This week sees a group of 12 SAP employees from around the land in Nairobi to spend a month working with four local organizations that, in one way or another, are making life better for the communities they serve.
These SAP employees are part of a global SAP programme, called the SAP Social Sabbatical, which matches talented employees with entrepreneurs and small businesses in emerging markets. A relatively new area for international corporate volunteering, the social sabbatical initiative was launched in 2012 with 30 employees in Brazil, India and South Africa respectively. A second team spent time in Johannesburg, South Africa in October, 2013. The addition of Kenya is part of an overall expansion of the program that will soon send up to 100 SAP employees to emerging markets to make a difference.
“We are excited to be hosting this dynamic group of employees from all over the world. A group of employees who work together to solve a problem in a foreign setting can very often not only strengthen communities, but help mould these individuals as future leaders,” said Andrew Waititu, MD of SAP East Africa. “This is proving to be the case in Kenya as one of our partners in the Social Sabbatical programme this year, Acumen, has demonstrated with the inclusion of two of the four benefactor companies who are realizing very positive social change in the region already. The social sabbatical programme allows us to provide our people with innovative development opportunities while strengthening entrepreneurship in emerging economies”
Kenneth Macharia, business development and communications manager at Acumen, explained: “When we heard about the SAP Social Sabbatical team coming to Kenya, we simply had to get involved. The programme represents an opportunity for Acumen to partner with SAP in effecting social impact and change in East Africa.”
The East Africa Social Sabbatical team will be in Nairobi from early April until the beginning of May and will be working with; Sanergy, Juhudi Kilimo, Open Capital Advisors and African Management Initiative to help solve some of their most pressing business needs.