In 2016 Nokia increased its work and commitment towards contributing to the 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations Assembly in 2015. We further evaluated the relationship between our business, our most material issues and the support we can provide in reaching these goals. It is clear that through the technology and the solutions we invent, create, and deliver, we can potentially contribute to every goal. Our revisited sustainability strategy, related activities, targets, and programs are well aligned with the SDGs. The illustration highlights our strategic sustainability priority areas and how they correlate to the SDGs. We aim to further integrate the SDGs into our sustainability strategy, programs, and activities.
Improving people’s lives with technology
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation - is the most material SDG for us In the area of improving people’s lives with our technology. It’s importance relates directly to our technology innovations and network infrastructure which also provides the opportunity to contribute to all the other remaining goals. In addition, IoT connected devices are expected to top 46 billion by 2020 which will enable many billions of people, devices, and sensors to connect in a way that opens up a world of possibilities. These possibilities include making our planet safer, cleaner, healthier, more sustainable, more efficient, and more productive. In 2016, we used our technology to drive further improvements in public safety, efficiency, and emergency response; we supported rural communities in improving access to education and improved economic opportunities; we continued connecting the unconnected; we expanded our programs and collaboration around digital health and wellness; we extended our product offering to drive reductions in CO2 emissions from network infrastructure; and we used technology to raise awareness of the refugee crisis.
Protecting the environment
The most material goal from an environmental perspective for us is goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. It is estimated that by 2030, the ICT industry has the potential to reduce global carbon emissions ten-times more when compared to the emissions created by the industry. Nokia’s positive impact is created through the equipment we provide that advances digitalization towards a programmable world. Our product portfolio in use also has a carbon footprint and therefore we must also pursue ways to increase the energy efficiency of our products and enhance the use of renewable energy. We also aim to constantly improve the eco efficiency of our own operations despite a relatively small impact. We work hard to drive improvements in eco efficiency throughout the life cycle of our products, from design through delivery to end of life. In 2016, a year of integration of the former Alcatel-Lucent, we continued to achieve some excellent environmental performance results in our own operations; we launched new products that help our customers decrease energy use and emissions in their networks; and we continued reusing and recycling old telecom equipment collected from our customers.
Conducting our business with integrity
We identified Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all – as the most material one for both topics. At the end of 2016 we employed around 100 000 people globally, but also our business creates greater business and job opportunities throughout our supply chain. We conduct our business in accord with internationally recognized ethical and responsible business practices. We require the same high standards of our suppliers. Health and safety is a priority for our own employees as well as for our supply chain, and we are committed to a diverse workforce that reflects the gender and diversity balance of the real world. An employee mix of women and men from different age groups enriches our company In 2016, we trained over 1900 leaders in gender diversity issues, and over 90% of former Alcatel-Lucent employees completed Nokia Ethical Business Training. We ran specific training programs and information sessions to highlight key safety risks for our employees, contractors, and subcontractors. We increased the number of supply chain onsite audits and expanded our range of security products.
Making change happen together
In our collaboration with stakeholders, our activity is directly aligned with goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. We are committed to working with a broad range of stakeholders to make an even greater contribution to a more sustainable, more efficient, and more socially responsible world. We seek improvements by working with our suppliers, industry peers, customers, enterprises, authorities, and NGOs. In 2016, we engaged with stakeholders to enhance the use of technology for the good of people and the planet. We worked with a number of NGOs and other organizations to improve access to education, improve connectivity for rural communities, to increase public safety, and to highlight the current refugee crisis. We also championed activities that support greater gender equality and diversity, empowering women, girls, and young people. Additionally, our collaborative activities promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all, and they reduce inequality within and among countries.