SAP establishes €3 million COVID-19 emergency fund
Increases support of social sector partners globally
SAP has established a €3 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support the urgent needs of the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC Foundation, and smaller nonprofits and social enterprises that work on the front lines serving local communities in crisis. SAP has also activated a COVID-19 response plan to help. The SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team is providing infrastructure and accelerating new ways to engage through virtual volunteering and pro-bono consulting, offering more than 50 projects to date.
Large or small, each contribution matters in the fight against COVID-19, says Jennifer Beason, head of CSR Marketing and Communications, SAP and John Baxter, vice president of Purpose and Brand Experience Marketing, SAP.
“SAP stands with the WHO and supports its leadership in coordinating the global effort to mobilise the fight against COVID-19,” said Alexandra van der Ploeg, Head of SAP CSR. “Specifically, SAP is donating €1 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the WHO hosted by Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and the United Nations Foundation for virus prevention and detection.”
SAP CSR partners with more than 1,200 nonprofits and social enterprises that are mostly small to midsize organisations. Collectively, they serve more than 4.5 million youth across 105 countries, primarily in the areas of quality education, decent work, and youth entrepreneurship.
“With 1 billion children currently out of school due to COVID-19, their services are needed now more than ever. Yet the global issues they are solving are complicated further because of the pandemic,” van der Ploeg shared. “SAP is making resources and expertise available to help our nonprofit and social enterprise partners effectively shift to remote operations. We want to help ensure they can maintain their much-needed services to their communities and not lay off staff.”
While financial donations are an immediate way to give back, the power of sustainable community support lies within SAP’s focus for year-round skilled volunteering. With thousands of volunteers like Kevin Drieschner, SAP employees transfer their expertise and professional services to organisations in need.