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On August 14, more than 30 SAP employees partnered with customer Consumers Energy (CMS) to help beautify the neighborhood surrounding their headquarters in Jackson, Michigan.  Rounding out the agenda of a utilities meeting hosted by CMS, SAP volunteers worked on a number of service tasks in
support of the Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (CPCAN), the Jackson Interfaith Homeless Shelter, the Jackson YMCA and the Partnership Park Downtown Neighborhood Association. This partnership truly embodies the spirit of how corporations are working together to make the world run better.

“Giving back to our communities is what Consumers Energy is all about,” said John Butler, CEO of Consumers Energy. With Corporate Social Responsibility at the heart of SAP DNA, employees were quick to step up and volunteer in this joint service event. 

It’s rewarding when we can come together as one with our amazing ecosystem to maximize impact and that’s why this year for October’s Month of Service, we encourage SAP employees to invite their customers and partners to participate in one of the 275 projects we have across the region. It’s a great way to build and nurture those relationships and increase the positive social impact we have in the places where we live and work. Reach out to csr.na@sap.com if you’re interested. 

Our customers agree. Mamatha Chamarthi, Vice President and CIO of Consumers Energy, was pleased to see something that started as a small idea for a community service day in Jackson blossom into what she hopes to soon be an on-going annual event with and of CMS’s partners, such as SAP.  “The great benefit of community service is the personal satisfaction you get from making communities better and improving the quality of life for the people who live there,” said Mamatha. 

“When CMS approached us to participate in this service project, we jumped at the opportunity,” explained Michael Clark, Director Sales Alliances and Volunteer Ambassador.  His co-ambassador, Jimmy Lewis, Senior Account Executive, said, “we drive revenue, we deliver customer satisfaction…but this was an opportunity to help our neighbors who need it most.”

Visit our SAP volunteer management site for a complete list of service project in the region. To find out more about engaging our customers in our CSR activities, contact the NA CSR team.

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