The firms today embark upon a Life-Centred Design approach to place purpose at the heart of business transformation

LONDON, UK – SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced it has partnered with Anglian Water, one of the UK’s largest water recycling companies, under a shared vision to drive positive business transformation through environmental, social and economic prosperity.

Working together, SAP and Anglian Water are trailblazing a Life-Centred Design approach to business strategy and development, taking into account ecological and socio-economic impacts across production, distribution and disposal. The partnership model will build on Anglian Water’s long-standing commitment to maximising community value while minimising impact on the environment. Joint working will aim to minimise harm to the planet and all parties involved across the entire business cycle, and will primarily focus on challenges within social procurement, climate change and decarbonisation, as well as diversity, inclusion and skills development.

With COP26 on the horizon and the damning findings of the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there is mounting pressure on businesses to create a future that preserves the planet and brings prosperity to employees, customers, and the communities they serve. SAP and Anglian Water’s Life-Centred Design approach combines technology with social initiatives to develop a strategy that positively benefits the environment and those involved in every step of the process.

Under this purpose-driven partnership model, both companies will exchange ideas, best practices and host workshops with actionable insights that can be implemented across workstreams. So far, SAP has supported Anglian Water with workshops on ‘procurement with purpose’ and ensuring that the supply chain is delivering certified social impact. While SAP has also shared knowledge on meeting carbon net-zero and biodiversity objectives, and how to support greater social mobility to build the next generation of digital talent.

Peter Simpson, CEO at Anglian Water, said: “Our Purpose is to bring environmental and social prosperity to the region we serve, through a commitment to Love every Drop. Partnerships with like-minded businesses, such as SAP, help us to accelerate positive environment, societal and economic change, and through this pioneering Life-Centred Design model, we’re one step closer to making this a reality.”

Michiel Verhoeven, Managing Director at SAP UK & Ireland, added: “Business leaders are facing increasing scrutiny over their CSR credentials, whether they are the vendor, partner or customer, and actions must now speak louder than words. The purpose-driven partnership model allows us to display our commitment to being a business partner that cares through helping customers like Anglian Water to expedite tangible results from a societal, environmental and economic perspective.”

Today’s announcement is in addition to Anglian Water’s implementation of SAP Ariba, which is helping to accurately track its supply chain, and monitor and optimise spend across the business to minimise environmental impact.

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