its supplier community connected to Ariba Network in Australia with suppliers from diverse backgrounds, like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and women-owned businesses, that will be available to all local and regional buyers using SAP Ariba Buying in Australia.
SAP is also expanding its Business Beyond Bias focus to help other companies optimize existing features throughout the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite. This helps to eliminate inherent biases around gender, age, and ethnicity and experienced by differently-abled and LGBT communities.
Together with SAP, Terex Corporation, a leading heavy-equipment manufacturer, is unifying HR and engaging employees to build a manufacturing business beyond bias. By putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of its global talent management strategy, Terex is onboarding more women, veterans, and other underrepresented talent. To support this mission, simplify and streamline their HR-related activities, and increase engagement, Terex chose SAP SuccessFactors solutions.
To counter unconscious bias in compensation, Pay Equity and the SAP SuccessFactors solution portfolio provide data that, when anonymized and analyzed with machine-learning capabilities, can provide insight into the behavior of more than 150 million employees around the world. By this, we help ensure they manage, develop, reward, and compensate talent without bias.
At the same time, we also focus on making our software work for more people and making our products more accessible for differently-abled people through accessibility features, defined accessibility requirements, and processes. Additionally, SAP was recognized in the Disability Equality Index as one of the best places to work in 2021, scoring 100%.
SAP Ariba solutions help Muru Office Supplies streamline its purpose-driven business, so it can focus on creating a pathway for indigenous people. In this way, Muru secures a reliable income for its employees and gives back part of its profits to the indigenous community programs in the Torres Strait Islands of Australia.
At SAP, we are dedicated to eliminating bias in the workplace and drive a broad range of activities to create an inclusive environment for our own workforce. For instance, SAP is one of the first supporters of the UN Corporate Standards of Conduct on Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI People. Its aim is to identify actions that companies can take to eliminate workplace discrimination. As part of this commitment, SAP recently updated their Gender Transition Guidelines, which have been used to support transgender employees around the world.
SAP became the first multinational technology company to be awarded with the global gender equality certification from the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) organization. This is the premier standard and methodology for evaluating corporate commitment to gender equality launched at the World Economic Forum. Two years later, we were recertified. We aim to lead the tech industry in opportunities for women and support STEM-related initiatives, including the European Center for Women and Technology, Girls Who Code, Girl Smarts, and TechGirlz.
Our company has a multitude of programs and activities aimed at supporting female talent. We are increasing the number of women in leadership positions through initiatives such as a monthly Women’s Professional Growth Webinar Series, which has reached more than 6,800 employees in 43 countries. Based on the wide range of programs, SAP was able to achieve its target of 25% women in leadership in mid-2017, and we are making progress toward our goal to reach 30% by 2022.
The SAP Women Forward program is committed to gender equality, enabling change, and driving a level of diversity of thought, engagement with customers and purchase consideration. SAP Next-Gen also connects universities and its purpose partners to The Female Quotient and its FQ Lounge: Home of Equality On Campus program. In May 2019, SAP and The Female Quotient together launched the FQ app. Built on the SAP Business Technology Platform, the FQ app provides a platform for connection and collaboration among next-generation female leaders.
Furthermore, SAP is proud to be one of 50 companies to support the Hispanic Promise, a first-of-its-kind diversity and inclusion pledge for Hispanics.
SAP accelerates digital inclusion to shape the modern economy: SAP’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy powers the global economy by building digital skills and accelerating systemic, sustainable change.
As the first company in the business software industry, SAP pledges to commit up to 40% of the investable capital in the SAP.iO Fund and scale the SAP.iO Foundries program with a focus on inclusive entrepreneurship. By this means, over 200 startups led by women and underrepresented entrepreneurs can be funded and incubated.
In light of the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter movement, SAP has reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion and has increased its investment in social justice reform and Black-owned businesses and enterprises. Over the next three years, SAP is taking several concrete steps towards social justice. As an example, we are partnering with Global Citizen, the world’s largest movement of action takers and impact makers. During the Corona crisis, they launched the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign to ensure no one is left behind in the global fight to tackle COVID-19.
Supporting this effort, SAP has committed new investments to the Acumen Fund. The Acumen Fund invests in social enterprises serving marginalized communities in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the US to boost sustainable businesses and fight poverty.
As a continuation of these efforts to establish social and economic equity, SAP has developed a new offering – Pro Bono for Economic Equity, where teams of SAP employees will offer pro-bono consulting to Black-owned businesses and social enterprises through 2021.
SAP is also adding direct support for social justice reform through the Equal Justice Initiative. To execute on its strategy to further increase diversity in the workforce, SAP has set a new goal to double the representation of African American talent in the U.S. in the next three years.
More on SAP's Contribution
- Our commitment to a world of equality
- About diversity and inclusion at SAP
- Diversity in tech: Black employee network at SAP
- SAP was recognized as Germany’s DAX30 #1 top employer for LGBT+ inclusion
- SAP America has achieved for 7th consecutive year the "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality" recognition due to the perfect score in the HRC Corporate Equality Index.
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