Published On: Wed, Sep 14th, 2016

SAP globally recognised for closing gender gap



JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SAP is on course to attain its target of ensuring 25 percent of its leadership are women, the firm said after it was the first multinational technology company to be awarded the worldwide Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) certificate.

The certification recognizes the Germany-headquartered software company’s global commitments and actions in achieving and sustaining gender diversity and equality in the workplace.

The EDGE Certification is the premier standard and methodology for  evaluating a corporate commitment to gender equality.

Launched at the World Economic Forum, the EDGE assessment methodology is distinguished by its rigor and business impact.

SAP has a board-level commitment to reach 25 percent of its leadership positions filled by women by the end of 2017.

As of the second quarters of 2016, women make up 24,1 percent of the company’s leadership and 32,5 percent of all employees.

Stefan Ries, SAP chief human resources officer, says gender equality is not a corporate social responsibility initiative or a cultural benefit.

“It’s a strategic differentiator, a source of innovation and revenue driver for our company. We are proud of the recognition we’ve achieved, but we remain committed to creating a culture where employees of all backgrounds can thrive,” says Ries.

Aniela Unguresan, co-founder of EDGE Certified Foundation, says through this global certification, SAP continues to set the standard for gender equality in technology.

“We applaud their efforts to promote a workforce that facilitates a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality,” says Unguresan.

Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer of SAP, says SAP must be at the forefront to take businesses beyond bias.

He says the global certification marks a major milestone in their ongoing efforts to eliminate partiality in the workplace.

“We are very proud of our investments in technologies and programs to drive inclusion. This certification is another step in our leadership on this critical issue, all geared toward helping the world run better and improving people’s lives,” says McDermott.

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