As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. Founded in 1972, SAP (which stands for "Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing") has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. Today, SAP has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide. SAP applications and services enable more than 251,000 customers worldwide to operate profitably, adapt continuously and grow sustainably.
From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device, SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. We do this by extending the availability of software across on-premise installations, on-demand deployments and mobile devices.
We believe that the power of our people, products and partners unleashes growth and creates significant new value for our customers, SAP, and ultimately, entire industries and the economy at large.
Our mission is to help companies of all sizes and industries to run better. Our vision is to help the world run better.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Our Long-Term Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility
As a global business leader, SAP recognizes our corporate responsibility to helping businesses become more accountable and transparent to their stakeholders and to the world at large. We believe the private sector plays a vital role in generating strong economies, creating a level playing field, and building an environment that embraces education, technology, and innovation. As a multinational company engaged with customers and partners all over the globe, SAP delivers products and services that accelerate business innovation worldwide. We are committed to initiatives that work towards a sustainable world in which transparency and integrity are the building blocks of its foundation. SAP continually looks for ways to improve our own practices while simultaneously leveraging our technology offerings and role as business partner. As a result, we help our $6-trillion customer base improve their business development through resource-efficient growth, leading to sustainable social and macro-economic development.
As a major global company, SAP has both an opportunity and a social obligation to share best practice and use its considerable influence to encourage development of business ethics in alignment with its values in all markets where it does business. SAP’s CSR vision is based on the philosophy that IT-led innovation can drive economic development and parity through resource efficient growth. But rapid economic transformation requires an educated workforce and sound governance systems to manage the transformation and keep pace with the changing enterprise and the surrounding social infrastructure and governing institutions.
The Clear Purpose program is based on four pillars:
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We do this through programmes such as the University Alliances programme, ERP4 schools and through other activities like the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, Telkom Centres of Excellence, Our collaboration and partnership with the Sci-Bono Science Discovery Centre, CIDA ICT Academy, and IT Business Learnership Programme (ITBLP).
Transparency and Good Governance
Good governance accomplishes this in a manner essentially free of abuse and corruption, and with due regard for the rule of law. SAP is one of the first signatories of the UN Global Compact in 2000 and participates on the 10th principle working group to support the global effort to control corruption and ease associated poverty and injustice. SAP built the UN Global Compact Portal (2002; it was replaced later on), was a supporter of the study “Gearing Up” (2004) and a member of the advisory group for the 2005 Global Compact Summit in Shanghai. We have also signed the UN Global Compact Statement "Caring for Climate" in 2007. SAP is also a supporter of a number of other anti-corruption initiatives such as the Convention on Business Integrity (CBI) in Nigeria as well as the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo in partnership with the GTZ. We are actively engaged with supporting the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). SAP is the foundation partner of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Information Society Partnership for Africa's development (ISPAD). SAP is also working in close partnership with the James Trust in Africa to enable transparency and governance among virtual donors to AIDs orphans across Africa and the World.
Bridging the Digital Divide
We are doing this through our global First Lego League programme focusing on children between the ages of 9 and 16 years as well as other programmes such as the Siyafunda Community Technology Centres, our Graduate recruitment programme, Africa Drive programme as well as the Master and Doctoral programme in Africa.
SAP has a dual strategy of being both an exemplar of sustainability and helping our customers to become more sustainable organisations. SAP Africa recently was adjudged one of the top performers at the second Annual Africa Energy Awards. In addition SAP’s worldwide emissions of CO2 emissions for 2009 totalled 425 kilotons, a 16% decrease from 505 kilotons level of 2008 and well ahead of the established 2009 target. This equated to a monetary saving of 90 million Euros. The emissions decrease was achieved directly and without the application of offsets. This reporting was enabled through the SAP Carbon Impact on-demand solution.
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