With our global reach and mobile technology expertise, Nokia can clearly have a huge positive impact on a range of environmental and social issues. But we can’t do it alone.
By working together with other organisations we can make an even greater difference in the ongoing struggle to achieve a more sustainable, socially responsible world.
At Nokia we realise that reducing our own environmental impact is only half the battle. There’s so much more we can do to help the planet by using our technology and resources to support environmental organisations such as WWF.
Nokia and WWF - 10 years of cooperation for nature conservation
Nokia and WWF have had a Global Partnership Agreement in place since 2003. By working with WWF we aim to further strengthen our environmental performance, support WWF's conservation work and develop mutually beneficial activities which will promote sustainable development. We want to raise environmental awareness and WWF can help us create downloadable content to encourage people make sustainable choices in their everyday lives.
To further strengthen our environmental performance, WWF helps us conduct footprint assessments in different areas and set environmental targets according to the findings. WWF also shares their expertise with Nokia personnel, as well as help organize take back campaigns in different markets. In addition, photos and videos from WWF have been used as pre-installed content in some Nokia devices and are available at the Nokia Store..
We support WWF's nature conservation, and being a major supporter of WWF's Living Himalayas Network Initiative is one example of that. We have been also supporting several other local WWF projects.
WWF and Nokia
Learn more about WWF’s work at wwf.panda.org
Environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity are just part of the sustainability jigsaw. Social issues, ranging from access to education and health to livelihoods and human rights, are also fundamental – and that’s where our partnerships with organisations such as UNESCO, Oxfam, Plan International and the British Council come in.
Nokia and UNESCO – helping everyone access to education
In October 2010, Nokia initiated a 5-year partnership with UNESCO. The partnership harnesses mobile communication to serve individuals and support governments as they strive to achieve the goals of the World Declaration of Education for All.
The six Education for All goals cover access to education, early childhood care and development, quality of education, equality, literacy and life skills and lifelong learning. The target date for these objectives to be reached is 2015 and our partnership with UNESCO has been structured accordingly. We contribute expertise in technology and policy setting, as well as educational products such as Nokia Mobile Mathematics and Nokia Life.
Nokia and Oxfam – helping people to improve their lives with mobile technology
Our partnership with Oxfam has inspired a range of projects looking at ways to help people improve their lives and communities with mobile technology. Over the years, we have had a range of projects to support equal opportunities for men and women, providing people with the ability to report emergencies and helping them to be heard beyond their immediate community. In our project East Africa livestock herders are able to send early warnings of drought using mobile phones and Nokia Data Gathering averting disasters.
Find out more about Oxfam’s work at www.oxfam.org.uk
Nokia and Plan International – helping to improve child rights and early childhood care
Plan and Nokia have been working together in developing countries since 2006 to improve child rights and early childhood care. The parties are also working towards achieving Education for All goals by bringing learning opportunities for children, youth and adults through mobile technology. Finding new and innovative ways to use mobile phones in the areas of learning and improving child rights is an important part of the cooperation as we believe the power of mobility plays a key role in the development of these areas.
Nokia and British Council – improving lives through connectness and learning
The British Council and Nokia established their partnership in August 2012, with the aim of improving people’s lives around the world through connectedness and learning. The partnership spans content and activities on both Nokia Life and Nokia Life+ in countries around the world. We also seek to employ other mobile solutions to offer new learning opportunities and improve the teaching especially in developing countries.
At Nokia, we believe collaboration with others can often be the most effective way to approach certain sustainability issues. That’s why we work with international organisations driving sustainable development and participate in a number of public policy development initiatives across the world.
For example, we drive innovation around how best to use information and communication technologies (ICT) for energy efficiency, how to be as resource efficient as possible and how to minimize the environmental impact overall. Our associations in the realm of ICT include:
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD): to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices.
Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI): to realise ICT's potential in creating a low-carbon economy. We also participate in a variety of working groups to support sustainable supply chain.
DigitalEurope: to improve the business environment for the European digital technology industry and to promote our sector's contribution to economic growth and social progress in the European Union.
ICT for Energy Efficiency Forum (ICT4EE Forum): to demonstrate how the intelligent use of ICT can improve its energy and environmental performance.
Digital Energy Solutions Campaign (DESC): to achieve advancing policies that help drive sustainable economic growth through ICT.
SteP Solving the e-waste problem: to initiate and facilitate approaches towards the sustainable handling of e-waste.
European Union Code of Conduct for External Power Supplies: we participate in development work of this new criteria to help improve the Energy Efficiency of Information and Communication Technologies.
Collaboration with policy makers
Nokia actively works with governments and other policy makers in the development of meaningful and transparent policies. Some of the key areas where Nokia is involved include requirements regarding waste, chemicals and energy management.
Raw materials and resource efficiency have also emerged as important areas for policy makers, as well as for Nokia. We participate in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, which aims to:
– reduce Europe's import dependency on raw materials
– make Europe a leader in the capabilities related to raw materials
– provide Europe with enough flexibility and alternatives in the supply of important raw materials, and
– mitigate the adverse environmental impacts of applications of certain raw materials during their life cycle
– Additionally, Nokia has actively contributed to EU Commission pilot projects that aim to assess the applicability of different standards and methodologies for telecommunications products and services. As this is a key requirement for better policy-making, Nokia, together with other relevant stakeholders, has dedicated much effort to developing clear guidance and case examples in order to be able to highlight the key areas for improvement.
Reducing the environmental burden of ICT
During 2012, Nokia, together with Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, TeliaSonera and GSMA, formed a consortium called TENNG. TENNG participated in an EU Commission pilot on the usability of different standards and methodologies for assessing the environmental performance of ICT. We contributed by assessing the compatibility, workability and suitability of policy initiatives for the various methodologies available for assessing the environmental performance of products and organizations. When completed, we hope that these tools can be used as the basis for improved impact assessments and policy-making.
The study is available in the case study section on this website >
Nokia helps identify the role of ICT in decreasing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
In Dec 2012, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) released a new report, SMARTer2020, which identifies the role of ICT in driving a sustainable future and decreasing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to the report, increased use of ICT offers the potential to reduce the projected 2020 global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5%, which means the sector’s abatement potential (helping others decrease their emissions) is seven times the size of its own carbon footprint - a fact that has been underestimated until now. Nokia sponsored this report as we believe that with over 1.3 billion people using our devices, we’re in a unique position to effect positive environmental change.
Read more in the News section on this website >
Find out more about our collaboration with policy makers in the Nokia Sustainability Report >