Addressing Youth Unemployment with SAP

Addressing Youth Unemployment with SAP

SAP is a global information technology leader with 78,000 employees in 130 countries. SAP decided to tackle the problems of high youth unemployment, the young working poor and the STEM skills gap—all elements that threaten their company, customers and society at large. As a result their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy focuses on education and social entrepreneurship to drive sustainable economic growth, innovation and job creation. The Social Sabbatical portfolio is designed to enable social impact through capacity building and leadership development and focuses on achieving triple impact – for participants, organizations and the company. The program is also designed so that cross-functional diverse teams solve critical business challenges for the social entrepreneurship and education sectors in emerging and developed markets while strengthening employee’s leadership competencies, cross industry sector know-how and intercultural sensitivity.


The SAP Social Sabbatical portfolio is comprised of four different programs: one each for global engagement, local engagement, regional engagement and executive engagement. To date the program has involved 400 SAP employees from 40 different countries supporting 125 nonprofits organizations and social enterprises in 26 different locations worldwide.

Under the umbrella of Impact 2030, SAP is engaging with GSK in its first joint volunteer team in Kigali, Rwanda – combining the SAP Social Sabbatical program with the GSK Pulse program, to benefit the client organization, Partners in Health.

SAP has developed an outcomes-based measurement framework to assess its Social Sabbatical program. They have implemented an immediate impact post-assignment survey and a long –term impact survey to measure progress 6-12 months after the close of the assignment. Employee participants and client organizations each complete the immediate and long term surveys which are designed to capture both qualitative and quantitative measures. Recent surveys have determined that client organizations have hired additional employees, increased revenues, increased customers, realized cost savings, improved organizational capacity and people development, improved quality of services delivered, and added new services or solutions as a result of the SAP Social Sabbaticals.

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