SAP qualifies as the most sustainable software company

Posted by Eva-Maria Fahrer on 25/09/2019 15:20

SAP has sustainable solutions and qualifies as the most sustainable software company by leading the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

The index was created in 1999 by investment management firm RobecoSAM. 

SAP has been listed since the beginning and is Setting Ambitious Targets for the Environment

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In the environmental dimension, SAP scored 80 percent in the Environmental Policies and Management Systems category (+14pp compared to 2018 and +65pp compared to industry average) of the DJSI. In 2018, SAP fulfilled its target to adopt an environmental management system (EMS) for 70 percent of its employees through a rollout to 15,700 employees in Walldorf and Rot on top of more than 55 other EMS sites worldwide.

For climate protection, SAP is aiming to becoming carbon neutral by 2025. To achieve this goal, among other measures, SAP has used 100 percent green electricity for all data centers, buildings, and e-car charging stations since 2014 and puts an internal price on carbon for business flights. SAP also recently stepped up its climate ambitions by setting 1.5°C science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with a net-zero future.

This year, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of SAP’s sustainability journey, SAP introduced a new environmental policy, which for the first time includes a target on phasing out single-use plastics by the end of 2020. All of these measures are part of the portfolio of actions that have helped SAP become an environmental industry leader.

SAP communicates its sustainability efforts annually in the SAP Integrated Report. Each quarter, when financial results are reported, the company also discloses its social and environmental performance concurrently, based on the firm belief that all three factors are interrelated and impact one another. Internally, a sustainability dashboard allows leaders and employees to review team performance for key social and environmental indicators broken down geographically and by line of business.


Acknowledging the importance transparency in how a business like SAP creates impact — not just in financial terms but also in environmental and social terms — SAP has joined the Value Balancing Alliance e.V. (VBA), a nonprofit organization addressing the need to rethink the value contribution of business as it pertains to different types of capital. Its objective is to create a standard for measuring and disclosing the environmental, human, social, and financial value companies provide to society.

Will RitzauHear key-note speaker Will Ritzrau, Director Sustainability and Prof. Digital Business Management talk about the work SAP does in the Value Balancing Alliance at the SBN Conference




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