Another experience that enriched Liliana's thoughts about diversity was a change of scenery. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she moved to Santiago, Chile, in 2009. “Although Chile is not very far away from Argentina, our cultures are very different. Being culturally sensitive helps us grow," she said. Her children attend an international secular school and interact with diverse types of people.
Liliana has been working for SAP for the last 18 years. “Cultural diversity is of utmost importance. We speak with colleagues and clients from all over the world. There is a great opening for different people and situations," she said. “You are born in a certain country, with a certain culture. Then you realize that the world is so much bigger than that, and so is diversity,” she added, hoping that this diversity will be reflected in different spheres, both inside and outside of the job market.
Address of graffiti art: 1843, Salvador Ave, Ñuñoa | Santiago, Chile
she moved to Santiago
We know that having greater inter-cultural understanding and sensitivity is critical to success in today’s global economy. At SAP we have a community of employees, partners and customers with a broad variety of nationalities, religions, backgrounds and many other distinct aspects of life.
To create and maintain an inclusive environment, SAP promotes a specific Cultural Intelligence module within the company’s own Diversity & Inclusion Learning Program.
The availability of cultural intelligence tools and support to Cultures@SAP (SAP’s Employee Network Group with the aim of encouraging all SAP employees worldwide to promote a sense of inclusiveness and multicultural understanding) drive our employees to the path of success.
Moreover, SAP has played a leading role in the ongoing refugee crisis. In 2016, as part of the “Engaging for Refugees” initiative, we hired 105 interns in various locations throughout Germany and brought on 15 students for dual-study positions that were specifically created for refugees. SAP also has organized events such as Refugee Code Week in countries like Jordan and Lebanon in cooperation with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).