SAP Social Sabbatical Team Reaches Out to Kenyan Businesses in Need

SAP Social Sabbatical Team Reaches Out to Kenyan Businesses in Need

SAP employees from around the world in East Africa for a month to help address local business challenges.
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:10am

CAMPAIGN: SAP Corporate Social Responsibility

CONTENT: Press Release

April 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ - This week sees a group of 12 SAP employees from around the world – including an applications performance testing expert from Israel, a software developer from France and a subject matter expert from Ireland – land in Nairobi to spend a month working with four local organisations that, in one way or another, are making life better for the communities they serve.

These SAP employees are part of a global SAP programme, called the SAP Social Sabbatical, which matches talented employees with entrepreneurs and small businesses in emerging markets. A relatively new area for international corporate volunteering, the social sabbatical initiative was launched in 2012 with 30 employees in Brazil, India and South Africa respectively. A second team spent time in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 2013. The addition of Kenya is part of an overall expansion of the programme that will soon send up to 100 SAP employees to emerging markets to make a difference.

"We are excited to be hosting this dynamic group of employees from all over the world. A group of employees who work together to solve a problem in a foreign setting can very often not only strengthen communities, but help mould these individuals as future leaders," said Andrew Waititu, MD of SAP East Africa. "This is proving to be the case in Kenya, as one of our partners in the Social Sabbatical programme this year, Acumen, has demonstrated with the inclusion of two of the four benefactor companies who are realising very positive social change in the region already. The social sabbatical programme allows us to provide our people with innovative development opportunities while strengthening entrepreneurship in emerging economies."

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