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SAP Earns Award for 2010 Sustainability Report

by Gary Byrne, Senior Editor, SAPinsider

April 20, 2012

SAP announced this week that it earned the 2012 PR News CSR award for its 2010 Sustainability Report. The interactive report covers SAP's efforts in designing software for energy management and sustainable operations. The 2010 report includes the following statement from SAP in a pop-up message within the online report:

"Today, SAP helps an estimated 900 million consumers live more safely by providing producers of intermediate and final products with safety solutions for labeling, documentation, handling and safety data related to these materials. Intermediate products – such as flavors, fragrances, or basic chemicals – have an enormous impact on consumer safety because they wind up in downstream finished consumer products. We estimate that the customers we work with provide materials that end up in more than 1/3 of finished manufactured goods. In turn, these goods are utilized by consumers throughout the world – or approximately 1/3 of the global population of 6.8 Billion."
Another feature in the report is a link titled "What matters to you?" This link opens a dashboard that shows the respondents' thoughts about a list of topics such as employee, customer, supplier, governance, and energy. Energy topped the list at the time of this writing.
The report also includes information about SAP's greenhouse gas footprint and explains its plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to year 2000 levels by 2020.
Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer at SAP, is sued the following statement with regard to the award:
 "Our impact has been significant, from helping hundreds of millions of people consume healthy and safe products, to increasing our own energy efficiency for the fifth year in a row, all the way to impacting a million lives through our social investment activities. The ideas and passion of our customers, partners, employees, shareholders and the public are the source of our innovation that turns our vision of helping the world run better and improving people’s lives into a reality. We designed the SAP sustainability report to engage a year-round conversation with our stakeholders by using the report as a conversation starter.”
For more information on sustainability, refer to these GRC Expert articles:
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What efforts is your company taking to make its operations more sustainable? I'd like to see your comments.

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