WALLDORF, Germany, April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today released its quarterly sustainability update for the first quarter of 2012. Executing on its vision to making the world run better and improving people's lives, SAP continues to innovate solutions for customers, improve its own operations and invest in society.
In March 2012, SAP released its 2011 sustainability report targeted at customers, partners, employees, shareholders and the public. Available at www.sapsustainabilityreport.com, the new report covers SAP's innovations in the areas of software for energy management and sustainable operations, its own transformation into a more sustainable company and its social investment strategy. SAP recently won the 2012 PR News CSR Award for its 2010 Sustainability Report, as well as the JustMeans Social Innovation Awards for Best Integrated Report and Best Stakeholder Engagement.
In the first quarter of 2012, SAP's sustainability efforts resulted in inclusion in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies (from #94 to #27) and the FTSE4Good Index. SAP was also named a winner of the inaugural 2012 Climate Leadership Awards, for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes corporate, organizational and individual leadership in addressing climate change and reducing carbon pollution. The award recognizes SAP's entire energy and carbon strategy – from its supply chain efforts to its internal operations – as well as the energy and sustainable operations software it delivers to customers worldwide.
As part of its commitment to long-term success, SAP publishes selected non-financial performance KPIs on a quarterly basis:
Part of SAP's overall sustainability goals is fostering a diverse workforce, specifically increasing the number of women in management. At the end of the first quarter of 2012, the company employed 18.7 percent women in management, an increase of 0.8 percentage points compared to the end of March 2011. SAP has set a long-term target to increase the share of women in management to 25 percent by the year 2017. The company will continue to place a strong emphasis on recruitment, retention, promotion and mentoring of women throughout SAP.
SAP measures its performance in attracting and retaining talent to help ensure its long-term success. In the first quarter of 2012, the employee retention rate was 93 percent, unchanged compared to the first quarter of 2011.
SAP's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the first quarter totaled 145 kilotons, an increase of 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2011. This can be attributed to a 45 percent increase in air travel, a seven percent increase in company car emissions and a seven percent increase in employees. Additionally, the number of company cars in the corporate car fleet increased by four percent. The emissions caused by facilities remained unchanged, even as the workforce grew. The company has put measures in place to improve its energy efficiency and carbon emissions after this quarter of increased emissions.
"SAP continues to embark on a dual strategy to achieve its ambitious emissions targets of 480 kilotons by the end of the year," said Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer, SAP. "On one side, SAP implements measures to become even more effective in our facilities, data centers, company car fleet and our purchase of more renewable energy. One the other side, we are stepping up our direct engagement with employees to promote more energy efficient behavior. It is because of these combined efforts that we stay committed to achieving our target of reducing emissions to year-2000 levels by 2020."