Proud as punch when I saw the news: Nokia sailed into the top 20 of the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world as judged by Corporate Knights, the Canadian-based media and research company. What an achievement – from 60th to 18th place in just a year – particularly pleasing in a year of major integration. It underlines all the hard work of our people across the company, from R&D to compliance, from marketing to purchasing and sales – they are simply the best.
So what does it take to make it to such a list? Is there a secret to success? Yes. It’s all about working tirelessly to do the right thing, to go beyond the legal requirements of corporate responsibility, and make a real impact in social, ethical and environmental issues. It’s about people who care and innovate, track, measure and improve, rethink and act – they live the essence of sustainability. In short, hard work and great people.
For Nokia, sustainability is not just about mitigating risks and fulfilling legal obligations. We want to be a leader and a true example of sustainable development and we really believe we can be. Our people deal with difficult issues day in day out, are transparent when we need to do better, act with integrity in daily business, innovate every day and believe in the difference our work can make. We have the chance to create future business opportunities, help fight climate change, lead by example and in so doing, also make our company a great place to work.
Challenge is one of Nokia’s core values. We set ambitious sustainability targets and we dedicate ourselves to systematically working to achieve or surpass those targets, though that’s not always easy. We keep challenging ourselves and each other, and learning from experience, both good and bad. With a clear purpose and goals, we can show ultimately that the technology we design and deliver can greatly benefit society and the planet, and make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Sustainability is a continuous journey of learning and improvement, as expectations change and grow. We will keep moving forward on this journey, and work with our customers and other fellow travelers, listening to their needs, helping them reach their sustainability goals. As in the African proverb ”If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together” .
Recognitions like the ranking by Corporate Knights are a great way to start a new year, and it will drive us to work harder and achieve greater – move steadily forward on the journey. I want to say a huge thanks to all the people who made this result possible and hope they enjoy a moment of pride in what they have achieved. Knowing the great people we have here, there’s more to come, so stay tuned.
Companies that make the Global 100 ranking are the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors, selected from a starting universe of 4,973 listed companies with a market capitalization greater than $2 billion (USD) as of October 1, 2016. The Global 100 index (which is equally weighted and sector neutral) commenced on February 1, 2005.
The Global 100 is determined using 14 quantitative sustainability indicators, including the amount of revenue companies generate per unit of energy consumed, the ratio of CEO to average worker pay, and per cent of taxes paid.
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