SAP Social Sabbatical

SAP’s Social Investment to Help Improve Operational Efficiency and Achieve Social Objectives for Four Non-Profit Organizations in Chennai

BENGALURU, India – SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that eleven employees have successfully completed a month-long social sabbatical assignment in Chennai to help four non-profit organizations develop best practices and attain operational efficiency.

The 11 SAP employees from the US, Germany, China, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, and Australia leveraged their expertise in areas such as project management, data management, HR and marketing to guide Bhumi, Hand in Hand, Villgro Innovations foundation and Arunodhaya – the four non-profit organizations in Chennai.

This unique program is part of the SAP Social Sabbatical, a short term assignment for top talents who work in international, cross functional teams to solve business challenges for the social entrepreneurial or education sector in emerging markets, while strengthening their leadership competencies, cross industry sector know-how and intercultural sensitivity.

As of 2015, SAP’s Social Sabbatical program has activated over 75,000 pro-bono service hours by 221 employees from 36 nations, across 71 organizations worldwide.

“Employees participating in SAP’s Social Sabbatical program get an opportunity to solve business challenges for the entrepreneurial or education sector in emerging markets, while developing leadership, cross-cultural as well as entrepreneurial skills and mindset. This initiative is helping SAP strengthen strategic social investments in key markets,” said Dilipkumar Khandelwal, Managing Director, SAP Labs India Pvt Ltd.

Chennai Non – Profit Organizations Benefiting from SAP Social Sabbatical

Dr.Prahalathan, co-founder, Bhumi said, “Bhumi’s rapid growth in one decade, left us with little time for more strategic considerations, especially in internal and external marketing strategies. We thank SAP for helping us define and align our communications internally and crafting a marketing and communications plan for an external audience.”

“Before our partnership with SAP Social Sabbatical, our internal and external processes lacked some systems and implementation methodology. Reviews and tracking were weak spots and needed to be made more efficient,” said PR Ganapathy, President (India), Villgro. “Our collaboration with SAP has helped bring everyone onto one page and identify a strategy for implementing the necessary systems and processes”

Virgil D’Samy, CEO, Arunodhaya said, “We were struggling with an IT system that couldn’t meet our needs. It resulted in inefficiencies, duplications of effort, and unnecessary, time-consuming manual effort. Collaborating with SAP, helped us in implementing comprehensive data management plans after a critical review with proper recommendations too”.

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 organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable approximately 310,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

About Bhumi
As one of India’s largest independent youth volunteer, non-profit organizations, Bhumi, enables over 12,000 volunteers in more than 14 cities across India to engage with social causes such as education, environment, animals, and community welfare. Bhumi helps poor children realize their potential, raise their aspirations, and recognize their achievements in various fields. www.bhumi.org.in/

About Hand in Hand India
Registered in 2002, Hand in Hand India (HIH) is a public charitable trust that works to alleviate poverty through a unique integrated community development approach. HIH implements projects in the areas of women’s empowerment, microfinance, child-labor elimination, education, health, environment, information technology, and governance. www.hihindia.org

About Villgro Innovations Foundation
Villgro Innovations Foundation, formerly known as Rural Innovations Network, is India’s foremost social enterprise organization supporting early-stage innovators and social entrepreneurs. Founded in 2001. Villgro aims to support, mentor, and incubate social innovations that have the maximum potential to help improve the lives of the people living at the bottom of the pyramid. www.villgro.org

About Arunodhaya
Registered as a public charitable trust in 1992, Arunodhaya is a NGO serving as a social movement to uproot all forms of exploitation and oppression of children. Arunodhaya promotes and protects the basic human rights of children to ensure a dignified childhood and also provides non-formal education to child laborers through their Child Labor Centers. http://arunodhayacentre.in/

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Media Contacts:
Rathnam Subramanyam, SAP Labs India, +91 7829411779, rathnam.subramanyam@sap.com
Somali Dasgupta, Fleishman Hillard, +91 9008363400, somali.dasgupta@fleishman.com

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