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Environmental Performance

A company’s environmental impact is more important than ever. Here you will find a summary of the related performance indicators in 2020.

Emissions & E-Waste

In light of the worsening climate crisis, decreasing our own environmental impact is at the top of SAP’s sustainability agenda.

Total Net Carbon Emissions

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to our own mitigation measures, we have experienced a significant decrease in our 2020 carbon emissions to 135 kt (2019: 300 kt). We now aim to become carbon neutral in our own operations by 2023, two years earlier than previously planned.


Our e-waste comes from data center servers and from IT equipment including PCs, peripherals, and mobile devices. In multiple SAP locations, we cooperate with international and local e-waste disposal partners to refurbish and recycle our e-waste. 


Energy consumption overall dropped during 2020 as a majority of our employees moved to a remote working model, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total Energy Consumption

Facilities management staff design and operate our facilities based on robust environmental standards. In addition, our IT operations personnel is committed to optimizing energy consumption in our data centers.

Total Data Center Electricity

We have introduced initiatives to drive efficiency and innovation with respect to our buildings, data center operations, and infrastructure. 

Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD)

The TCFD recommends companies to disclose their climate-related financial risks to investors, lenders, insurers, and other stakeholders. SAP started to report in alignment with the TCFD recommendations in 2018. For more information, see the table below.

Area Content Chapter
Governance SAP’s governance of climate-related risks and opportunities. Energy and Emissions
Strategy Actual and potential impacts of climate-related risks and opportunities on SAP’s businesses, strategy, and financial planning where such information is material. Energy and Emissions
Risk Management and Risks
Strategy and Business Model
Risk Management How does SAP identify, assess, and manage climate-related risks? Energy and Emissions
Metrics and Targets Metrics and targets that SAP uses to assess and manage relevant climate-related risks and opportunities where such information is material. Energy and Emissions
Risk Management and Risks
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Our Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a globally accepted framework which we use for communicating our purpose to “help the world run better and improve people’s lives.”The following table describes the potential positive and negative direct or indirect impacts of our company and of our products and services related to SDGs that have received a high ranking in our materiality analysis. This includes both social and environmental impacts. 

Our Potential Direct and Indirect Impact
Our KPIs and Targets
Our Policies and Selected Activities and Programs to Enhance Positive Impacts and Mitigate Negative Impacts
Where You Can Find More Information in the SAP Integrated Report and Other Sources
SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being
(+) Provide access to a healthy lifestyle and a safe and healthy working environment for our employees

(+) Enhance safe and healthy working conditions, healthcare, and personalized medicine on a global scale

(–) Increase transparency of physical, medical, and health conditions of individuals, which might be abused
Business Health Culture Index
Global Health and Safety Management Policy; Employee Assistance Program; Corporate Oncology Program for Employees; Mental Health Initiative

SAP Solutions for Healthcare, SAP Environment, Health and Safety Management, SAP SuccessFactors; Corona-Warn-App
SDG 4 Quality Education
(+) Train and educate SAP employees
(+) Build capability in our ecosystem and among our customers
Engaging four million children, youth, and young adults in digital skills and coding programs by 2021
Cloud-based learning management system for employees

openSAP; CSR digital literacy programs; SAP digital learning initiative
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
(+) Create decent jobs at SAP through our growth plans, specifically in developing markets
(+) Create three million jobs in our ecosystem (based on a 2017 study by SAP and PwC)
(+) Enable an inclusive economy
(+) Combat forced and child labor throughout supply chains
(–) Fuel negative effects on employment through digitalization and automation; potentially increase precarious jobs

Number of employees

SAP recruiting programs

SAP Rural Sourcing Management; 
SAP Ariba Supplier Risk; 
Partnership with Social Enterprise UK 
SDG 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
(+) Increase inclusive and sustainable industrialization through SAP’s investments in research and development (including in developing countries)
(+) Support providers of infrastructure, financial services and clean technologies
(+) Provide “Best Practice” business processes through standard software solutions
(+) Integrate small and medium-sized enterprises into global value chains and markets
SAP Labs Network; One Billion Lives initiative fostering purpose-driven innovation
SAP support for startups through various programs
SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities
(+) Ensure equal opportunity and inclusion of all employees, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or other status
(+) Enable an inclusive economy by providing tools and systems to foster inclusion of all in workforce and supply chains
(–) Decouple societal groups from entire areas of employment through an accelerated digital divide and lack of digital skills

30% women in management by year end 2022
Double the representation of African-American talent in the U.S. over the next three years
Reach 5% of annual addressable procurement spend with social enterprises and with diverse businesses by 2025A
Human Rights Commitment Statement; Diversity & Inclusion programs including EDGE certification; SAP Global Anti-Discrimination Policy; 5 & 5 by ’25 initiative
SAP Ariba Supplier Risk Management; Partnerships with Global Citizen and Female Quotient
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
(+) Drive sustainable business practices and integrated reporting
(–) Use energy, water, and resources; produce waste
(+) Decouple economic prosperity from resource consumption by enabling transparency and optimizing resource productivity in linear or circular economies
(–) Increase absolute resource and energy consumption because efficiency gains through automation may be counteracted (rebound effect)
We drive resource productivity with an aspiration to a world with zero waste.
Beyond Single-Use Plastics initiative; Supplier Code of Conduct; Sustainable Procurement; e-waste recycling

SAP Plastics Challenge; 5 & 5 by ’25 initiative; SAP Ariba Supplier Risk Management; SAP Digital Supply Chain; SAP Rural Sourcing Management; SAP Logistics Business Network and Material Traceability
SDG 13 Climate Action
(+) Assume responsibility for products in use-related emissions by running customer applications in the SAP green Cloud
(–) Emit greenhouse gases
(+) Contribute to climate change mitigation and strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters of our customers
(+) Enable holistic operational steering by integrating climate-change relevant parameters and help understand and minimize the climate footprint of a company’s products, operations, and services
(–) Increase customers’ energy consumption through use of software
Become carbon neutral by 2023
Global Environmental Policy; Report and reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption; Procure 100% renewable electricity; Carbon impact relevance for Executive Board compensation
Green Cloud; Business ambition for 1.5°C; Climate 21 program; Product Carbon Footprint Analytics; Concur Travel, and TripIT
SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals
(+) Build capacity throughout our broader ecosystem
Engage in UN Global Compact, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, UN Development Program, UNICEF, Social World Enterprise Forum, UN Technology and Innovation Labs (UNTIL), Global Alliance for YOUth, Value Balancing Alliance, Global Citizen, IMPACT 2030, WEF Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, WEF Global Plastic Action Partnership, Global Battery Alliance, SDG Ambition, BSR, Business Call to Action
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