Getting to know our client organisations
We started off today in the SAP Peru office where we met Jose, SAP Peru Country Director.
Then we met face-to-face with representatives from our client organisations for the first time. This is me with Daniel from Crea+:
Esteban started by taking everyone through SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy and how the SAP Social Sabbatical fits within SAP CSR.
SAP’s vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. SAP’s CSR strategy is aligned with the vision and focuses on 2 key areas. The first is helping social enterprises to scale, and the second is on education to help young people develop the skills to become the workforce of the future. The SAP Social Sabbatical as part of SAP CSR is a pro-bono volunteering programs which allows SAP employees to dedicate themselves to short-term projects with client organisations in diverse locations. For further details please see https://www.sap.com/corporate/en/company/sustainability-csr/csr.overview.html.
During our time in Lima I’ll be working with my SAP colleagues Liza and Verena on a project with our client Crea+. Crea+ is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) which focuses on education by providing opportunities for underprivileged children to learn and develop self-confidence to achieve their dreams. Crea+ also promotes Individual Social Responsibility by relying heavily on volunteers. Beyond the 10 permanent employees in Crea+ there are around 150 Creandos AO (Administrative Organisation volunteers) and 1540 Creados, the volunteers who deliver the education. Daniel and Nicholas from Crea+ gave us all an overview.
Once all of the clients had presented themselves we had a group photo before setting off with Crea+ to their office.
What struck me most was how passionate all of the clients are about what they do, and the impact they make. We all clearly have opportunities to learn from each other!