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SAP hits sustainability targets

SAP reports it hits targets on carbon emissions, worker happiness

The software industry is not a major polluter, but SAP says it is meeting its environmental targets.
The software industry is not a major polluter, but SAP says it is meeting its environmental targets.

SAP has released its sustainability report for 2011, showing that the company has hit many of its goals for environmental sustainability and workplace diversity,

The software vendor was able to improve its carbon efficiency, as measured in grams of carbon emissions caused per Euro, from 36.4 grams per Euro in 2010 to 34.3 grams in 2011, the fifth consecutive year of improvement.

Overall greenhouse gas emissions were up by 8% to 490 kilotons, due to increased revenues from software of 25%, although the figure was within SAP's target of 11% and remains on track to achieve its target of reducing emissions to year-2000 levels by 2020.

SAP said that energy and sustainability drives have provided a cumulative cost saving of euros 190 million since 2008, and euros 25 million in 2011.

The company also monitors diversity of its workforce, with the number of women in management roles rising from 17.9% in 2010 to 18.7% in 2011, against a target of 25% by 2017.

The company also saw employee motivation and satisfaction increase by 9 percentage points on its employee engagement index, to the level of 77%. On the Business Health Culture Index, which assesses how employees feel about their personal well-being and the company work environment, SAP went from 59% favourability in 2010 to 65% in 2011.

"SAP has made sustainability its purpose, as business software innovation helps companies grow more profitably and responsibly," said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer, SAP AG. "In 2011, we've been able to make significant strides toward more sustainable business practices across the board. However, it is also clear that more work needs to be done to hit our long-term targets, including the reduction of our energy consumption and accompanying emissions to year-2000 level by 2020."