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Public Policy

  • SAP advises governments on how to drive innovation and address societal challenges through the effective use of digital technologies.
  • SAP maintains government relations offices around the world.
  • We are a member of several trade associations across the globe.

SAP has developed trusting relationships with governments worldwide by exploring the potential for information and communications technology (ICT) to spur economic growth, create jobs, and address societal challenges.

In Europe, SAP maintains government relations offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom, with Belgium hosting our European Union (EU) Representation Office. In the Americas, SAP has established a government relations presence in Washington, D.C., in the United States, and São Paulo, Brazil. Additional offices are located in China, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.

SAP engages with governments around the globe on a number of public policy issues, including the creation of reasonable framework conditions for new technologies or business models such as cloud computing and Big Data. For example, we participate in the European Cloud Partnership, which has a primary goal of promoting the adoption of cloud computing and the creation of a single market for cloud services in Europe.

SAP is also developing best practices to ensure cybersecurity and the protection of personal data in the digital economy. SAP favors global policy frameworks and international standards that enable global trade of digital products and services and the free flow of data across borders.

We advise governments on how to drive innovation and address societal challenges through the effective use of digital technologies. For example, SAP serves on the High Level Group of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities to foster sustainable development. Together with the German Chancellor and the Federal Minister of Economics, SAP actively engages in Germany’s National IT Summit, which has an overall objective to promote and implement the digital agenda in Germany.

We also cooperate with governments to promote the development of ICT skills and entrepreneurship, as well as to empower small and midsize enterprises as key enablers of economic growth and job creation. SAP addresses the skills gap globally through initiatives such as our SAP University Alliances and SAP Skills for Africa programs, Africa Code Week, EU Code Week, the EU Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, and the Business Backs Education global advocacy campaign. Together with the Bipartisan Congressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, and before members of the U.S. Congress, SAP executives presented Project Propel, an elite SAP initiative to build next-generation talent for the digital enterprise.

We secure and support high profile thought leadership opportunities to appear before governments and demonstrate our expertise in advancing a new wave of innovation enabled by business analytics, in-memory computing, cloud computing, and enterprise mobility.

Memberships in Trade Associations

SAP is a member of several trade associations across the globe, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Manufacturers; Organization for International Investment; TechAmerica; Information Technology Industries Council; Association of Climate Change Officers; BITKOM; Federation of German Industries; VDMA; Plattform Industrie 4.0; Deutschland sicher im Netz e.V.; Transatlantic Business Council; DIGITALEUROPE; European Roundtable of Industrialists; Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; and the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce.

SAP believes in transparency in the political process. Accordingly, we are registered in the European Transparency Register for interest representatives. In the United States, our company is registered and reports in compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act.

Political Contributions

In principle, SAP does not support any political parties. Under the laws of the United States, a number of SAP employees continue to exercise their right to create a political action committee (PAC). The SAP America PAC is an independent, registered, and strictly regulated organization that allows eligible employees in the United States to support political candidates at the state and federal level. Consistent with U.S. law, SAP SE exercises no control over or influence in the SAP America PAC. SAP America PAC expenditures are transparent and available on the website for the U.S. Federal Election Commission.

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