SAP SE recently announced plans to build new capabilities within its SAP® SuccessFactors® HCM Suite to help improve workplace diversity. Using text mining and machine learning based on the SAP HANA® platform, the initiative aims to help companies review job descriptions, performance reviews and similar people processes for potential bias and suggest changes to encourage equity. The announcement was made at the 28th annualSAPPHIRE® NOW conference.
These new capabilities will complement existing SAP SuccessFactors offerings that already help address inequity. Analytics and reports focused on diversity and inclusion are available to help organizations identify and track where biases exist in talent acquisition and management processes — recruiting, compensation, succession and the like — coupled with guidance on actions to take to address those biases. SAP is also exploring applications for mentoring programs that will help people from historically disadvantaged groups more effectively navigate and develop their careers, as well as tools for balancing family and work that will integrate elements of benefits, scheduling and management into a single process.
With the launch of a new SAP Diversity and Inclusion Customer Advisory Group earlier this month, SAP will work with customers and diversity and inclusion experts to identify how technology can be utilized to support inclusiveness, with an initial focus on gender equity. Several global customers from a range of industries, including Erste Group Bank, McCormick & Company, New York Life, Royal Bank of Canada and Varian Medical Systems, will contribute to the development of new SAP SuccessFactors products and features focused on addressing inequity