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“SAP does not have a separate sustainability strategy”

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⇨ SAP has implemented a threefold ap- proach to address emissions, which includes—in this order—avoiding emissions, reducing emissions, and compensating for what is left over.

⇨ SAP started its Sustainability Journey in 2009 with a federated approach across the business, and for over two years now, sustainability has been prominently embedded as a key pillar of SAP's corporate strategy.

⇨ The most significant impact SAP is making is through its solutions and technology, which helps customers develop and execute sustainable business strategies.

SAP has adopted a threefold approach to tackle emissions, with the primary focus being on avoiding emissions, followed by reducing emissions, and then compensating for any residual emissions. To avoid emissions, the company leverages digital tools such as virtual collaboration to minimize the need for travel and the associated emissions. To reduce emissions, SAP strives to optimize energy efficiency in its data centers to lower energy consumption and emissions, and it compensates for any remaining emissions through measures such as implementing an internal carbon price on business travel flights and using the revenue to purchase high-quality offsets. SAP's commitment to reducing emissions has led to significant progress, with detailed information on the company's emissions performance and journey available in its integrated report, which covers Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions.

In a candid interview with SAPinsider, Daniel Schmid, Chief Sustainability Officer of SAP, talks about SAP’s journey toward Net Zero 2030, decarbonizing complex supply chains, enabling organizations to be sustainable, greenwashing risk, and future priorities.

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