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Join this free online course to understand the connection between business and human rights as well as the growing emphasis on societal impact and social responsibility for businesses. Learn how to transform obligations into a positive impact and explore how technology, specifically SAP technology, plays a pivotal role in promoting human rights in a business context.

April 15, 2024 - May 21, 2024
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information

Course Summary

Sustainability isn't just about going green. Like the environment, people are also affected by business decisions. And the demand for social responsibility is growing from investors, regulators, and consumers. In environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, the 'S' in ESG is becoming a crucial factor, presenting challenges like compliance demands, human rights responsibilities, and societal expectations for social responsibility. Whilst the challenges are complex, addressing human rights and the societal impact of businesses offers an opportunity to drive meaningful and effective business action.

In this course you’ll learn about the role of the ‘S’ in ESG, the impact of business on human rights, business action and best practices to tackle social responsibility, upcoming regulations addressing human rights due diligence (HRDD) across the value chain, and how technology – especially several SAP solutions – can act as an enabler for social responsibility across critical business processes.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Introduction to Business and Human Rights
Week 2: Business Impact on Society and the Environment
Week 3: Business Impact - Own Workforce, Consumers, and Communities
Week 4: Business Impact - Workers in the Value Chain
Week 5: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • Chief human rights officers
  • Enterprise risk managers
  • Chief procurement officers
  • Chief human resources managers
  • Safety managers

Course Requirements


Course contents

  • Week 1:

    Introduction to Business and Human Rights
  • Week 2:

    Business Impact on Society and the Environment
  • Week 3:

    Business Impact - Own Workforce, Consumers, and Communities
  • Week 4:

    Business Impact - Workers in the Value Chain
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  • Final Exam:

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

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This course is offered by

Johanna Latt

Johanna Latt is a solution expert for social responsibility solutions at SAP, focused on the S in ESG and how businesses can tackle inequality and social reporting requirements. She supports the creation and development of business-critical software solutions that enable corporations to respect and comply with human rights standards across their entire value chain and deliver measurable positive social impact. ​

Johanna has a technical background in IT systems engineering as well as human-centered design and is part of the Women in Tech movement. She has been working in sustainability since 2017.​

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Kwena Mabotja

Kwena Mabotja is global director for sustainability marketing and solutions at SAP. She spearheads global engagement with NGOs like the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and also leads SAP's social responsibility marketing, championing business and human rights solutions. ​

Kwena holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and London Business School, along with certificates from the Kellogg School of Management. ​

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Marcus Burke

Marcus Burke is a Manager for Equity Action at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Geneva, Switzerland, leading the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI). ​

His work has focused primarily on guiding member companies on creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, realizing the just transition to a net-zero and nature-positive economy, and implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.​

Marcus holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French from the University of Virginia, an MSc in Finance from EDHEC Business School, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Data Analytics from Brown University.​

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Kathryn DOVEY

Kathryn Dovey is based at the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct. She joined the OECD in 2014 and previously ran the network of National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct across over 50 governments. She also worked with multiple countries on the fight against international tax evasion and during this time established the Africa Initiative on tax transparency. From 2020-2022 Kathryn was Executive Director of Open For Business, a global coalition of companies building the economic and business case for LGBT+ inclusion.

Over the past 20 years, Kathryn has provided human rights expertise to governments, business, and civil society in a wide range of countries including Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Liberia, Myanmar, and Russia. From 2012-14 she was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights and in 2014, she was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the WEF. She has lived and worked in Canada, France, Portugal, and Russia.

Courtney Holm

Courtney Holm is Capgemini Invent UK’s Vice President of Sustainable Futures. Her role is to shape the way Capgemini UK creates long-term, sustainable value for clients, enabling them with fresh perspectives and digital solutions so that they can play a transformative role in addressing planetary, people, and systems challenges.​​

Courtney has a proven track record of implementing innovative technology solutions for sustainable development and is an expert in facilitating collaboration around complex sustainability challenges.

Juan Diaz Reina

Juan Diaz Reina is a senior consultant for Sustainable Futures at Capgemini Invent. He is a sustainability professional with over 12 years of international and cross-cultural expertise in collaborating with governments, private enterprises, associations, and third-sector and multilateral organizations.​

Juan has experience and knowledge applying different national and international frameworks related to sustainability, such as the UK Social Value Model, the Equality Act 2010, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Universal Declaration of HHRR, the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the UN Global Compact seeking to promote impact, value, and legacy, leaving no one behind.​​

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Karolina Telejko

Karolina Telejko is the EU Government Affairs Director at SAP. She focuses on SAP’s policy and advocacy efforts around sustainability, including the EU Green Deal, ESG reporting, human rights and UN COP, and engages with policymakers and trade associations to enhance green, digital, and just transition in Europe and globally. ​

In the area of human rights and due diligence, she monitors and analyzes key legislation in the EU such as the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D).​ ​ Karolina holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science, a postgraduate diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility, and a World Bank certificate on social responsibility. ​

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Alexandra van der Ploeg

Alexandra van der Ploeg is SAP's global head of corporate social responsibility (CSR), leading strategic initiatives to drive sustainable and long-term social impact and business value. Her current focus also includes managing corporate giving, employee engagement, and developing multi-stakeholder partnerships. ​

Beyond SAP, Alexandra co-chairs the Conference Boards' European Corporate Citizenship Council, is a member of the Leadership Council of the Realized Worth Institute, and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.​

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Lise Møller Frikke

Lise Møller Frikke holds the position of strategic risk manager at SAP. She has a wealth of experience as a risk executive in the domains of governance, risk management, and compliance. ​

Lise is actively involved in the FERMA organization, contributing to the Sustainability committee by sharing her knowledge and supporting the European risk management community in aligning risk management frameworks with sustainability initiatives.​

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Simone Maienfisch

Simone Maienfisch drives the industries sustainability strategy as part of the New Business Evolution team in SAP's CMSO Industries and CX organization. In her role, she focuses on the transformation of the different industries to build sustainable businesses and to incorporate new technologies helping companies to embed sustainability into everything they do, from climate action and circularity to social responsibility.​

Simone was also behind the future-looking social responsibility-related SAP News Feature article on ‘Reskilling for the Green Transition’.​

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Stephanie Raabe

Stephanie Raabe is SAP’s human rights officer. She focuses on SAP’s overall approach to respect human rights in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and monitors compliance with mandatory human rights due diligence regulations like the German Supply Chain Act. ​ ​ Having worked for almost 20 years in corporate sustainability, she has experience in various topics like integrated reporting, sustainable finance / EU Taxonomy, ratings and rankings, ISO 14001, sustainable procurement and sustainability strategy. ​

Since 2019, Stephanie has served as a member of the Board of the UN Global Compact Network Germany. ​

Avital Ben-Natan

Avital Ben Natan is an innovation development expert at SAP Sustainability Innovation and Engagement. In this role he is focused on developing and implementing strategies and solutions to embed sustainability and social responsibility in business operations. Avital has researched and co-authored SAP's Human Rights Due Diligence Point of View on the critical issue of human rights from an economic perspective.

Avital also founded the 2021 Hasso Plattner Award nominated venture Ecosilient, a circular B2B sharing platform.

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Sandro Lovisa

Sandro Lovisa has 27 years of experience with SAP and has been part of the SAP GRC engineering and product management department since its inception. 

In his current role within GRC engineering, he concentrates on risk management in the context of environmental and social governance.

Sandro holds a Master’s degree and PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Mike Censurato

Mike Censurato is a solution manager for the SAP EHS applications at SAP and shares global responsibility for their go-to-market efforts. He has worked in the environmental software space for 23 years, focusing on SAP EHS for 21 of them. Before taking on the role of solution manager, Mike worked as an implementation consultant for SAP EHS and services practice lead.

Mike has a degree in geology and chemistry. He also obtained the CBAP Certified Business Analyst certification and is currently working on an MBA in sustainability.

Kim Lessley

Kim Lessley leads the Product Marketing team for the SAP SuccessFactors suite. Within this role, she is focused on driving the global go-to-market strategy and execution for SAP SuccessFactors solutions, including Talent Management (Onboarding, Recruiting, Learning, Performance & Goals, Compensation, Succession & Development), plus Core HR (Employee Central, Time Management, Global Benefits) and Payroll. ​

Kim is a regular speaker at SAP conferences, has co-authored an SAP Press book, and written many articles on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion. ​

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Sebastian Griessmeyer

Sebastian Griessmeyer is a senior product specialist for SAP S/4HANA for product compliance, which is part of SAP Cloud for Sustainable Enterprises. He currently works as a product manager in SAP’s sustainability engineering unit, focusing on the correlation between social responsibility/ESG and product compliance. He also has experience as a product compliance officer within the automotive software industry. ​

Sebastian holds a Master of Science in Engineering from University of Stuttgart and is a part-time lecturer at ​ Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. ​

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Allan Soo

Allan Soo is the solution manager for SAP Ariba and Fieldglass -Emerging Regulations and Sustainability, and covers areas across human rights, carbon emissions, circular economies, and sustainable supply chains. He has an engineering and business background, having previously worked in manufacturing, construction, energy, software, and financial services. ​

Allan holds a Bachelors in Engineering and Business Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has published several thought leadership pieces on circular economies for ecoVoice, on air pollution for the New York Times, and on ERP implementations for material flow analysis for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has also published in the academic journal Process Safety and Environmental Protection on machine learning for nutrient recovery in the smart city circular economy. ​

Nandita Ghosh

Nandita Ghosh has over 23 years of industry experience working in various domains like finance, human resources, e-commerce, and procurement. She currently works as the product manager for SAP Ariba Supplier Risk, which is one of the SAP procurement solutions. Her focus is on providing solutions for various regulations like the German Supply Chain Law and European CSDDD by enhancing the existing Supplier Risk solution as well as integrating it with other procurement processes and products like product compliance. ​

Nandita holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication and her pastime for the last few years (until 2022) has been coaching teams participating in the First Lego League Challenge. ​

Zack Alabaster

Zack Alabaster holds the position of artificial intelligence product manager at SAP Fieldglass. Within his role he is focused on crafting tools and features that empower users with data-driven insights to help transform business operations.​

Zack is part of the Human Rights Due Diligence program at SAP, and represented the team at the Businesses for Inclusive Growth World Business Council for Sustainable Development incubator program in 2023. ​

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Damien Buatois

Damien Buatois is a partner solution adoption principal in SAP’s SIX team (Solution & Innovation Experience). He is responsible for the Sustainable Procurement and Enterprise Architect partner workstreams. A domain expert in SAP Cloud for Sustainable Enterprise and the Intelligent Spend and Business Network solutions, Damien has led enablement programs and initiatives to co-innovate with partners in the area of sustainable procurement.​

​ Damien has over 15 years of experience at SAP with a strong background in procurement solutions and partner management based out of several countries. He has held various roles including technical lead, functional consultant, program manager, regional lead, and business development expert. He has worked with customers on implementation projects and coached partners to adopt sales plays and develop their own extensions and packaged offerings in several geographies and industries, combining ERP and line-of-business solutions. Prior to joining SAP, he worked in the life science and public sectors. ​

​ Damien holds a degree in life science and a Master of Science in software engineering after studying in France and Spain. ​ ​ Follow Damien on Linkedin​

Christian Polivka

Christian Polivka is a director within Sustainability Product Marketing at SAP SE, where he is responsible for SAP’s sustainability performance management application. ​

Christian has over 15 years of experience with SAP’s sustainability solutions. Prior to joining SAP, he was employed at a business consultancy where he dealt with the everyday EHS and sustainability challenges of the manufacturing industry. ​

Christian holds an MBA from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cooperative Education in Karlsruhe.​ ​ ​