Shaping the future with Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly – the heads of states from 193 nations – adopted a new agenda for sustainable development in order to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The agenda includes a set of 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.
At Nokia, we are convinced that to be part of the solution of global challenges is not only an opportunity, but an obligation. We believe that connectivity and opportunities driven by our technologies have a tremendous potential for economic and social empowerment for any individual, whether in the developed world or the developing world.
Sustainable development is central to our company vision. We invent, design, and deploy technologies that make a real difference to people’s lives, and take responsibility for the impact we can make in the world. We recently published our 2015 People & Planet Report which outlines how we achieve this. The report describes our performance across our 4 sustainability priorities: improving people’s lives with technology; respecting people in everything we do; protecting the environment and making change happen together. Beyond all the solid initiatives and results highlighted in our new report, I would like to focus on one in particular.
In 2015, Nokia has committed to contribute to the SDGs
To do so, we evaluated how our business and 4 sustainability priorities support reaching each of the 17 UN SDGs. The assessment showed that our sustainability strategy and programs are well aligned with them. Although we have the potential to contribute to every SDG through our advanced technology and network infrastructure, the most material goals in each activity area are the following.
Goal 8 – Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
We promote responsible business practices by running our business in line with the internationally recognized ethical and responsible business practices and by requiring the same high standards from our suppliers. We also foster a culture where health and safety is a priority, and we provide equal opportunities for our employees from over 143 nationalities. This includes men and women across several age groups. In 2015, we addressed the key safety risks for our employees and contractors, around 98% of employees completed the Ethical Business Training and our employee engagement survey showed that 94% of our employees fully support the Nokia values. Looking ahead, we will also put a specific focus on improving gender balance and implement a new diversity strategy and action plan.
Goal 9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Through our innovations and network infrastructure that connect people and things, we significantly contribute to this goal. With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the cloud and the Internet of Things. We contribute to connect the unconnected by creating products like Nokia FastMile – a wireless alternative to fixed broadband in areas where copper or optical connectivity is not available. We also launched products that decrease CO2 emissions from network infrastructure. In addition, the recent appointment of Rajeev Suri, our CEO, as the Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, will provide leadership to ensure collaboration, not competition, to better harness the technology needed to achieve full digital and social inclusion. Our technologies also improve public safety and the resilience of communities to extreme weather changes.
Goal 13 – Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impact
Nokia’s positive contribution comes through providing equipment that enhances digitalization and we help our customers decrease energy use and emissions in their networks. With our Zero CO2 emission base station site offering, base station site energy consumption can be reduced up to 70%. In addition, we improve our eco-efficiency throughout the life cycle of our products, continuing to reuse and recycle old telecom equipment collected from our customers. We also walk the talk by improving our own operations’ environmental impact: our energy consumption decreased by approximately 7% compared to the previous year and our greenhouse gas emissions* from offices and factories declined by approximately 12%, including renewable electricity purchases. Out of the electricity Nokia used, 51% was from renewable sources.
Goal 17 – Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
We are ensuring high ethical, labor, and environmental standards in our supply chain, seeking productive, ethical, and transparent relationships with our suppliers. In 2015, our cooperation with NGOs focused on promoting children’s rights, empowering young people, and supporting those affected by drought and other natural disasters. Our global partners continued to be Plan, Save the Children, and Oxfam. In addition, we kicked off WWF’s Green Office program at our headquarters in Espoo, Finland and started cooperation with the Finnish Children and Youth Foundation to strengthen young people’s faith in the future.
These are only a few 2015 examples on how Nokia is contributing to SDGs. Please explore our People & Planet Report to learn more about our commitments, progress and challenges as we push the boundaries to build a better world, with no one left behind.
Going forward, SDGs will be further integrated into our sustainability journey, and we will continue to support and measure our sustainability progress against the principles outlined in the United Nations Global Compact Advanced level as well. Working closely with our customers and key stakeholders, we will further align our sustainability strategy to global challenges, and create measurable long term goals to ensure that Nokia’s 2015 success is improved upon. We are new Nokia, committed to sustainable development, expanding the human possibilities of the connected world.
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*CDP, a leading global organization working with shareholders and companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions of major corporations, gave Nokia a perfect score of 100 for its disclosure of climate change data and kept Nokia in the CDP Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for 2015.