EngagementCultureSAP Ariba Live 2019: Amal Clooney, Michele Mees and more

SAP Ariba Live 2019: Amal Clooney, Michele Mees and more

SAP Ariba Live 2019 hit Barcelona last week, playing host to Amal Clooney, Michele Mees and a cavalcade of incredible discussions around sustainability and its importance in culture and talent attraction. Read the HRD Connect report here.

How can our businesses be a force for good in the world, and how can doing so boost success?

SAP Ariba Live 2019, taking place beach-side in beautiful Barcelona, played host to a powerful array of diverse speakers discussing sustainability and organisational culture across three packed days.

Photo: SAP SE

The conference kicked off with a Sustainability Summit, focused on how businesses can become more environmentally and socially responsible, and why doing so is not only a matter of social good, but also one of business success.

Saffia Minney, MBE FRSA, entrepreneur and founder of People Tree, told a packed crowd in Barcelona’s Soho House what sustainable, environmentally conscious supply chains can do for organisational culture, and how this impacts talent attraction and retention.

“We know that consumers want it, and we know that employees in our organisations want it”, Minney said.

Minney discussed ways to include this attitude in company culture through rewards and benefits, such as encouraging employees travelling for work to take trains instead of planes, and giving the extra time taken to travel as paid leave.

Indeed, it seems that an organisations identity is a crucial factor in attracting the right people, fully engaging them in the organisational journey, and retaining them for the long haul

Minney also emphasised the importance of using emotion in business strategy, urging leaders to “Push sadness and fear into action”.

The Sustainability Summit also included a session with representatives from DocuSign, IAG and Givewith entitled ‘The Case for Purpose’.

“Business responsibility is now part of the business agenda”, Sebastian Ociepka, Head of Business Intelligence & Systems, IAG, said in his opening remarks. “But how can we make sustainability part of our day-to-day work?”

All three companies gave examples of ways that purpose has become part of their business strategy. KC Hamels, Senior Director, DocuSign, revealed that the company has allowed clients to find out how many trees they have saved by using their service, as an integral part of solidifying their business culture and identification.

What's Hot

HRD Roundtable Report: Levelling Up Onboarding for the Hybrid World

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Levelling Up Onboarding for the Hybrid World 5 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Levelling Up Onboarding for...

Attracting new talent is shooting up the priority list, but also proving more difficult than ever. A...

View event
HRD Roundtable Report: Redefining Company Culture in Hybrid Work Environments

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Redefining Company Culture in Hybrid Work Environments 26 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Redefining Company Culture ...

The process of redefining a company culture is a complex one. Culture contributes directly to the da...

View event
Learning to win the talent war: how digital marketing can develop its people

Whitepaper | Talent Development Learning to win the talent war: how digital marketing can develop its people

9m

Learning to win the talent war: how digital market...

This report documents the findings of a Fireside chat held by ClickZ in the first quarter of 2022. I...

View resource
HRD Roundtable Report: Strategies For Re-Engaging The Hybrid Workforce

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Strategies For Re-Engaging The Hybrid Workforce 5 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Strategies For Re-Engaging ...

We know hybrid working is here to stay, forcing many organisations to experiment with innovative and...

View event
HRD Roundtable Report: Making it ‘Worth It’ – What We Need to Reward, Engage and Retain

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Making it ‘Worth It’ – What We Need to Reward, Engage and Retain 3 March 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Making it ‘Worth It’ – What...

We know the pandemic has caused many people to revaluate their careers and relationships with work a...

View event
Dave Ulrich: How can business and HR leaders simplify complexity?

Leadership Development Dave Ulrich: How can business and HR leaders simplify complexity?

1y Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich: How can business and HR leaders simpl...

HR thought leader Dave Ulrich outlines ways leaders can deal with complexity in an increasingly busy...

View article
HRD Roundtable Report: Using HR Data to Inform Organisational Decision Making

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Using HR Data to Inform Organisational Decision Making 5 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Using HR Data to Inform Org...

Historically, HR hasn’t been as effective as it could be in sharing and communicating data with wide...

View event
Digital transformation investment grows but critical skills gaps remain - Coursera report

Digital HR Digital transformation investment grows but critical skills gaps remain - Coursera report

1y Leah Belsky

Digital transformation investment grows but critic...

Covid-19 has accelerated the rate of digital learning on a global scale. Coursera's latest report pr...

View article
Wellbeing in the hybrid workplace: how to successfully drive engagement

Employee Engagement Wellbeing in the hybrid workplace: how to successfully drive engagement

1y Alara Basul | Sponsored

Wellbeing in the hybrid workplace: how to successf...

Remote working has impacted the way we communicate as a workforce, but striking the right balance be...

View article
How to create a company culture capable of empowering the modern workforce

Culture How to create a company culture capable of empowering the modern workforce

1y Alara Basul | Sponsored

How to create a company culture capable of empower...

While new working patterns that emerged from the pandemic have earned a permanent spot in the w...

View article
WATCH: Connection and collaboration in a hybrid workplace

Leadership Learnings WATCH: Connection and collaboration in a hybrid workplace

1y Amy Kirkham

WATCH: Connection and collaboration in a hybrid wo...

Alison Noon-Jones, VP of People & Culture at Leidos UK & Europe, shares how crucial employee engagem...

View article
Turbulence ahead: Why it’s time to be bold in your leadership

Leadership Development Turbulence ahead: Why it’s time to be bold in your leadership

1y Terence Mauri

Turbulence ahead: Why it’s time to be bold in your...

HRD thought leader and Hack Future Lab founder Terence Mauri sets out why the biggest risk to leader...

View article

This is a crucial part of DocuSign’s talent attraction and retainment strategy, especially when it comes to recruiting millennials.

“They really care about what we stand for as an organisation, and whether we walk the walk”, said KC Hamels, emphasising that providing data to prove their commitment to sustainability has made a major impact on their workforce.

Pat McCarthy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global, SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass, concluded the Summit with some simple advice for business leaders.

“Doing good is good business”, McCarthy said, in addition to urging the audience to pay external workforces well and on time.

Next came the first General Session of the Summit, hosted by Tifenn Dano Kwan CMO, SAP Ariba and SAP Fieldglass, and featuring talks from Jennifer Morgan, President of SAP’s Cloud Business Group, Lisa Gonzalez Smith, Head of Purchasing, Ford Motor Company and, finally, celebrated human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

Amal Clooney speaks to Tifenn Dano Kwan at SAP Ariba Live, Barcelona.

Amal Clooney spoke of the numerous cases she has fought in the name of equality and freedom, while urging business leaders to commit to creating change in the world.

“The days are gone when businesses aren’t on the frontline”, Amal Clooney said, “They are held accountable through their employees … If businesses don’t act, they will be judged by their communities.”

Clooney gave examples of why doing good is also a key factor in business success.

“Empowering women in your organisations will grow business”, said Clooney, “and doing good will attract the young”.

“If businesses believe that doing good can be profitable then doing good will be sustainable, and if it’s profitable it will be long-lasting.”

Despite discussing difficult and upsetting topics, Clooney’s speech was a positive one, telling the audience that, even in the darkest moments she faces in her work, she sees “the resilience of the human spirit.”

Wednesday saw a host of Q&As and Breakout Sessions on the future of work, including a session on spanning the generation gap, hosted by Melissa Drew, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting, and another entitled ‘Mind Your Bias: It’s Showing – A Shift from Advocacy to Action’ hosted by Etosha K. Thurman, Head of Global Business Network, SAP Ariba.

There was also a Diversity Leadership Lunch, which included a session with Michele Mees, TED-Ex speaker and author of ‘The Balanced Leader’. Mees discussed the ways in which leaders can strive for a more inclusive workplace by leveraging both their “male and female” inner selves.

Photo: SAP SE

“Take it to heart”, Michele Mees told an audience of business leaders.

“Make sure your whole person is involved. If you only use your head, you will find arguments against it.”

“You put so much energy and passion into your work. It’s essential that you put this energy into something that will make the world a better place.”

Mees answered challenging questions from the audience, and asked every audience member to take part in a personality test that assessed their emotional balance in the workplace and decision-making skills.

Following a fantastic Celebration Night, which took place across three venues on Barcelona’s sublime beachfront, SAP Ariba Live concluded with a final General Session, introduced by SAP Ariba CPO James Lee accompanying a live flamenco performance, and featuring an insightful session on the future of AI and Emotional Intelligence software with Rana el Kaliouby, CEO and Co-Founder of Affectiva.

Photo: SAP SE

It was an inspiring few days, hammering home the truth that, if organisations are to succeed in creating a culture that attracts and retains the right people, sustainability must be at the heart of the business agenda.

 

Comments are closed.

What's Hot

HRD Roundtable Report: Levelling Up Onboarding for the Hybrid World

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Levelling Up Onboarding for the Hybrid World 5 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Levelling Up Onboarding for...

Attracting new talent is shooting up the priority list, but also proving more difficult than ever. A...

View event
HRD Roundtable Report: Redefining Company Culture in Hybrid Work Environments

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Redefining Company Culture in Hybrid Work Environments 26 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Redefining Company Culture ...

The process of redefining a company culture is a complex one. Culture contributes directly to the da...

View event
Learning to win the talent war: how digital marketing can develop its people

Whitepaper | Talent Development Learning to win the talent war: how digital marketing can develop its people

9m

Learning to win the talent war: how digital market...

This report documents the findings of a Fireside chat held by ClickZ in the first quarter of 2022. I...

View resource
HRD Roundtable Report: Strategies For Re-Engaging The Hybrid Workforce

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Strategies For Re-Engaging The Hybrid Workforce 5 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Strategies For Re-Engaging ...

We know hybrid working is here to stay, forcing many organisations to experiment with innovative and...

View event
HRD Roundtable Report: Making it ‘Worth It’ – What We Need to Reward, Engage and Retain

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Making it ‘Worth It’ – What We Need to Reward, Engage and Retain 3 March 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Making it ‘Worth It’ – What...

We know the pandemic has caused many people to revaluate their careers and relationships with work a...

View event
Dave Ulrich: How can business and HR leaders simplify complexity?

Leadership Development Dave Ulrich: How can business and HR leaders simplify complexity?

1y Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich: How can business and HR leaders simpl...

HR thought leader Dave Ulrich outlines ways leaders can deal with complexity in an increasingly busy...

View article
HRD Roundtable Report: Using HR Data to Inform Organisational Decision Making

Roundtable Report HRD Roundtable Report: Using HR Data to Inform Organisational Decision Making 5 May 2022

9m

HRD Roundtable Report: Using HR Data to Inform Org...

Historically, HR hasn’t been as effective as it could be in sharing and communicating data with wide...

View event
Digital transformation investment grows but critical skills gaps remain - Coursera report

Digital HR Digital transformation investment grows but critical skills gaps remain - Coursera report

1y Leah Belsky

Digital transformation investment grows but critic...

Covid-19 has accelerated the rate of digital learning on a global scale. Coursera's latest report pr...

View article