SAP SE and the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) announced they are entering into a three-year partnership, with SAP acting as the global technology partner for the SEWF. The organisations will work together to fulfill the SEWF’s purpose to support the growth and development of social enterprises throughout the world.

This first-of-its-kind partnership was announced by First Minster of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, on the opening day of SEWF2018, its 10th anniversary event, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 12-14.

Central to the partnership, SAP will work closely with SEWF and Social Enterprise UK to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) demonstrating the commercial and social impact corporates can attain by investing in social enterprises.

Available in early 2019 through the openSAP Thought Leaders channel, the MOOC will also showcase examples of best practice systems and methods of measuring and reporting social impact.

In addition, SAP and the SEWF will explore ways to drive greater social impact by introducing more social enterprises into corporate supply chains.

Technology plays a critical role in giving businesses visibility into their supply chains and identifying suppliers pursuing unsound, unethical and unsustainable practices. But it also presents a very strong opportunity to include more organisations who go above and beyond to structure their business to deliver positive social impact.

SAP employees will also support the partnership at an individual level through ‘Social Sabbaticals’. Each year SAP teams from around the world will volunteer their time and skills to social enterprises in the regions where the SEWF is held. Every year SAP sends over 250 employees on Social Sabbatical assignments around the world.

For SEWF, SAP employees from across Europe have spent two weeks immersed with three Scotland-based social enterprises including the Homeless World Cup Foundation, Penumbra, and the Social Enterprise Academy to solve critical strategic challenges they are facing.