The three pillars of innovation at SAP and 2013 results

Innovation takes place when great ideas are put into practice and allowed to make their mark on the world. 2013 was a year of continued giving with SAP CSR making significant strides towards driving innovation and building an environment that enhances education and entrepreneurship. The New Year is full of promise as we lay the groundwork for this progress to occur, in each of our local regions. We will continue to build our programs around our three pillars of Capital, Talent and Technology to make our vision a reality.

High Tech High Schools, our signature initiative, is launching in cities across North America: New York, Chicago and Vancouver. These high schools will be opening their doors to welcome their first incoming class as early as Fall 2014. Please make sure you keep an eye out for more news with all the details regarding our signature initiative, you can find more information in the “Signature Initiative” section of our newsletter.

Our partnerships are instrumental for us to achieve a shared vision of change. Through our joint initiatives we aim to increase underserved students’ understanding of and experiences with technology; inspire students to pursue technology studies and technology career pathways; and propel underserved youth entrepreneurs to recognize business opportunities and develop the necessary skills for success.

Our first pillar, Capital, increases our impact through strategic funding to institutions and organizations that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Education opens the gateway to development and economic progress and we are proud to be part of that process. Through this pillar we were able to positively impact the lives of 157,000 students, young adults and professionals by awarding grants to over 100 non-profit partners in 2013.

Our second pillar, Talent, enables us to utilize our employees’ specialized skills and core competencies to build the capacity for lifelong learning. The level of our employee engagement in volunteerism, totaling 37,000 hours in 2013, is a testament to the strength of this pillar. Twenty-one percent of our employees engaged in skills based volunteering, mainly mentoring and coaching. In our October month of service over 8,100 employees gave back through various activities, ranging from food banks to career coaching. We are hopeful that we will surpass these numbers in 2014 by executing and broadening opportunities and programs for everyone to get involved.

Providing the infrastructure necessary for growth to emerging entrepreneurs and nonprofits is the focus of our third pillar, Technology. It is this infrastructure that levels the playing field and allows budding individuals and organizations to be competitive. Last year, we donated software packages to over 700 nonprofit organizations with a total retail value of $1,220,360, in addition to supplying 674 laptops to 31 nonprofits. For 2014, we will add to these achievements a new mobile solutions platform program.

By leveraging our best assets and engaging a multitude of stakeholders we create a lasting impact on society. In just one year these initiatives positively impact the lives of half a million people! Capital, Talent and Technology invested towards education and entrepreneurship is just one way we help the world run better.

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