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SAP at Davos: Doomsday Antidote?

January 26, 2016 by Christine Susanne Mueller, David Jonker, Julie Barrier, Will Ritzrau 97

On the eve of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, SAP launched an e-book highlighting how customers are addressing the UN’s recently ratified 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Our world faces some of its greatest threats ever: 60 million refugees have been displaced, millions of people are in forced labor, and we live on a warming planet reaching the point of no return.

In addition, some experts predict that one-third of all species will be extinct before the end of the century.

But there is hope. We are also experiencing a digital transformation that is reshaping how we live – our work, our politics, and even our play. And it has the potential to tackle many of these global challenges.

The United Nations ratified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) end of September, which address the greatest challenges humankind faces, including the ones above.

This week, the world’s top leaders are coming together at the World Economic Forum in Davos to improve the state of the world by shaping global, regional and industry agendas.

In conjunction with the event, SAP launched a new interactive Web book that features each of the 17 SDGs and shows how SAP customers and SAP’s software and services are contributing to the achievement of each of them.

Based on a blog series titled “17 Weeks to Davos” that was originally published in the Digitalist Magazine, it also highlights the vision and purpose of SAP and how we are helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. Here are two examples from the series:

Global Goal #1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

As part of the company’s vision and purpose, SAP is proud to help companies like UBank, National Bank of South Africa, Standard Bank of South Africa, as well as Juhudi Kilimo (in conjunction with the Grameen Foundation) and Compartamos, two microfinancing initiatives, give people the means to improve their lives. SAP believes when the digital revolution is shaped the right way, it can build a digital economy, ensure the future of work, and improve life for all.

Global Goal #13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

At SAP, our vision and purpose is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Our technology is helping organizations like the government of Buenos Aires, Argentina with predicting floods, and the Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) in Australia with managing forest fires to improve the lives of the people they serve. In addition, we also work with our customers to help them increase their overall resource productivity and transform their businesses to reduce carbon outputs.

Within SAP, we strive to lead by example and have set ourselves the target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from our operations back to the levels of the year 2000 by 2020. In 2014, we shifted to 100% renewable energy in all of our data centers and facilities to support a more sustainable energy market.

You can preview the interactive Web book at www.sap.com/UNGlobalGoals. The book shows:

  • Why digital transformation is critical to achieving the UN Global Goals.
  • How SAP is helping customers create a better world with its enterprise applications, SAP HANA platform, analytics solutions, and business networks.
  • How SAP, is leading the way in harnessing the digital revolution to monitor and achieve the UN global goals.

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