SAP SE – Walldorf – HeadquartersDietmar-Hopp-Allee 16
69190 Walldorf Germany
- Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
- MSCIS AAA ranking
- Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI)
- Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Global Good Company Rankingoekom Prime Rating
- CDP A-rating
CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
2018 UN IMPACT2030 Innovation Award for “Collaboration for Good.” The award recognizes organizations that direct the collective skills, experience and talent of corporate volunteers towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Company Sustainable Activity
SAP aims to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint for SAP’s operations by 2025. This includes all direct, indirect, and selected categories of value chain greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) such as business flights, employee commuting, and co-locations of data centers. SAP will continue existing initiatives and programs to drive efficiency and innovation to avoid and reduce GHG emissions, following its approach “avoid – reduce – compensate.”
When assessing its impact on society, SAP consider two key areas: Firstly, it looks at the contribution it makes towards the fulfilment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its software solutions; and secondly, SAP considers its efforts to make the world a better place through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.
SAP pursues partnerships with the World Economic Forum (WEF), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Women, and UN Global Compact, as well as other organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In this way, SAP drives ideas, innovation, execution, and adoption for solutions to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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.
In 2019, we continued to improve waste segregation, evolve our processes, and reduce waste at many offices across the globe. As part of our ISO14001 program, SAP sites such as Dublin, Sofia, Vancouver, Walldorf, and other locations improved recycling through waste diversion programs or new waste bin systems. In addition, we support the reuse of IT equipment internally through used-equipment shops in some country locations. We reduced our paper usage by 43% since 2009. Initiatives such as our global printing optimization have supported this decrease, despite a 110.8 % increase in employee headcount over the same period. Among other improvements, this initiative sets printers to produce double-sided, black-and-white printouts by default. In 2019, we continued our approach of paperless contracting. By using the SAP Signature Management application by DocuSign, which enables electronic signatures, we were able to cut down the printing of paper-based contracts by more than 190,000 pages in 2019 (2018: 194,000 pages). We have also successfully changed working behavior to significantly reduce the number of pages that our employees print. A secure pull printing system requires that employees bring their ID badges to a printing device to activate a job. This ensures better document security, and makes people think about whether the printout is really needed. More than 89,000 employees are currently using this system. Through all of these initiatives, our printing volume has gone down by 25. 8 million pages in total since 2014. SAP employees can access a printing dashboard that shows the company’s progress in reducing paper consumption at global, regional, and country levels. At our headquarter cafeterias in Walldorf and St. Leon Rot, we implemented a smart technology to analyze, measure, monitor, and reduce food waste. This allows us to better plan meals. In 2019, we were able to avoid 16. 8 tons of food waste. In St. Leon Rot, we have also collaborated with Foodsharing, an initiative of volunteers who collect leftover food and distribute it in the local communities
In 2019, SAP published its latest global environmental policy, which now also includes a goal to phase out single-use plastics by the end of 2020. We therefore launched the ‘beyond single-use plastics’ initiative to identify and eliminate single-use plastics and introduce sustainable alternatives. Successful projects such as the reduction of single-use plastics in Dublin and Galway or the recent introduction of reusable coffee mugs in Buenos Aires and New York City serve as best practices. In October 2019, we launched the ‘no time to waste’ employee campaign to actively involve employees in the project and raise awareness of the global plastics crisis. Furthermore, we have already been able to reduce the use of plastic water bottles in some of our locations, such as Brussels, Caen, Perth, Walldorf, and St. Leon-Rot. At SAP Perth alone, SAP was able to avoid over 3,000 bottles per year.
SAP’s education initiatives help people attain the relevant 21st-century skills to thrive and secure decent, meaningful work, including entrepreneurial pursuits, in a digital world. In 2018, its digital skills and coding programs trained 34,000 teachers, engaged 2.8 million young people and spanned 93 countries.
SAP CSR carefully selects non-profit and social enterprise partners primarily in the areas of quality education, workforce preparedness, and youth entrepreneurship. It provides skills, technology expertise, and access to markets to accelerate these partners’ ability to drive sustainable social impact and systemic change. In 2018, SAP built capacity for over 800 organizations through in-kind contributions of €3.4 million, impacting more than 1 million lives globally.
SAP Headquarters in the US joins another LEED certified building on the 110 acre campus of SAP America, which is surrounded by a wooded area. Offices to the north enjoy sweeping views of the woods, while the south side is made up of a wood-laminated glass covered atrium. In the winter, the sun reaches in through the louvered shades to warm up the open space, while in the summer, the louvers protect the space from becoming overheated.
A large green roof covers the entire building, providing insulation and reducing heat gain, while rainwater collectors trap rainwater for storage in a 50,000-gallon cistern that supplies water for landscape irrigation and the flushing of toilets in some of the building’s bathrooms. Native and regional vegetation are used in the landscaping. The building also features geothermal wells, calibrated lighting systems, an ice energy storage system, and under-floor air distribution to reduce energy use.
- ISO 14001
- ISO 50001
- LEED Certified Platinum building
Sustainable Development Goals
SAP has been ranked highly on various sustainability indices, suggesting that their sustainability goals are being well implemented. SAP aims to reduce net carbon to zero by 2025 – importantly, this also includes indirect GHG emissions, such as employee travel, as well as direct GHG emissions – this is an ambitious, but positive goal, showing the company’s commitment to and recognition of the importance of sustainability at all levels. SAP’s focus on the UN SDGs and partnerships also show this recognition of the importance of sustainability. However, in a Register article (see under extra reading), SAP has been criticised for partnering with Accenture to use artificial intelligence to increase visibility into operations and cash flow in the upstream oil and gas sector, therefore indirectly supporting fossil fuels. This is a recent development – as SAP has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025, it is unclear how this will affect SAP’s commitment to sustainability, but is definitely a negative strike against SAP sustainability record and ranking