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SAP Rolls Out Initiatives to Safeguard its Workforce in India Against COVID-19

CIO Insider Team | Wednesday, 19 May, 2021

As India continues to record an alarming rate of COVID-19 cases, tech giant SAP has rolled out a series of initiatives to safeguard its workforce against COVID-19 in the country.

SAP, which strives for the safety and well-being of its workforce during these tough times, has added another three million euros to its COVID Emergency Fund, bringing the total amount raised to six million euros.

Additionally, Rs.17 crore will be used to support colleagues and their families in India, as well as the local community.

As of May 18, the Department of Health, Government of Karnataka, received a shipment from SAP Germany containing ventilators, respiratory humidifiers, and a full-face mask. This consignment is estimated to be worth Rs.10 crore.

Of these funds, COVAX, the vaccine cornerstone of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, will receive one million euros of this latest donation. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, and the WHO, as well as long-time SAP partner UNICEF, are leading COVAX. Its aim is to hasten the production and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines while also ensuring equal and equitable access to all countries around the world.

Moreover, the tech giant is collaborating with Rural Bengaluru's district collector to improve healthcare and public health systems in four taluks. Its goal is to provide people with the ‘life-saving’ assistance provided under COVID-19 treatment protocols.

The teams also assist the Indo German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and its 4500 members by using SAP Jam to create a marketplace for member businesses to share COVID services.

The tech giant has been supplying four taluk hospitals with 50 oxygen concentrators. It has also been constructing makeshift hospitals in Doddaballapura, which will house a 100-bed critical care facility.

Soon a 'COVID Care Centre' will open in collaboration with partner hospitals and hotels. Once the vaccine supplies are made available, employees and their immediate qualifying families will be able to get vaccinated at the SAP Labs India campus.

SAP Labs India employees are assisting the Karnataka State Government's COVID War Room by developing applications to aid in the operation of the war rooms. The teams also assist the Indo German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and its 4500 members by using SAP Jam to create a marketplace for member businesses to share COVID services.

Kulmeet Bawa, President, SAP India and Sindhu Gangadharan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, SAP Labs, India, are doing all they can to help the massive relief effort underway. At SAP Labs India facilities, local SAP India teams help employees and their families get vaccinated.

In line with collaborations, the tech giant continues to work with non-profit organizations and strategic partners namely NASSCOM Foundation and UNDP India, to support the community in.

•Augment public health and healthcare infrastructure.
•Offer preventative care measures for citizens, including SAP employees.
•Deliver homecare support for citizens, including SAP employees.
•Conduct awareness and sensitization campaign for COVID-19 vaccination.

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