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2080139 - How To Import Foundation Objects or Foundation Data - Employee Central


How to import Foundation Data for Employee Central processes?


SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central


As of 1H 2022 Release "Import and Export Data" should be used to import some MDF entities.

From this release onwards, system will not support legacy imports (Import Foundation Data), as it used to, for the following entities:

  • Legal Entity
  • Legal Entity Local
  • Business Unit
  • Department
  • Division
  • Job Classification
  • Job Classification Local
  • Job Family
  • Job Function
  • Pay Group
  • Cost Center
  • Pay Calendar

Please note that this also applies to back-end job "Foundation Data Import". "MDF Data Import" and "MDF Data Export" jobs should be used, instead.

"Import Foundation Data" can still be used to import the following entities:

  • Location
  • Pay Component
  • Pay Component Group
  • Frequency
  • Pay Range
  • Location Group
  • Event Reason
  • Pay Grade
  • Workflow
  • Dynamic Role
  • Contributors
  • Cc Role
  • Geo Zone


  1. Go to Admin Center;
  2. Search for "Import and Export Data";
  3. Select "Import Data".

Templates can be generated for each Foundation Object by selecting "Download Template".

Import types available:

  • Full Purge
  • Incremental Load

"Validate" button may be used to check for data errors before importing without any risk to existing data.


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