United Nations Association Presents Humanitarian Award for Advancing Equality Through Innovation to SAP's Bill McDermott
Via SAP SE Newsroom
Oct 7, 2018
** NEW YORK ** — SAP SE (NYSE:SAP) today announced that CEO Bill McDermott’s groundbreaking work in promoting gender equality has been recognized by the United Nations Association of New York.
During a time when trust in public institutions and the will for global collaboration is at an all-time low, the United Nations Association of New York honored McDermott on Tuesday, alongside co-honorees who included former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The annual fundraiser, held at the Metropolitan Club in midtown Manhattan, brings together leading members from the diplomatic, corporate and NGO sectors to shine a spotlight on work intended to eliminate gender discrimination around the world.
“I couldn’t be prouder of what my 95,000 SAP colleagues have done to make us a champion not only for equality, but for all 17 global goals,” McDermott said in prepared remarks. “We have big challenges. For some, these may be mistaken as impossible. On the contrary, I believe our greatest challenges are also our biggest opportunities.”
Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business News, who introduced McDermott, said: “Bill set a bold vision when he started as CEO of SAP: Help the world run better and improve people’s lives. That’s it. Audacious, elegant, powerful, good. Just like the man himself. It takes a unique kind of leader to bring people together, unite them in a common mission and achieve extraordinary results.”
The United Nations Association singled out SAP in its effort to advance UN Sustainable Development Goal number five, gender equality, through innovation and technology. This goal is one of 17 set by the UN as part of its 2030 agenda.
The award called out SAP initiatives such as EDGE certification, Girls Who Code and Business Beyond Bias — the use of machine learning capabilities in SAP SuccessFactors solutions to detect and eliminate unconscious bias in HR processes — as part of the rationale for the award.
At the end of the evening, McDermott issued a call to action and a promise. “This is not a women’s issue. This is a human issue. We should never doubt that progress is possible… the greatest thing a leader can do is change hearts and minds. I promise you — great companies like SAP will always stand up to give back.”
Above: SAP CEO Bill McDermott and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
**Media Contact: ** Rajiv Sekhri, +49 6227 77 487, email@example.com, CET
Any statements contained in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “predict,” “should” and “will” and similar expressions as they relate to SAP are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. SAP undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The factors that could affect SAP’s future financial results are discussed more fully in SAP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including SAP’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their dates. © 2018 SAP SE. All rights reserved. SAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP SE in Germany and other countries. Please see https://www.sap.com/copyright for additional trademark information and notices.
Stay up to date with the latest industry developments: sign up to receive TelecomTV's top news and videos plus exclusive subscriber-only content direct to your inbox – including our daily news briefing and weekly wrap.