Alexandra van der Ploeg is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP globally. Alexandra is responsible for setting the strategic direction of CSR focused on bringing to life SAP’s higher purpose of “helping the world run better and improving people’s lives” through strategic partnerships and programs that deliver sustainable social impact and long-term business value. In this function, she also oversees corporate giving, volunteerism and the development of multi-stakeholder partnerships for which Alexandra has a particular passion.
Alexandra joined SAP in 1999. She started with SAP Switzerland in charge of management development and over the course of the next ten years held various managerial positions in Human Resources. Moving into the CSR organization in 2010, Alexandra developed and managed various global CSR programs, such as building an infrastructure for social business in Haiti and the development of a range of pro-bono volunteering program, e.g. the SAP Social Sabbatical Portfolio. Alexandra also serves on the advisory council of IMPACT 2030 and is part of the Leadership Council of the Realized Worth Institute. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School in Great Britain.

  • Day 2 – Thursday 10 June
  • 10.00 – 10.50

The role of corporations in building social entrepreneurship ecosystems

Why is a market leader in enterprise software advocating for social business and social procurement? Why is a leading vehicle manufacturer interested in supporting social ventures in transport and logistics? Together with Daniel Nowack from Yunus Social Business, Alexandra van der Ploeg (SAP) and Fabian Heidinger (MAN Truck & Bus), we will explore the role of companies in supporting social business and creating an inclusive and sustainable economy. Daniel will also share the story of Yunus Social Business and its role in philanthropic venture funds and corporate innovation. Watch the session recording