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 on-going struggle to achieve a more sustainable, socially responsible world.
In India, Nokia has joined hands with many non-governmental organisations, industrial bodies, corporations, not-for-profit organisations, regulatory bodies and educational institutions to create a shared vision and action plan. Our partners work in varied fields e.g. wildlife conservation, education, empowerment, environment and social justice. Together, with their expertise, and our will, we have created programs geared towards creating a better future. Our goal has always been to craft agents of change, from different parts of society, who live, provoke and inspire sustainable lifestyles, and with our partners, we’ve been able to do just that.
Our partners include World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)- India, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)- India, Oxfam India, Humana People to People (HPPI)- India, Television for the Environment (TVE)- India, Pearson Foundation, EZ Vidya, Toxics Link, NIIT Foundation, Chintan, I-dream, Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA), Human Action For Rural Development (HARD), Save the Children, Hand in Hand India, TERI Business Council for Sustainable Development (TERI BCSD), Digital Energy Solutions Consortium (DESC), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Indian Cellular Organisation (ICA).
Together we’re stronger
By working together with other organisations, we can make an even greater difference in the ongoing struggle to achieve a more sustainable and socially responsible world. In India, we have joined hands with a large number of organisations to create a shared vision on sustainable lifestyles. Our partners work in varied fields from wildlife conservation to education to areas like environment and social justice. Together with their expertise and our will, we have created programs geared towards creating a better future.
Our partners in this endeavor are:
Nokia and WWF have a Global Partnership Agreement in place since the year 2003. Our work with the organisation strives to strengthen our environmental performance, support WWF in their conservation work and develop mutually beneficial activities which promote sustainable development. As an organisation, Nokia wishes to increase environmental awareness, and this particular partnership with WWF can help generate downloadable content to encourage people to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives.
In India, Nokia and WWF have worked together since 2008, working on three major programs. These programs are the River Watch Program in the Harike Wetland, Western Ghat- Nilgiri Hills Conservation Program and the Tiger Conservation Program in the Corbett Landscape.
IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, helps find and develop workable solutions to the worlds most pressing environmental and developmetal challenges. In early 2011, Nokia signed an agreement with IUCN, pledging to support their nature conservation work and help them raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity- a key emerging issue in environmental protection. Nokia has supported the IUCN and its efforts since 2011 in the Balkila Watershed Program in Uttarakhand, in the Himalayas. The program aims to demonstrate traditional and innovative practices to enhance the livelihoods of the local communities, enable societies to implement better water resource management techniques, facilitate settlements to be more resilient towards climate change and to contribute to ecosystem restoration efforts in the region.
Our partnership with Oxfam has inspired a range of projects looking at ways to enroll and engage with people and motivate them to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Nokia launched the Create to Inspire Fellowship program with Oxfam in 2012 which provides a platform for youths to use their creativity to initiate fun and inspiring conversations on sustainable consumption. The fellowship provides the youth with an opportunity to display their potential to redefine consumption of limited resources through music, dance, theatre, drama, film, photography, arts and handicrafts, design and technology.
Nokia and Chintan have partnered together to create a sustainable model which leverages the reach and the collection strength of the formalised informal sector, known as Kabadiwalas in India, and the recycling technology of an authorised recycler. A large majority of the E-waste in India finds its way to the informal sector. This partnership with Chintan brought about a link between the informal and formal sector, establishing a positive relationship for both parties, bringing informally collected E-waste to formal recycling channels. The program aims to significantly increase the collection of mobile phones and accessories from house holds, retail and repair shops.
Nokia has recently partnered with GIZ, to address the issue of sustainable consumption. The consumption of goods and services has been growing rapidly with the rise in household incomes and population growth. The unprecedented levels of consumption present profound challenges to a sustainable future. To address this issue Nokia is collaborating with GIZ in Ahmedabad and Kolkata to engage, enrol, and inspire people to make sustainable choices in all spheres of their lives. To take this vision forward we are rolling out ‘Create to Inspire Fellowship’, ‘School Environment Education Program’ and ‘Engagement with Informal Sector for collection of e-waste’.
Humana People to People India (HPPI), is a not for profit organisation currently partnered with Nokia, helping us reach out to small mobile phone retail and repair shops in order to collect e-waste for the purpose of responsible recycling. The vision of the program is to establish a network of active traders who would walk the extra mile to raise awareness and initiate actions amongst their fellow traders and customers on responsible recycling. Nokia also supports the HPPI to provide primary education and life skill training to under-privileged children by setting up an Academy for Working Children in Gurgaon.
Children are the future change makers who have the ability to influence their family behaviour. To reach out and engage with them on environmental solutions, we partnered with Toxics Link in 2011. This partnership has allowed for the expression of our School Environment Engagement program to over 3000 schools with an aim to raise awareness on sustainable consumption and E-waste recycling. The main objective of the program is to interact with children, inspiring them to lead sustainable lifestyles and engaging them to do so via creative media.
Nokia has partnered with the NIIT Foundation to explore the tremendous potential of mobile technology in the areas of sustainability and social development. Under this program, the NIIT Foundation uses Nokia phones, services and applications for educating and building the life skills of under-privileged youth from urban slums of Delhi. The program also aims to enhance the reach, efficiency and effectiveness of the felivery of education in classrooms. The program uses Nokia Education Delivery, Nokia Data Gathering, and Nokia Life Tools at eight Career Development Centres of the NIIT Foundation.
Nokia began working with the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) in 2012 to help in the execution of the “Films for Change” program across India. The purpose of our association with TVE was to raise awareness on various global and local environmental issues, making films to appeal to the masses, especially the youth. The program provides a highly charged and positive atmosphere to spark discussions amongst the local youth in a fun and inspiring manner, which in turn creates lasting memories, and lengthy discussions at the coffee table.
Pearson Foundation and EZ Vidya
In our efforts to promote education across the country, Nokia has partnered with the Pearson Foundation and EZ Vidya to implement the Bridge IT program in Tamil Nadu and andhra Pradesh. The program uses Nokia’s technology along with services such as the Nokia Education Delivery (NED) tool along with various educational content and teaching methodologies developed by the Pearson Foundation in order to improve both teaching practices as well as the the classroom learning experience in schools.
Nokia has also joined hands with various regional organisations such as i-Dream in Delhi, which specialises in Environmental education and training as well as providing eco-friendly solutions. Our work has also led us to partner with organisations like IDEA (Integrated Development Educational Association) which works for the empowerment of socio economically deprived communities in Delhi, and HARD (Human Action For Rural Development) a voluntary organisation working for the comprehensive development of vulnerable communities in Hyderabad. These two oganisations were crucial to the functioning of the Create to Inspire Fellowship 2012.