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Nokia and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) provide a common framework and set of goals for all countries, all industries, all companies and all individuals to achieve a truly sustainable world. For us, goals 8, 9, 13, and 17 are the most material and provide the areas in which we can have the greatest positive impact.  Beyond these, we believe the technology we produce can positively contribute to all 17 UN SDGs.

SDG 1

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

We provide technology that connects the unconnected bringing access to information, education, health care and greater economic opportunity. For example, in 2017, WorldLink the largest operator in Nepal agreed to deploy our fiber access solutions. The solutions will expand beyond the metropolitan area of Kathmandu, and enable WorldLink to more effectively address underserved areas across Nepal and further increase broadband penetration. Read more.

SDG 2

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Connectivity, applications and sensors and other new technologies will play a key role in achieving improved agricultural yields and crop management. In India, Forecast Application for Risk Management (FARM) is a pioneering initiative that would enable farmers to reduce input costs and risks of crop failure. It is being implemented in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. This project is being led by Save the Children taking on board the District Agriculture Department. It endeavors to build capacities of the farmers on Climate Change Adaptations and be better prepared with alternative planting and cropping strategies based on digitally available weather information.

SDG 3

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Emerging technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence and new consumer devices are also set to enable the digitalization of healthcare. For example in 2017 we were proud to announce the world’s first mixed reality live streaming of a neurosurgical operation using virtual reality at the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) Neurosurgery Department. The program continued our close cooperation with HUS. Read more.

SDG 4

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Education is a key enabler of economic wellbeing for all people, and is also an important part of our corporate community investment work. In 2017, we continued our cooperation with Save the Children in Myanmar, supporting the early education program. Read more.

SDG 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Our ambition is to have a gender balance that reflects the world around us, and a workplace where both men and women have an equal opportunity to succeed in every function and at every level. Throughout 2017, we emphasized diversity and the empowerment of girls, women, and young people, through a range of events at our locations. We continue to roll out our 5 Year plan on gender diversity. Around 40 projects were run across our locations.

SDG 6

Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Although water is not a material issue for our business, we understand we need to do our part to help preserve this precious resource. Our smart grid solutions help water utilities manage water resources more efficiently. For example, in 2017, we provided an advanced communications network to the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) in Northern California. This network supports a range of critical utility applications, enabling them to more effectively utilize and manage their power generation, water resources, and water supply.

SDG 7

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Communications networks play an important role in utilities’ operations. Many power utilities are engaged in the process of modernizing the communications networks they have relied on for decades to support a variety of critical functions. In January 2017, we introduced new Smart Grid solutions that allow for promising new smart grid applications, including distribution automation, advanced metering, and integration of renewable energy sources, and lay the groundwork to support an anticipated massive increase in field devices with the Internet of Things (IoT).

SDG 8

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work

We are a global company and have significant direct and indirect economic impact. Direct economic impact includes for example our purchasing from suppliers, wages and benefits paid to our employees, income taxes paid to the public sector, and community investments. We contribute indirectly to the economy in a variety of ways, though our greatest indirect impact comes as a result of the benefits of technology. Connectivity and access to the Internet has created enormous economic and social advantages for billions of people globally, enabling people to live better lives.

SDG 9

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

This is the most material SDG for us in the area of improving people’s lives with our technology. At the end of 2017, the radio networks we delivered to our customers served around 5.7 billion subscriptions worldwide, compared to around 5.5 billion at the end of 2016. In 2017 for example, WorldLink, the largest operator in Nepal, agreed to deploy our fiber access solutions. The solutions will expand beyond the metropolitan area of Kathmandu, and enable WorldLink to more effectively address underserved areas across Nepal and further increase broadband penetration.

SDG 10

Reduce inequality within and among countries

The solutions we provide connect the unconnected and help to bridge the digital divide. We also work with governments and multi-lateral organizations on this issue. As a UN Broadband Commissioner, our President and CEO actively engages to discuss how to connect the unconnected and advance the Sustainable Development Goals through technology. In 2017, our CEO chaired the Working Group on the Digitalization Scorecard.

SDG 11

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Cities today account for just two percent of the earth’s surface, while more than half of the earth’s population live in those cities. New technologies, solutions, and innovation are needed that will deal effectively and efficiently with the challenges of this mass urbanization. For example, In May 2017, at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, we announced collaboration with the local company SRG and the government of Rwanda to deploy smart city technology to improve the lifestyle and social sustainability of its citizens. We work with cities across the world bringing advanced digital technology and IoT to make their environments smart, safe, and sustainable.

SDG 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The world’s resources are precious. New technology solutions such as Internet of Things and sensors will go some way to bring greater efficiency, transparency, and improved production and consumption patterns. Technology innovation is the key enabler. In early 2018, we created the Conscious Supply Network concept that looks beyond just industry to the overall supply chain. As a result, we announced our Conscious Factory in a Box. The Conscious Factory fits into an end to end supply network and provides full transparency to each step in the supply chain process.

SDG 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

This is the most material goal from an environmental perspective for us. Our environmental activities clearly support this goal. We became the first telecommunications vendor to sign the commitment letter and submit our emissions reduction targets to the Science Based Targets Initiative. The targets were formally approved in June 2017. The science based methodology and procedures help us establish and better align our energy usage goals and KPIs with climate science.

SDG 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resource

Our environmental activities also play a role in helping to support this goal, while the technology we design and deliver such as IoT, sensors-based solutions, and smart grid solutions can be used to enable more sustainable use of the oceans resources. Also for example in 2017, PVC was eliminated in our products where suitable alternatives were available. Remaining PVC used predominantly in mature/older products.

SDG 15

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertication, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

The role of new technology solutions in IoT, sensors, big data, and smart solutions will play a greater role in achieving this SDG. In our corporate community investment programs, we also look at how to support this issue on the ground. For example, in 2017, we worked the World Wide Fund for Nature in India the promote better management practices of wetlands for conservation of biodiversity and welfare of communities, through community engagement, policy intervention and participatory institution building.

SDG 16

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Our work with Ethics and compliance issues, our activities with ensuring a responsible supply chain, our promotion of human rights activities, freedom of expression, and driving the dialog on the positive use of technology in combatting modern slavery, as well as our work on inclusion and diversity, all contribute to this SDG. For example, we also released our first modern slavery report in 2017, in line with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act, and updated our Human Rights policy.

SDG 17

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

To achieve our sustainability goals we collaborate closely with customers, suppliers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), authorities, governments, industry peers, and other associations, not only working with them in achieving their sustainability goals, but also driving sustainability development through our products, solutions and business. Technology and its positive impact is a key enabler of sustainable development. As part of our 46 short and long-term targets set in 2017, we have included a number of targets related to our collaboration with various stakeholders. For example, we set four clear targets related to our work with NGOs. One of them is ambitious target of reaching 2 million beneficiaries through our community investment programs by 2025. We cannot achieve this alone.