SAP: Changing our reality for the better by moving towards a sustainable world


Gone are the days of companies discussing the Why sustainable business practices. Today it’s all about How? ‘Or’ What.

How can companies act for the climate? How can they transform linear processes into circular resources and product flows? How can they ensure socially responsible value chains? And finally, how can they integrate economic, environmental and social performance into strategic decision-making?

These questions are at the heart of the concerns of the leaders. In 2021, sustainability has become the hottest trending topic for the C-suite.

At SAP, we provide answers to these questions through our products. Our customers can benefit from solutions that help them achieve zero emissions, Zero waste, zero inequality, as good as overall management and reporting of their sustainability efforts.

Last year, we launched three new solutions: SAP Product Footprint Management, SAP Responsible Design and Production and SAP Sustainability Control Tower. All are integrated cloud-native SAP S/4HANA applications that are delivered in a modular fashion and built on SAP Business Technology Platform.

Additionally, we are embedding sustainability across the entire SAP solution portfolio. A recent example is the inclusion of product footprints in SAP Integrated Business Planning, so customers can monitor greenhouse gas emissions from their production plants. Another example is the integration of SAP Sustainability Control Tower with SAP SuccessFactors solutions, allowing customers to gain insight into how their organization is performing on crucial aspects such as diversity and inclusion.


Sustainable Business Strategies, Sustainable Businesses

For the past 50 years, our innovative solutions have helped our customers transform their business processes and stay ahead of rapidly changing business environments. And we will continue to embrace and enable organizations of all sizes and in all sectors to take a transformative approach to sustainability as well.

Quick fixes that don’t address the root cause of problems won’t make businesses more sustainable in the long run. Fragmented sustainability strategies will not help. Sustainable business strategies will. That’s why we help companies integrate sustainability into the heart of their business processes.

Our approach is paying off. Today, the most sustainable companies use our software. According to our analysis of S&P Trucost Limited data and S&P Global ESG scores for 2021, SAP customers with high digital maturity – those who adopt the latest SAP technologies – have on average environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores 75% higher than those of their sector. peers. They also produce 24% less CO2 emissions than the market average.

In order to further facilitate the transformation towards sustainable development for our customers, we have recently launched a new offer. SAP Cloud for Sustainable Enterprises is a flexible set of sustainability-specific applications. It allows companies to adopt our solutions according to the current stage of their sustainable transformation. Depending on their position, they can implement holistic management or start with specific areas of sustainability performance.


In pursuit of zero, together

The past year has been dedicated to providing tools that help companies make the transition to sustainable businesses. So what’s the next step? 2022 will be the year to deploy these tools on a global scale in close collaboration with our customers and partners.

Ultimately, the transition to a more sustainable global economy is not something one company can achieve alone. In today’s interconnected world, we must rely on our ecosystem to ensure sustainability across the entire value chain. Let’s make 2022 the year of transition to a more sustainable world, together.

Thomas Saueressig is a member of the board of directors of SAP SE, a leader in SAP product engineering.

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