Professor Hasso Plattner, Ph.D.

Engineer, Billionaire, Co-founder, CEO, and

Co-chairman of SAP. AG


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - October 22, 2001 - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the world’s leading provider of e-business software solutions, is becoming the most significant corporate supporter of the Convention on Business Integrity in Africa. Attending a meeting of the International Task Force on Information Society and Development in South Africa, SAP’s CEO and co-founder Hasso Plattner announced that his company was committed to providing funding and assistance to the convention. The convention aims to promote business integrity and transparency as a basis for sustainable development. SAP produces software solutions that help make business processes transparent and efficient, and therefore identifies with the convention’s mission.

SAP’s support will enable the Convention on Business Integrity to fund the setup of its secretariat in Nigeria, and pave the way for a potentially global rollout of the initiative. Furthermore, the software solution provider calls for corporations doing business in Africa to line up behind the initiative.Established in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1997, the Convention on Business Integrity tackles the issue of integrity in the private sector. The convention promotes ethical conduct, transparency and accountability. Its founding members are Integrity, an anti-corruption non-governmental organization (NGO) set up by Nigerian businessmen; Transparency in Nigeria, a national chapter of Transparency International; and numerous local and multinational businesses. The convention seeks to increase the level of business confidence in Africa by certifying its members’ integrity.“We felt a natural chemistry between the aims of the convention and our own corporate conduct and services,” Plattner said. “The convention’s principles are very much in line with SAP’s philosophy. Strengthening business process transparency in Africa will help increase investor confidence and bring about greater investment inflows benefiting all.”SAP has been with the initiative since its birth: Soji Apampa, a Solution Manager at SAP Africa, was a founding director of Integrity. He participated in drafting the Code of Integrity, a comprehensive code of business ethics for the members of the convention. “The convention is a pilot project,” Apampa said. “But with the backing of SAP, it is gaining momentum, and will have the potential to be rolled out around the world. We will be seeking wider cooperation with Transparency International and the United Nations in this matter.”

SAP, alongside many African and multinational businesses operating in Africa, believes that the private sector has a strong role to play in stimulating growth and development in African countries. Hence, SAP made it its mission to make its technology and know-how available to African governments, helping its regional clientele to catch up with the information age based on state-of-the-art software solutions. The company is also a member of the U.N. Global Compact initiative, an international platform designed to promote institutional learning through transparency and dialogue to identify and disseminate good practices based on universal principles.

About Hasso Plattner


Hasso Plattner is the CEO, co-chairman and co-founder of SAP AG. He has served as co-chairman since 1997. In 1972, he founded SAP together with four IBM colleagues. An electrical engineer, he is responsible for strategy, marketing, corporate communications and development of SAP solutions in the areas of discrete manufacturing and service industries. He is also CEO of SAPMarkets, Inc.

About SAP


SAP is the world’s leading provider of e-business software solutions. Through the mySAP.com® e-business platform, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 17,000 companies in over 120 countries run more than 44,500 installations of SAP® software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP” (additional information at http://www.sap.com).

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