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Month of Service (9/15) – Global Goals, Local Roles

This October, SAP Global Month of Service goes into its 15th round! Are you ready?
Kicking off the celebration early, we are proud to be sharing a selection of 15 inspiring volunteer experiences over the coming weeks leading up to the beginning of October.
SAP Global Month of Service, it is our company’s largest volunteer initiative. In 2018, employees volunteered in more than 900 projects in communities around the world. And it doesn’t stop with Month of Service! Our employees are leading meaningful volunteer events year-round, when and where the need arises.

Our 9th blog of the series is brought to you by Guadalupe Abraham, Matias Barrio and Juan Emilio Gonzalez – members of SAP Argentina’s CSR Committee. Made up of 23 SAP employees united by the mission to elevate and transform their communities, the committee has been successfully planning events, managing partnerships, and collaborations, and driving SAP CSR’s mission locally since 2016. 

Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR is not just another acronym of our currently long list, we like to summarize it as: collaboration. Our main goals are to equip youth for the work of tomorrow and support innovative social entrepreneurs.

Within the last Month of Service, we managed to engage 316 volunteers, almost 1000 thousand hours in 16 different activities, having a direct impact on 993 lives from our community.
A few years ago the CSR committee here in Argentina knew it could run SAP’s Global Month of Service successfully, but we wanted to raise the bar internally and come up with a new challenge. We started thinking about a new CSR approach were the traditional “repairing” and “painting” activities could be complemented with year-round skill transference activities.

What if we could run year-round CSR projects in parallel? Would we be able to plan them? Would we find local volunteers to spare weekly hours for it?

We decided to link one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with each volunteer’s personal aspiration. It has allowed us to promote long term activities and creating a true bond between each volunteer and those in need.
What do we mean by that? If we want to change people’s lives and help the world run better, we need to make an impact on the ground, and within our society. And it needs to be massive.

Unfortunately, Argentina is a very unequal society. Most of our population has nothing, while others have way too much. Here is where a group of volunteers from a multinational corporation can make a big difference. Our vision, strength, and commitment are, what makes our long-term programs successful. These programs are mostly related to training in digital tools such as MS Office, Google Drive, and graphic design apps.
The target group is broad; we have entrepreneur women from the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, teenagers struggling to shape their future careers, young girls from Boca Juniors, and our latest initiative is working with “Los Espartanos”, a Rugby team formed with men that are deprived from their freedom. These programs take place twice a week and they are held in the NGO location. Usually two employees are providing the class, while a team of four employees works on next class content in the office.

For 2019 and 2020 we set a more ambitious goal: what if besides providing training, workshops and educate people, we also walk with them on the path to legal and decent employment?  We believe that this is the seed for a deep transformation in people’s lives and is our committee’s ultimate goal.

Your contribution matters!

You would like to learn more about SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and programs? Check out our 2018 Ebook or visit

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