Integrated annual report, IIR Framework, GRI Standards

SAP SE – Annual report – 31 December 2017

Industry: software

About This Report


Since 2012, we have reported on our full-year financial, social, and environmental performance in one integrated report (“SAP Integrated Report”) available at The SAP Integrated Report 2017 takes into consideration the recommendations from the International Integrated Reporting Framework.

The financial reporting presented in the SAP Integrated Report includes our Consolidated Financial Statements and our Combined Management Report. Following our integrated reporting approach the Combined Management Report also provides non-financial information. This non-financial information relates to topics derived from our materiality assessment including innovation, impact on society, human capital, business conduct, human and digital rights, and climate and energy. For more information about our materiality assessment, see the Materiality section.

Basis of Presentation

Our Combined Management Report is prepared in accordance with sections 289, 289a, 289f, 315, 315a and 315d of the German Commercial Code and German Accounting Standards No. 17 and 20. The Combined Management Report is also a management commentary complying with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Practice Statement Management Commentary.

Our Consolidated Financial Statements are prepared in accordance with IFRS. Our executive management has confirmed the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting.

Our Non-Financial Report is prepared in accordance with sections 289b and 315b of the German Commercial Code, which require us to report, for both, SAP SE and SAP Group, on social, environmental, and other non-financial matters. All non-financial information stipulated in the German Commercial Code, sections 315c and 289c that is relevant to understand SAP’s development, performance of the business, and the position of the Group and SAP SE is included in our Combined Management Report. Rather than repeating this information, our Non-Financial Report (which is part of this integrated report at provides references to the sections of our Combined Management Report that provide the required disclosures.

The social and environmental data and information included in the SAP Integrated Report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. This GRI option indicates that a report contains the minimum information needed to understand the nature of the organization, its material topics and related impacts, and how these are managed. We apply the GRI principles for defining report content (sustainability context, stakeholder inclusiveness, materiality, and completeness). We consider the principle of sustainability context in a number of ways, such as by looking at global issues or trends including climate change and demographic shifts. For example, we assess our greenhouse gas emissions in the context of the emissions of the entire information and communications technology landscape, with particular focus on the abatement potential of the industry. When it comes to completeness, we recognize that while we comply with this principle in reporting on our own operations, we are still developing methodologies to reliably quantify our impact through our solutions.

Greenhouse gas data is prepared based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.


All financial and non-financial data and information for the reporting period is reported utilizing SAP software solutions and sourced from the responsible business units.

The reporting period is fiscal year 2017. The report encompasses SAP SE and all subsidiaries of the SAP Group. To make this report as current as possible, we have included relevant information available up to the auditor’s opinion and the responsibility statement dated February 21, 2018. The report is available in English and German.

Independent Audit and Assurance

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft has audited our Consolidated Financial Statements and our Combined Management Report (including the information that our Non-Financial Report references to). Additionally, KPMG has provided assurance on selected non-financial data and information in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 and 3410 (“Assurance Engagements on Greenhouse Gas Statements”), two pertinent standards for the assurance of sustainability reporting. Where our SAP Integrated Report makes reference to SAP’s public Web site, that Web site information is unaudited. Both the Independent Auditor’s Report and the Independent Assurance Report for non-financial information are available in the Independent Auditor’s Report section and the Independent Assurance Report section.

Concept and Realization

This report was designed by SAP and created with SAP S/4HANA software and the SAP Disclosure Management application.