Our cooperation and membership of major industry, government, and business organizations is also an important component that supports our sustainability agenda.
We were a member of United Nations Global Compact, Global e-Sustainability Initiative, CDP supply chain program, The Telecommunications Industry Dialogue (ID), Climate Leadership Council, DIGITALEUROPE, Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, ITU-D, UN WEPs, GNI (Global Network Initiative), GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, ERT, International Chamber of Commerce, BIAC, OCDE, and several standardization bodies, as well as numerous university collaborations. We also have structured engagement with the World Economic Forum, the Broadband Commission, and B20.
United Nations Global Compact
Our sustainability report and company strategy conform to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) by incorporating information on our sustainability activities according to the 21 UNGC Advanced Level assessment criteria. For the second year in a row, our reporting is aligned with the UNGC Advanced Level criteria, ranking us in the top quadrant of companies reporting, according to the UNGC classification. In 2016 we renewed our membership to the UNGC as well as the UN Nordic regional network.
See our carbon disclosure work at CDP
Our work with the World Economic Forum
In 2016 we joined the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a partner. This international organization for public-private cooperation gathers those committed to improving the state of the world. We are proud to be among them. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas; people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.
Working with the United Nations Broadband Commission
At the UN Broadband Commission, our President and CEO actively engages to discuss how to connect the unconnected and advance the Sustainable Development Goals through technology. In particular, in 2016, he co-chaired the Working Group on Digital Health. This working group prepared recommendations together with the Novartis Foundation on how to make digital healthcare a reality, providing policy recommendations on how to use technology to achieve the best quality medical care in all parts of the world.
Our participation in B20 Forum
We are proud to help drive discussions about digitalization in the B20 forum (business advisory body to the G20). At the end of September 2016, our President & CEO Rajeev Suri accepted an invitation to become a co-chair of the newly created B20 Germany task force “Digitalization”, as well as the B20 Germany Business Advocacy Caucus. The B20 is an opportunity for Nokia to help shape the industry vision on digitalization and associated policy recommendations towards political leaders. B20 is a grouping of global business leaders advising the G20 policy makers on key economic issues from an industry perspective.
We work with the ITU-D and in fact lead the ITU-D study on “ICT and Climate Change”. The drafting of the final report is available here. Section three of this report on “Climate change mitigation” addresses the policies and technological efforts from ICT organizations that contribute by reducing their own GHG emissions. The report then recalls an estimation of the potential GHG reduction that can result from enabling the following economic sectors with ICT: mobility and logistics, manufacturing, food, buildings, energy, work and business, health, and learning. In this respect, particular attention is paid to urban areas where a growing proportion of the world population lives, and the benefits of innovative ICTs applied to “smart cities” are summarized and illustrated with references to some best practices.
European Round Table (ERT)
We are a key member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) forum. ERT advocates policies at both national and European levels, with the goal of improving European competitiveness, growth and employment. Our Chairman Risto Siilasmaa is personally involved in the work of the round table, leading Nokia engagements with this organization. We actively participate in the Energy and Climate Change (ECC) Working Group that seeks to create an holistic approach appropriate to the international context to address the significant challenges that Europe and the planet are facing.
We are a member of DIGITALEUROPE’s Digital Sustainability Policy Group (formerly Environmental Policy Group) , serving as chair of its working group on chemicals and contributing to groups focused on eco-design, resource efficiency, (including conflict minerals), waste and substance-related restrictions. We have also contributed to the statements issued by DIGITALEUROPE regarding the contribution of the ICT sector to the digital and low-carbon economies. Nokia's Markus Borchert, Senior Vice President Europe, is president of DIGITALEUROPE.
Working together to save lives with GSMA
In October 2016 Nokia became a member of the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter which aims to support improved access to communication and information for those affected by crisis in order to reduce the loss of life and positively contribute to humanitarian response. Nokia will continue such cooperation and will partner with operators and NGOs in its initiative to help rescue operations, providing a limited number of its Nokia Saving Lives initiative solutions with a not-for-profit approach. The initiative is currently being tested with operators and NGOs.