Sustainability Q & A

Additional questions related to sustainability.

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  • What is SAP’s sustainability strategy?

    SAP defines sustainability as the holistic management of social, environmental, and economic risks and opportunities to increase short- and long-term profitability. In line with this definition, we aim to move from a separate sustainability strategy to a sustainable corporate strategy. This means we seek to embed sustainability in everything we do: our solutions, our operations, and our social investment.

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  • What solutions does SAP offer in the area of sustainability?

    SAP helps companies run more sustainably with innovations that increase profits, engage people and communities, and protect natural resources. Solutions from SAP help the world run better and more sustainably. SAP is helping its customers achieve more sustainable operations through a range of solutions that address energy, environmental, health, and safety needs.

    Specifically, SAP enables large and small enterprises to increase long-term and short-term profitability by holistically managing the opportunities and risks associated with economic, environmental, and societal concerns.

    • Operational risk management solutions help customers move beyond compliance to proactive risk reduction. SAP has introduced a mobile safety reporting application to encourage fast reporting of high-risk workplace situations, enabling companies to create a safety culture.
    • Product safety and stewardship solutions help ensure sustainable products and supply chains. SAP has introduced new levels of productivity with solutions that leverage the cloud, enabling collaboration and continuous updates, and creating a network where suppliers and customers can exchange needs for safety information.
    • Sustainability reporting and analytics solutions provide transparency and help drive corporate sustainability initiatives.
    • Energy and environmental resource management solutions help ensure regulatory compliance while minimizing energy costs and more efficiently using natural resources.

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  • What is integrated reporting and what is SAP’s involvement in it?

    The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC, defines integrated reporting as „a process that results in communication, most visibly a periodic ‚integrated report‘, about value creation over time. An integrated report is a concise communication about how an organization’s strategy, governance, performance and prospects lead to the creation of value over the short, medium and long term.“ SAP is a member of the IIRC pilot program and published the SAP Integrated Report 2013 – SAP’s second integrated report - in March 2014 at

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  • What is the employee engagement index?

    We define employee engagement as a score for the level of employee commitment, pride, and loyalty, as well as our employees’ feeling of being an advocate of SAP. It is calculated based on the results of regular employee surveys. In 2013, the employee engagement index was at 77%. For 2015, we target a score of 82%.

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  • How does SAP consider sustainability in its cloud strategy?

    Starting in 2014, SAP will power all its data centers and facilities globally with 100% renewable electricity. The shift will help minimize the company’s carbon footprint as it moves to a cloud business model, and will help eliminate carbon emissions caused by its customers’ systems by moving them into a green cloud.

    SAP has developed strict quality guidelines for the procurement of renewable energy certificates together with CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). These guidelines define the accepted sources of renewable energy (solar, wind, biogas, geothermal, and hydro; biomass is only considered if not related to deforestation), and that the power plant may not be older than 10 years.

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