Fostering Sustainability Through SAP Partnerships and Initiatives


By collaborating with global companies, government organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, industry experts, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for sustainability improvement within their respective sectors, SAP partnerships and initiatives are leading the charge toward a more sustainable future.

SAP has long been a leader in sustainability initiatives, partnering with organizations and businesses from across the globe to foster environmentally-friendly practices. Through these strategic partnerships and its own proactive initiatives, SAP strives to reduce its environmental footprint while promoting sustainability principles. This commitment takes many forms, ranging from increasing resource efficiency to reducing overall energy use.

Furthermore, by working closely with partners like the United Nations Global Compact, SAP is helping to create an ecosystem of responsible corporate behavior that serves as an example for other companies seeking to make more sustainable choices. By embracing innovative technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence, the tech giant is also driving progress for a cleaner future while setting industry standards in green business operations. With its unwavering dedication to fostering sustainability through meaningful partnerships and collaborations, SAP remains at the vanguard of green innovation.

In keeping with its pledge to sustainability and environmental protection, SAP has revealed during the recently held Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week that it is collaborating with organizations including Goodwall and ChangemakerXchange to motivate young people to take meaningful steps in mitigating the effects of climate change. The German enterprise software giant believes that these partnerships will provide essential support and resources for youth who are passionate about making a difference and striving for sustainability-oriented solutions.

Building on the success of their Climate Leaders initiative, which was launched as a project in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) to encourage the youth to participate in the international climate change discussion, SAP and professional development network Goodwall have extended their partnership. Thousands of young people from 55 countries took part in the Climate Leaders program, which provided them with the chance to learn from their peers, make significant connections, and improve their employability.

Explaining more about the program, Goodwall Co-Founder Taha Bawa shared: 

“Now Goodwall and SAP, together with our partners, are scaling the program to become a youth climate movement. We intend to mobilize young talent to amplify their voices, and to take intentional climate action through various initiatives.”

According to Wissam Kadi, Global Initiatives Director for SAP University Alliances and Next-Gen, who was heavily involved in the program, young people and other key stakeholders have a shared understanding of the importance of education to the future of sustainability. He added that the importance of education and the necessity for extensive collaboration between government agencies, academic institutions, and private firms will be at the forefront of the COP28 agenda.

“SAP and Goodwall believe it is vital that sustainability is built into school and university curriculums, and that education initiatives are presented positively to help youth move from fearing climate change to viewing it as an opportunity to collaborate and co-innovate,” Kadi remarked.

How Strategic SAP Partnerships Help Build a Sustainable Future

SAP and ChangemakerXchange are hosting an event to bring together the leading young changemakers around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) so that they may strengthen their individual and organizational ability and work towards making the MENA region more resilient in the face of the rising climate catastrophe. SAP MENA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility Batoul Husseini said that the company has been working with ChangemakerXchange on various projects since 2016.

According to Husseini, these initiatives have included training regional networks in online facilitation and community building and participating in innovative programs like the COVID-19 Collective Action Summit and the MENA Ecosystem Builder Program. He further added:

“On a global level, SAP is also a core partner of ChangemakerXchange’s Possibilists Alliance, a support ecosystem aligned on a shared understanding of the needs and challenges of young changemakers aiming to create the best possible conditions for them to thrive and to deepen or scale their impact.”

Twenty of the region’s most influential young climate changemakers were invited by ChangemakerXchange to Cairo after COP27, and they will be invited to Dubai after COP28 this year, for a five-day journey centered on human relationships, interpersonal learning, and impact strategies that will allow them to reflect on the end results of COP27 and take action together. The group has started a rigorous online capacity-building program with seminars on topics including avoiding burnout, improving organizational structure, and fostering a cohesive team culture.

Additionally, the SAP University Alliances program is just one more way that SAP is helping young people take charge of the future by preparing the next generation to lead digital transformation and, by extension, more ethical and environmentally conscious corporate practices. Education within the intelligent enterprise and the experience economy are the cornerstones of the program, which also fosters business relationships and helps to create a stable digitally oriented workforce in the region. Youth who participate in SAP events and receive SAP training have a leg up on the competition when they enter the workforce.

Moreover, the British University of Egypt joined the SAP University Alliances network on the sidelines of COP27. The university’s mission is to motivate students and illuminate the ways in which technology may help organizational sustainable development objectives in line with Egypt’s Vision 2030 and the country’s Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS).

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