Curious as I was, I registered myself at the milk career fair as soon as I heard that this is a career fair focusing on diversity and encouraging the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community in particular to join, get inspired and informed about job opportunities. I came across the SAP booth, informed myself about SAP’s diversity concept and was surprised about SAP’s effort on supporting communities. Employee-driven efforts go even beyond the given corporate contribution and help to become SAP’s vision a daily process and part of the company culture: to make the world run better and improve people’s lives.
As I made some research about SAP’s LGBT community, called HomoSAPiens, I was made aware of SAP’s commitment against bullying due to the “It Gets Better” initiative – already before my first step into any SAP building.
Although given that research background I still had to pass the application process. Fortunately I did and tried afterwards to find out how I can become part of a huge network and how I can contribute towards SAP’s vision.
Due to Moya’s approach to produce the “It Gets Better: SAP Employees” video and due to the participation of many SAP employees an emotional, lovely movie had been created, which Moya made successfully a major part of a forum to discuss the current state of teen bullying at SAP Labs in Palo Alto on June 7, 2012. Miguel, beside Moya another member of HomoSAPiens, was the passionate lead in Germany bringing this kind of event to SAP Headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, hosting it on November 27, 2012.
With approximately 200 employees on- and offline, their friends and families as well as several representatives of 14 external organizations joining the “It Gets Better” event, it became once again a multiplier of increasing the awareness of bullying issues and moreover spreading the word of hope.
Being involved within the organization of the “It Gets Better” event and seeing the result – a successful event touching people and making them aware of bullying – is an astonishing moment to realize how strong the work of one community can be and that SAP values and supports it even on Board level.
It had been interesting two month since I started working for SAP, so let’s see what SAP and communities within SAP will have in store for me within the next four month – until I pass my internship.
I’d like to end this blog by answering the question: which next steps could be helpful for all of us?
Share the “It Gets Better: SAP Employees” video, tweet* it, act against bullying, even share your fears to openly discuss the topic and finally spread the word of hope that it will get better!
*for tweeting, please use both hashtags #itgetsbetter and #sap in all your tweets, thanks.