TORONTO – October 25 – SAP Canada, a subsidiary of SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), has received EDGE Recertification from EDGE Certified Foundation, and National Parity Certification from Women in Governance, both of which recognize employers for their commitment to gender parity and equality.
EDGE Certification is the premier standard for evaluating corporate gender equality. Launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011, EDGE is re-certified globally every two years. The assessment is distinguished by its rigor and focus on business impact, assessments, policies, practices, and quantifiable metrics across five areas: equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, flexible working, and company culture.
“SAP is committed to creating opportunities for employees to thrive, as well as ensuring we keep a level playing field by fostering a fully inclusive culture based on fairness,” said Kirsten Sutton, Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada.
SAP Canada is among 31 organizations to receive National Parity Certification from Women in Governance in 2018, which launched the initiative in June 2017 to help businesses in Canada increase women’s representation in positions of responsibility. Businesses awarded National Parity Certification have taken concrete measures towards the advancement of women within their ranks. In June 2017, SAP met the board-level goal of 25 percent of women in management globally, with a continued commitment of one percent of women in management each year to reach 30 percent by 2022.
“Gender equality is one of our core values, and a strategic priority in our diversity and inclusion strategy. We better understand the market and serve our customers when our leadership and workforce are more accurate representations of the world around us,” said Andy Canham, President, SAP Canada.
Additionally, SAP offers several programs to empower and educate employees, including Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program (LEAP), a year-long leadership development program aimed at helping women at SAP rise into management positions, a monthly Women’s Professional Growth Webinar Series which has reached more than 6,800 employees in more than 40 countries and a Business Women’s Network (BWN), which offers numerous opportunities for women to meet new colleagues, engage with leaders, and connect on key topics of interest. Besides these significant opportunities for women, SAP actively engages men to participate in the gender discussion.
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and operating in the Canadian market since 1989, SAP Canada serves more than 14,000 customers, employs over 3,200 people across Canada, and topped Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in Canada Employee’s Choice list in 2018. The company has research and development labs in Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo and Vancouver.