SAP to host its first South African Sustainability Summit to drive awareness, share its experiences in reducing its carbon footprint

JohannesburgSAP is lending weight to its commitment to support and engender a culture of sustainability by hosting its first SAP Sustainability Summit, in South Africa, on 23 March at Montecasino, in Johannesburg.

SAP has a unique opportunity to include sustainability into tomorrow’s best business practices and thus impact the sustainability performance of more than 80 000 customers worldwide.

These targets include reducing its carbon emissions by 2010 to around 275 000t CO2 – the level of its emissions in 2000, and roughly half of its output in 2007. It has made great strides in this regard, reducing its 2009 carbon footprint by 16% over the previous year, which had been down almost 7% compared to 2007.

The company was named at the Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list in January this year, the sixth consecutive year that it has made the list.

“This is about walking the talk and demonstrating the value to the bottom line of becoming more sustainable, and this Summit in South Africa will be used to share some of the lessons learned while showing companies what they can do to improve their brand and operations,” says Sven Denecken, global Vice-President & Head of Sustainability Co-Innovation at SAP AG, who is the keynote speaker for the event.

“Sustainability today is less about pursuing altruistic goals and far more about the business bottom line. Companies need to look at the issue strategically as there is a direct link between sustainability and risk management as well as opportunities. And enterprises need to address this in their business model,” he adds.

Denecken will be heading a comprehensive line-up of speakers who will demonstrate how companies have made progress on this front by applying SAP’s products and services designed to help them reduce their impact on the environment. This will consist of customer case studies, as well as industry-specific examples, specifically the manufacturing and resource-intensive industries.

According to Lynnette Shaw, Solution Manager for Sustainability at SAP Africa, a number of South African companies are part of the Carbon Disclosure Project. SAP solutions will give them more visibility as to their carbon footprint.

Denecken says one of the company’s successes has been in co-innovating with customers and partners more intensively on what their needs are in managing their sustainability performance. This applies not only to improving a business’ ability to project or ride out natural resource price volatility, but also in how better to handle community relations and activities to foster your brand.

The SAP Sustainability Summit is sponsored by TWC – an information systems and information technology company specialising in business consulting, systems implementation and technical consulting focusing largely on SAP solutions.

Persons wishing to attend the Summit may call this number for registration: 0861 005059.


SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software, offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 95 000 customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol “SAP”. For more information, visit http://www.sap.com.

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