As part of the SAP Social Sabbatical, a short term assignment, top talents spent a month away from home to solve business challenges for the social entrepreneurial or education sector in emerging markets.
They leveraged their expertise in various areas to guide NGOs such as Bhumi, Hand in Hand, Villgro Innovations Foundation and Arunodhaya. “The experience here has been humbling. Chennai feels like home away from home now,” said Amy Feldman, SAP America employee who heads change management.
Since 2014, German multinational software major SAP has deployed 221 employees from 36 nations, across 71 organisations worldwide as part of the social sabbatical program. “We have been contributing to society through donations and technology engagements. We felt the need to find a way to engage employees and provide skilled engagement in a more sustainable manner,” said Vlasta Dusil, head, HR, SAP India.
The 11 employees were selected after a rigorous process of essay writing, interviews and meetings. “We made sure the needs of the NGOs match with the skills of the employees. This is an opportunity to create a lasting impact while developing leadership, cross-cultural as well as entrepreneurial skills and mindset and we make sure the right person is deployed,” said Gunjan Patel, head CSR, SAP India.