Social enterprises get a helping hand from the professionals

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Three social enterprises, Fresh Desk, Lifewise and Rākau Tautoko, are about to get a helping hand to improve the lives of more people through the SAP Social Sabbatical.


SAP and DB Breweries set out on the SAP Social Sabbatical

They are being joined for two weeks by teams of experienced professionals as part of an SAP volunteering program, the SAP Social Sabbatical. Diverse groups of employees from SAP New Zealand and Australia and DB Breweries will apply their business expertise to solve strategic challenges facing the social enterprises.

In New Zealand, the programme is run in conjunction with Ākina Foundation, which helps identify organisationally mature social enterprises, and prepares them to take maximum advantage of the opportunity. This year DB Breweries is taking part in the initiative for the first time.

The teams will spend the fortnight working inside Fresh Desk, Lifewise and Rākau Tautoko, using their skills in strategic planning, marketing, finance and organisational development to help them plan, develop and implement priority programmes.

The SAP Social Sabbatical is a structured pro bono initiative driven out of SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives, by giving back to local communities in a way that makes the best use of the diverse skills and experience of its employees. It has been developed by SAP globally and has received attention from the worldwide social enterprise movement.

“People want to work for a company that has a purpose and SAP is a company with a clear mission: to help the world run better and improve people’s lives,” says Stephen Moore, Executive Director, SAP ANZ. “Helping the world run better is what we do with our technology. But we can improve people’s lives by putting the skills and expertise of our people to the service of the communities in which we operate.

“This is the second year we’ve run this in New Zealand and we have found that our employees get as much out of the program as the social enterprises we work with. When they take part in a social sabbatical they get to make a real impact on bridging the digital divide, embrace life-long learning, and discover how to be true role models for living our vision and purpose,” adds Stephen Moore.

“Last year, at the Social Enterprise World Forum, we heard social enterprises and SAP talk about the impact of the Social Sabbatical. We felt the programme aligned well with our own focus on creating opportunities for growth for our people and within our local communities,” says Amber McEwen, Corporate Affairs Director for DB Breweries. “We are thrilled that three of our team are participating in the programme this year with Freshdesk and Lifewise, and with the passion and drive they are bringing to support the social enterprises.”

“We’re delighted to have DB Breweries joining SAP on the Social Sabbatical and hope that more large organisations follow its lead, using the talent and skills of employees to contribute directly to the work of social enterprises in our communities,” adds Louise Aitken, CEO, Ākina Foundation.

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About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 388,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

About Ākina

The Ākina Foundation is a charity focused on growing social enterprise across New Zealand. Ākina’s mission is to grow the emerging New Zealand social enterprise sector by activating talent, supporting social enterprises to grow and increase their impact, as well as developing new market and investment opportunities for social enterprise. In April 2018, Ākina was named the strategic partner to the Government to develop the social enterprise sector in New Zealand.

About DB Breweries

DB Breweries is one of New Zealand’s most iconic companies and we’ve been brewing beer at our main site in Waitemata since 1930. Today we produce and sell a wide range of high quality beers and ciders, including premium global brands such as Heineken, Tiger and Lagunitas, local favourites Tui and DB Export, and leading craft brands Monteith’s, Tuatara and Black Dog. DB is 100% owned by HEINEKEN. While our shareholding is global in nature, DB remains very much a New Zealand company with strong ties to the local community. For more information, visit www.db.co.nz.

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