INDIA — SAP India today announced the successful completion of the tenth installment of its signature corporate volunteering initiative: Month of Service (MoS). The MoS offers SAP employees an opportunity to contribute and participate in a variety of volunteer projects to give back to the communities they operate in.
This year, over 4500 SAP employees from locations across India participated in 47 MoS projects and contributed 38,176 employee hours towards this initiative.
Under the MoS program, SAP hosted a variety of projects, a majority of which were held during workdays in October and November allowing employees to volunteer their time towards feeding the needy, supporting and mentoring children, spending time at old age homes, spreading awareness about autism, and campaigning for the environment, among other programs.
Aside from the volunteering efforts, SAP employees also mobilized financial support of approximately INR 50 lakhs for those affected by the floods in Jammu and Kashmir in September. Prominent activities from the MoS included a blood donation camp involving 400 employees; an organ donation drive; a tree planting initiative where 260 trees were planted across Bangalore; the creation of smart class room at NKT Trust, Chennai; and a cleanliness drive as a part of Swachh Bharat Campaign held in Whitefield, Bangalore, a first step towards launching a comprehensive campaign for the cause in the coming year. SAP employees from Kolkata undertook responsibility for the education expenses of 10 underprivileged engineering students and the treatment of five children with cancer.
“Improving people’s lives is culturally ingrained into our DNA. We believe that by dedicating our time and technology we can bring in positive social change in the communities that we operate in. Our volunteers also benefit personally through team building with other SAP colleagues, interacting with NGO partners in helping solve societal challenges”, said Dilipkumar Khandelwal, Managing Director, SAP Labs India.
As a part of its blood donation drive, SAP also launched SAP Rakht, an app powered by SAP HANA and developed by employee-volunteers, which helps connect SAP employees with colleagues who are seeking blood donors.
The Month of Service is part of SAP’s year round efforts towards creating positive change in the communities that the organization is present in.
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