SAP Australia confirms unlimited paid leave for emergency service volunteers

SAP today put in place a range of measures designed to support staff and communities as they deal with the bushfires across Australia. This includes extending unlimited paid leave for employees who are currently volunteering with a recognised emergency management body, such as the Rural Fire Services or State Emergency Services, with immediate effect.

SAP will also donate €100,000 to the Australian Red Cross. This is alongside local fundraising efforts by SAP teams in offices across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane, raising more than $8,000 in the past week alone.

SAP is also enabling all employees to donate to organisations of their choice that are supporting those impacted by the fires, through the company’s workplace giving program. These donations are made through monthly pre-tax pay, with administration costs covered, so 100 per cent of the donations goes directly to the organisation of choice. Free, confidential counselling is also available to all staff and their families at any time.

“The fires we’re seeing across Australia are totally unprecedented, and the devastating impact they have had on communities and wildlife across the country has been heartbreaking to watch,” said Damien Bueno, President and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand.

“We hope the measures we are putting into effect today help support our staff, their families and communities during this incredibly difficult time, while recognising the extraordinary heroism of the volunteers who are on the frontline.”