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  1. Guest

    >Tell us what indicators SAP should use to measure its success and report on its status in different areas. For
    >example, how could SAP contribute to the environment indicators? How does a company car policy contribute
    >to the carbon footprint of a company? What could SAP do to limit CO2 emissions?
    Working with stakeholders

    I feel there is a missing link between SAP, major NGOs and GOs.

    Establishing an international annual/bi-annual meeting of top SAP representatives and NGOs from environmental (i.e. Greenpeace, WWF), social (i.e. Amnesty Int, ILO, unions ) and financial groups could help SAP become a major CSR-leader in the software industry. By bringing in new ideas and seeing processes from a different point of view stakeholders may be able to help changing things for a better.

    An event like this would need several days, preparation, a neutral discussion area, a lead topic (i.e. Strategies for SAP CO2 Reduction) and of course funding.

    Colaboration with GOs (i.e. GTZ) may help offsetting CO2 tonnes, by supporting sustainable development in third world countries - as intended by the clean development mechanism (CDM) in the kyoto protocol.

    To ensure things are on track a SAP Sustainability Report should be issued to inform stakeholders of the current state and future strategies and of course to report of projects realized together with stakeholders. Following the GRI G3 index with data verified from a third party (i.e. TÜV Rheinland) and quotations from NGOs, reporting would be great approach in proving creditable transparency to stakeholders in a CSR strategy.

    Limiting CO2 emissions

    Reducing a companies carbon footprint is becoming more and more essential to prove good corporate citizenship and reduce costs.

    As a software company I assume SAP´s main CO2 emissions have their source from direct energy usage (electricity, gas) and indirect energy use (business travel).

    Offsetting CO2 by supporting the CDM may be an option but is not changing the cause of green house gas emissions.

    Increasing energy efficiency by stronger use of "Green IT" (power saving servers, more virtualization,...), energy saving lights for offices and turning off unused clients could help lowering direct CO2 emissions and thus lowering total energy costs.

    Additionally switching to green energy, made from 100% certified renewable energy sources (i.e. Lichtblick, Greenpeace Energy) would reduce the carbon footprint dramatically:

    In Germany average electric energy produces 682g CO2/kWh, using renewable energy can bring down emissions to 40-200g CO2/kWh while additional costs should be in limits.

    To bring down usage of natural gases for heating purposes, solar water collectors and digital thermostats could be installed.

    For indirect energy usage a company policy supporting alternative types of travel (public mass transportation, trains) could be written which would encourage employees to leave the car at home for a free bus ticket or for a donation to their favorit charity organisation. To reduce CO2 emissions from the SAP car fleet an idea would be to set maximum fuel usage for cars in a regular basis and to favor investment in cars with new technologies (i.e. hybrid, electric, plant oil).

    For necessary flight travels carbon offsetting can be realized (i.e. http://www.atmosfair.de/) but strong use of online colaboration (i.e. NetMeeting) should be prefered where possible.

    I´d love to read any follow ups.

    Kind regards,

    Robert-Lee Barling

  2. Your comments are very appreciated here.  So much so, that I would say, let's surface these in blog format as well so that we can garner further collaboration and interaction with a wider community participation.  I'm afraid that until folks are more aware of the wiki space and the potential for conversation around these important topics we will need to work multichannel to surface content.  I will go ahead and post a note in the CSR forum as well so that folks in that sphere will pay attention here.

    Eddy DC has written a number of pieces that you might be interested in as has Jim Spath.

    If my job here is to be "hostess" to the social collaboration, I'll see you all through some introductions.

    Let the conversation begin!