During the week of September 18, 2017, government, business, UN and civil society leaders from across the globe have come together in New York to address global challenges that no single organization or sector can tackle alone. Two years after the ratification of the United Nations’ 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the COP21 Paris agreement, it’s time to assess how far the world has come. The spotlight will be on pathways and solutions towards achieving the SDGs and the role businesses can and should play.
Join this free open online course, Sustainability Through Digital Transformation, to explore how companies can embrace the opportunities that are arising. In this course, you’ll learn about the evolution of sustainability within organizations in the areas of integrated reporting, social and environmental impact creation, and responsible investment. You’ll become familiar with recent sustainability frameworks, including the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and gain an understanding of how digitization can enable companies to become more successful while contributing to the SDGs.
This course was retired in August 2023.
This course was retired in August 2023.
Digitization is the word on everyone’s lips. Businesses, governments, and other public organizations are busy trying to define their own digital roadmap. But how is this connected with sustainability? Events like the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris or the World Economic Forum in Davos made it clear that if businesses want to survive, they have to learn how to become sustainable. And digitization plays a key role in enabling this. “Sustainability through Digital Transformation” allows you to explore the opportunities digitization offers to further drive sustainability. The course shows how the power of technology can help companies become more successful and at the same time contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Together, we’ll explore opportunities to master the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. We’ll look at examples of how to leverage digital innovation to transform industry sectors, including health, mobility, financial services, and education for the better.
Week 1: Evolving Organizational Sustainability
Week 2: Digitization Creates Social Impact
Week 3: Digitization and Resource Productivity
Week 4: Final Exam
No development systems are required for this course.
Christine Susanne Müller
Christine Susanne Müller joined the sustainability core team in 2012 as transformation and change manager for sustainability. She is responsible for coordinating and executing all change activities, programs, and projects related to SAP's sustainability goals from a holistic change perspective.
Since 2001, Christine Susanne has worked in various change management and communications roles at SAP on a local, regional, and global level.
Ulrike Fritz-Welz is a technical writer and knowledge transfer specialist with much experience in creating and operating Massive Open Online Courses. She was among the first members of the openSAP team.
After years of private commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, she now makes her passion the focus of her professional life.
Previous version of this course is available here: Sustainability Through Digital Transformation (April 13, 2016 to Thursday, May 12, 2016)
Find out more in the certificate guidelines.
Dr. Will Ritzrau joined the sustainability core team in 2013 after 14 years of various internal and customer-facing roles at SAP.
Will is responsible for establishing and expanding sustainability in the core business of SAP. Prior to SAP, Will worked as a biological oceanographer in international climate research programs.
Dr. Barbara Flügge heads the initiative on empowering ecosystems at SAP. Her focus is on ecosystems embracing business and service opportunities for public and private organizations. Barbara leads the Smart Logistics and Smart Mobility team, designing seamless mobility and digital service models.
Prior to this, Barbara managed programs for Ariba, Arthur Andersen Management Consulting, and PriceWaterhouse
SAP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Daniel Schmid, has been globally responsible for sustainability at SAP SE since 2014.
Daniel started his career in IT consulting and held various senior management positions within SAP Consulting. He then joined the sustainability leadership team, established in 2009 to start SAP’s sustainability journey, and lead the Sustainability Operations team.
Daniel holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He is chair of the board of econsense, a forum for the sustainable development of German business.