SAP reduces employee emissions, boosts female hires in Q3

SAP posts sustainability hits, misses in Q3 2011: overall emissions up, per capita emissions down and more women in leadership roles.

Enterprise software company SAP on Wednesday offered a little bit of good news in an otherwise down economy.

In a sustainability update for the third quarter of 2011, the German company said it reduced its emissions per capita by two percent even as its overall emissions increased by three percent year over year. It was able to do so through a decrease in air travel -- steep ticket prices certainly didn't hurt -- and a number of efficiency programs.

(To get a sense of SAP's emissions spread, see the illustration of its Q2 figures at right. One for Q3 isn't yet available.)

The company also signed onto the Greenhouse Gas Protocol's Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard for supply chain emissions impact. SAP says it's on track to meet its year-end emissions target of 460 kilotons as part of a greater goal of reducing emissions to 20th century levels, and it estimates that these efforts has saved it $270 million since 2008.

Another bright point: SAP increased the percentage of women in leadership positions from 17.8 percent to 18.6 percent. Its goal is 25 percent by 2017; we think it can get there well before that date.

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