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Autism Inclusion Pledge

SAP Autism Inclusion Pledge

Connect with Untapped Talent: Autistic Individuals Seeking Employment Opportunities

The SAP Autism Inclusion Pledge initiative aims to re-shape thinking about employment possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum.

 

Join a growing number of organizations who are in a journey to be more autism-inclusive by participating in the SAP Autism Inclusion Pledge! Once you sign-up for this complimentary program, you'll receive access to a treasure trove of resources to help you start, expand, or enhance your program.

 

Check out the SAP Purpose Network Live 5-part series, "SAP Autism at Work: Accelerating Workforce Inclusion" to learn about an increased interest to hire autistic individuals and tap into a highly skilled group of workers, who are often overlooked, and find themselves underemployed or unemployed.

 

Dive into SAP’s best practices to accelerate your autism inclusion journey.

 

Be Inspired – Take the Pledge – Make an Impact

Connecting for Inclusion

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[Intro Video] SAP’s groundbreaking Autism at Work program leverages the unique abilities and perspectives of colleagues on the autism spectrum to foster innovation as we help customers become intelligent enterprises.

This video provides an update on the SAP Autism Inclusion Pledge Community where a panel with Supriya Jha, SAP Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer; Sarah Loucks, SAP Autism at Work Global Lead; and Sean Gill, Associate Director of Neurodiversity in the Workplace share insights on the importance of keeping up the momentum regarding autism inclusion year-round. [1 min, 58 seconds]

To view the full session video please register

Celebrating Acceptance and Inclusion

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Expanding Perspectives: Stories Worth Sharing

April is Autism Acceptance Month! We cordially invite you to join us in building up awareness, celebrating contributions, and being true allies and advocates. 

Neurodiversity is a fundamental dimension of diversity that SAP
recognizes and values. Our colleagues on the spectrum have helped in fueling
our innovation, enhancing our engagement with both customers and employees, and driving business success in this rapidly changing, digital world.

On April 13, 2022, SAP and Google employees on the autism spectrum shared their professional and purpose-driven journeys.

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Christian Klein - SAP CEO

"Our colleagues on the autism spectrum significantly contribute to patent applications, innovations across the SAP product portfolio, and we also see improved management skills and greater empathy in teams. With the SAP Autism Inclusion Pledge, we want to help candidates on the spectrum break through preconceptions and stereotypes. We want to encourage more organizations to hire based on the unique strengths and skillsets every individual offers."

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We asked some of our SAP colleagues to reflect on autism inclusion in the workplace. Hear from a few neurodiverse colleagues and an SAP Autism at Work coach on the personal and organizational impact of autism inclusion programs. Learn more about how your organization can embrace neurodiversity in the workplace at www.sap.com/autisminclusionpledge.

About Autism

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Global Challenge

About 1 percent of the world population has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (CDC)

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Growing Prevalance

Globally, 1 in 160 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. (WHO)

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Advancing the Opportunity

Up to 90% of the autistic adults are under or unemployed and over half a million autistic individuals are moving into adulthood. (Autism Society)

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Worldwide Recognition

In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. (United Nations)

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SAP’s Experience

Over the years, our eyes have been continuously opened to more possibilities than originally anticipated by witnessing the contributions of our Autism at Work employees at SAP. Our colleagues have filed for patents, dramatically redesigned processes, spoken in front of the UN, and attained countless other achievements. 

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Untapped Talent

The growing interest in hiring neurodiverse individuals is motivated by companies looking to tap into a largely unnoticed labor pool at a time when many bemoan the lack of skilled workers. (Harvard Business Review)

Inspiring Videos

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Nico's Story: Posting Automation for ERP Systems

Reduce processing times for complex cross-company invoices from three days to 20 minutes? It’s possible with a new tool that was developed by Nicolas Neumann, winner of the Hasso Plattner Founders’ Award competition and part of SAP’s “Autism at Work” program.

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SAP Autism at Work Argentina

Let’s make the world run better by working together. SAP Autism at Work Argentina inspires us with a vision of a brighter future during the challenging times the world is facing. 

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Autism at Work Program Overview

By embracing the idea of neurodiversity in the workplace with the Autism at Work program, SAP is inspiring other companies to value different ways of thinking for their employees, and for how they do business in the world.

What's New

Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Stop Making Limiting Assumptions

[News] Supriya Jha, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at SAP, is a huge proponent of employing neurodivergent people at all levels of a company and urges us to expand our mindsets. Afterall, when we make assumptions about others, we not only limit our experience but also our own efficiencies.

Making New Norms: Autism in the Workplace

[Blog] Geovana Pascarelli is a pre-sales intern at SAP in Brazil. She's also an Autism at Work program member. Read about her experience and what employers can do to become more inclusive of #neurodiversity.

WorkLife with Adam Grant: A TED original podcast

[Podcast] Check out the April 14 episode of #WorkLife featuring  two SAP colleagues from SAP's Autism at Work program, Nico Neumann and Bianca Pacini. In this episode, Adam Grant explores how we can fight loneliness with strategies to create meaningful connections with anyone, including coworkers. 

Now hiring: What autistic people need to succeed in the workplace

[News] Autistic adults have more job opportunities than they used to, and a small neurodiverse workforce is thriving — but mainly at select companies that invest heavily in such employees.

Join the SAP Autism Inclusion Pledge: Connect with Untapped Talent

[Blog] The SAP Autism Inclusion Pledge aims to re-shape thinking about employment possibilities for individuals on the autism spectrum. Hiring autistic  people has proven to increase diversity of thought and drive innovation.

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