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Our key achievements and challenges in 2015


We are proud of...

Our efforts in helping our customers improve on energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy

In 2015, we had over 50 cases which helped our customers reduce their networks’ energy use and emissions. On average, the radio networks we modernized during 2015 now consume 45% less energy. We also launched a new product offering, our Zero CO2 emission base station site, which includes more than 20 products and services for our Single RAN Advanced portfolio. The offering enables a reduction in base station site energy consumption of up to 70%, creating a significant driver for modernizing base station sites. With the significantly lower energy consumption, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, as well as fuel cells, become viable options for powering a base station site, making it possible to achieve zero CO2 emissions.

The improved energy efficiency of our operations

Our overall energy consumption decreased by approximately 7% compared to the previous year and as a result, our greenhouse gas emissions from offices and factories declined by approximately 12%, including our renewable electricity purchases. Out of the electricity we used, 51% was from renewable sources.

The good progress we made with Save the Children during this first year of our cooperation

Save the Children assessed Nokia’s relevant policies and processes against the ten principles in the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. We also conducted a thorough review of our existing guidelines and processes related to mitigating the risk of child labor in our supply chain. The Nokia Child Labor Remediation Guideline, which provides overall guidance on how to care for children in the event a child labor case is confirmed, was also renewed. To make sure it is applicable worldwide, Save the Children teams in three continents – Africa, Asia and Europe – reviewed the new remediation process as well.

The good progress our suppliers made with reporting their climate impacts

Our suppliers exceeded our expectations as 180 of our key suppliers reported their climate impacts via CDP and over 90 of them had set emission reduction targets. This helps us to plan improvement programs with our suppliers and improve reporting of our emissions.


We were recognized for...

Our efforts to support sustainable development were recognized as world-class in a number of external sustainability reviews

CDP gave us a top score for our performance and disclosure of climate change data, and kept us in the CDP A-list, as well as in the Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for 2015. Our economic, environmental and social responsibility was recognized when we were selected to be an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. We retained our position in the Ethibel Sustainability Index (Global and Europe). We retained our position in the FTSE4GOOD. We were included in the Corporate Knight’s Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list.

Nokia’s President and CEO Rajeev Suri received the Marco Polo award

Nokia’s President and CEO Rajeev Suri received the Marco Polo award, the highest honor given to a nonChinese citizen, for Nokia’s longstanding contribution towards the development of China’s economy, technology and culture. The award recognized our pioneering efforts in driving the global development of TD-LTE and facilitating the creation of a rich, worldwide ecosystem and supply chain in China.

Nokia won Vodafone Group’s prestigious Responsible Supplier Award for 2015

Nokia works closely with Vodafone and all of its customers to create a safer and more sustainable work environment throughout the industry. This award recognized Nokia’s high ethical and sustainability standards and marked the culmination of the investment we have made in employee training on our Code of Conduct, ethical business practices as well as our Life Saving Rules program.

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Nokia Networks won the “Most Innovative Security Strategy for vendors” category for Mobile Guard for IoT

In the annual Leading Lights program, one of the telecom industry’s most prestigious awards program focusing on next-generation communications technologies, applications, services, and strategies, we won the Leading Lights award in the new category “Most Innovative Security Strategy for vendors”. The award was given for our Security in Networks for Internet of Things solution Mobile Guard. The solution analyzes network traffic patterns of telco services such as mobile broadband, SMS and voice, offering earlier malware detection than conventional systems that employ classic signature mechanisms and other generic methods. Nokia Mobile Guard also notifies the users, blocks the affected services on the network and helps subscribers cleanse their infected smart devices. 


We must improve on…

Managing waste

In 2015, we generated a total of 4,800 metric tons of waste which is 31% less than in 2014. However, the volume of our waste that was sent to a landfill increased from 300 metric tons in 2014 to 400 metric tons which means that we weren’t as efficient in waste utilization as in 2014. 

Ensuring our contractors understand the risks related to their work and follow our rules

At Nokia Networks, employees and contractors face inherent risks when installing and maintaining equipment and constructing base stations on behalf of our customers. Therefore, health and safety performance, as well as the compliance of our contractors, are critical factors in our overall performance. For the third year in a row there were no employee fatalities or critical injuries. However, we deeply regret that six contractors lost their lives while conducting work on behalf of Nokia during 2015. Three of these fatalities were related to road accidents that occurred on public roads. 

Conducting in-depth audits in our supply chain

To ensure our suppliers follow the same ethical standards as us, we increased our audits through the EcoVadis scorecards but at the same time, the number of in-depth audits on site decreased. 

Setting long-term targets

We do not disclose long-term targets for many of the areas in this report this year as the acquisition of Alcatel Lucent and the related integration will impact our future goal setting. However, we piloted a scientific target-setting methodology for our greenhouse gas emissions to better understand what our greenhouse gas reduction target should be in order to do our share in keeping global warming below 2°C.