Climate Action and 21 Million Trees by 2025

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Mitigating climate change by reducing SAP’s carbon footprint and restoring trees

Restoring & Growing
This pledge will take place from
2020 to 2025

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Pledge overview

What if we can mitigate climate change by reducing our carbon footprint and restoring nature? SAP accepts the challenge and is committed to plant 21 million trees by the end of 2025 while continuing to drive carbon-reducing innovations and pursuing a science-based climate target.

For more than a decade, sustainability has been on top of SAP’s agenda. It directly links to SAP’s purpose of helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. Facing the key challenges of the 21st century - climate change and planetary stability - SAP is committed to take much-needed climate action and plant 21 million trees to restore ecosystems and foster sustainable development by the end of 2025.

Restoring trees and reversing deforestation help to slow climate change, but these actions cannot reverse it on their own. Therefore, SAP is firstly committed to significantly reduce its own carbon footprint and support customers to do the same. As a green cloud company and market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is uniquely qualified to help customers manage and optimize their sustainability performance across their value chain by building capabilities into our core analytical and transactional systems and offering new solutions. In its own operations, SAP follows the carbon mitigation hierarchy ‘avoid, reduce, compensate’ and will become carbon-neutral by the end of 2023. SAP also pursues a science-based target which is aligned with the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement to help limit the average temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

SAP finances tree planting and ecosystem restoration mainly through corporate donations, innovation and investments in high-quality carbon offsets for emissions that cannot yet be avoided. Special attention is paid to responsible reforestation approaches that are based on scientific and conservation knowledge and aim to foster biodiversity, intact water bodies as well as community inclusion and a good life for all. SAP also supports breakthrough research and field studies.

Because we believe in the power of collaboration, SAP will continue to team up with customers, partners and thought leaders to protect our planet and drive the transition to an inclusive, low-carbon, and circular economy - ultimately proving that we can build a future where our economy, society and environment prosper together. SAP encourages everyone to join the sustainability movement.

Actions in this pledge

  • Restoring and growing trees and forest landscapes

    Supporting actions
    Assisted natural regeneration
    Actions that support natural regeneration without tree planting, such as Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, forest soil remediation, exotic species control, disease prevention, and wildfire protection
    Re-establishment of forest through planting and/or deliberate seeding on land classified as forest, that has been degraded or where trees are unlikely to regenerate naturally
    Activities that establish and manage the integration of trees into agricultural landscapes, silvopastoral systems, farming in forests and along forest margins and tree-crop production
    Mangrove restoration
    Establishment or enhancement of mangroves along coastal areas and in estuaries
    Watershed protection and erosion control
    Establishment and enhancement of forests on very steep sloping land, along water courses, in areas that naturally flood and around critical water bodies
    Urban tree planting
    Planting and maintaining trees within urban areas
    Additional details

    SAP has supported and reserved funds for planting trees since 2012 which counts towards the 21 million trees goal as well. We will continue to work with trusted partners who implement, monitor and share results of our reforestation activities on the ground. SAP has also visited selected sites. Long-term commitments help to ensure that we meet our goal.

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Our ecologically and socially responsible approach

SAP will continue to carefully select its planting partners based on their ecological and social implementation methods.

We ensure that all carbon offsets from reforestation projects are verified by high-quality standards such as the Gold Standard or VCS. For other projects, SAP has developed internal quality criteria to assess the sustainability of implementation practices.

Our system of accreditation

Progress on SAP’s pledge will be published in SAP’s annual Integrated Report which is externally audited. Purchased carbon offsets are verified by high-quality standards such as the Gold Standard.

Our locations

As a global company, we work with partners and finance projects worldwide. Our markets and countries that are highly affected by local deforestation, natural disasters or large-scale ecosystem destruction are preferred. In the past years, we have supported projects in Australia, Brazil, Guatemala, Haiti, Madagascar, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Senegal, United Kingdom, and more.

Our implementation progress

Pledge implementation progress reporting is managed in collaboration with IUCN’s Restoration Barometer, and is required annually from the year following pledge publication.