SAP America was recognized for its strong commitment to employee volunteerism and community engagement, as well as its support for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Volunteerism at a national and local level is at the core of SAP North America’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, practiced year-round and championed in October through the Month of Service initiative. In 2015, more than 6,500 SAP employee volunteers across the United States dedicated 30,000 hours to service projects that empower young entrepreneurs, bolster education and promote sustainable economic growth in underserviced areas. Their efforts helped impact more than 500,000 lives across North America.
In addition to volunteerism, SAP earned The Civic 50 distinction in part for its Early College High Schools initiative, which gives high-need students the opportunity to earn both a high school and post-secondary degree in a business- or technology-related field. Students receive academic and real-world job training, as well as access to mentoring, which provides them with a simpler path to jobs in the technology sector. This flagship program currently operates schools in three cities across North America, with a fourth school set to open this fall in Oakland, Calif.
“We are at the beginning of a boom in corporate social responsibility,” said Neil Bush, chairman of the board of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. “Corporations are putting policies in place that prioritize connection with communities. They’re seeing a positive effect through meaningful engagement with community members, increases in employee satisfaction and morale, and positive feedback from consumers.”