SAP has been recognized today as one of America’s most community minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service conducted the survey in partnership with Bloomberg LP. All companies with $1 billion in revenue or more are invited to apply for the Civic 50.
“Corporate civic engagement is on the rise and it’s being led by the forward-thinking businesses included on The Civic 50 list,” said Neil Bush, Chairman of Points of Light. “The correlation their efforts showcase between community engagement and employee retention, productivity and overall bottom line benefits continues to prove that businesses that do good, do well. We congratulate this year’s Civic 50 and we hope that they continue to inspire greater investments in improving communities through corporate civic engagement.”
The Civic 50 survey was developed this year under the guidance of an academic panel of nine experts from leading universities throughout the country. The survey evaluates companies based on several criteria including how extensively and strategically resources are applied to community engagement, how a community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business functions. Other criteria include how a company supports community engagement through its institutional policies, systems, and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business impact of its community engagement program.
In 2014 through our October Month of Service initiative, more than 6,500 SAP employees across North America dedicated 25,000 hours to projects serving our local communities. Volunteerism at a national and local level is at the core of of our CSR program! Through our efforts in cities across the United States and Canada, we impacted 350,000 lives!
In addition to volunteerism, our signature initiative rolled out in early 2014. This flagship North America program aims to build the STEM talent pipeline for high school students and develop the next generation of talent. BTECH opened its doors in September of 2014, with our STEM Academy in partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Templeton high school following suit shorty after.
To view a complete list of The Civic 50 companies for 2014 and to learn more about the importance of civic engagement in corporate America, please visit www.Civic50.org
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