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The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Nokia

People crossing a bridge over a forest

Nokia is also committed to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have the potential to contribute to basically every goal through our advanced technology and network infrastructure, and our sustainability strategy and activity areas are also well aligned with the SDGs. The most material SDGs in each of the activity area are highlighted in the image.

Sustainability goals

In the area of improving people’s lives with our technology, the most material SDG for us is the goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

We defined this as most material because through our innovations and network infrastructure we can contribute to basically all the remaining goals as well. In addition, we estimate that there will be 50bn connected devices in 2025 which will enable many billions of people, devices, and sensors to connect in a way that opens up a world of possibilities. These possibilities include making our planet safer, cleaner, healthier, more sustainable, more efficient, and more productive.

In 2015, we used our technology to improve public safety and the resilience of communities to extreme weather changes; we continued connecting the unconnected; we explored the possibilities around digital health; and launched products that decrease CO2 emissions from network infrastructure.

From environmental perspective the most material goal for us is goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

It is estimated that by 2030, the ICT industry has the potential to reduce global carbon emissions ten-times more when compared to the emissions created by the industry. Our positive contribution comes through providing equipment that enhances digitalization but as over 80% of the environmental impact of our business comes during the use phase of base stations, we must also pursue ways to increase the energy efficiency of our products and enhance the use of renewable energy.  Even though the environmental impact of our own operations is relatively small, we improve our eco efficiency throughout the life cycle of our products.

In 2015, we continued to conduct world-class environmental performance in our own operations; we launched new products that help our customers decrease energy use and emissions in their networks; and we continued reusing and recycling old telecom equipment collected from our customers.

In our activities around social responsibility we defined the Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all – as the most material one.

In addition to offering employment for over 100,000 people around the world, we create business opportunities and jobs along our supply chain. We enhance responsible business practices by first of all running our business in line with internationally recognized ethical and responsible business practices and then requiring the same high standards also from our suppliers. We also foster a culture where health and safety is a priority, and we provide equal opportunities for our employees consisting of over 143 nationalities – including men and women from several age groups.

In 2015, we trained almost all our employees on ethical behavior, we addressed the key safety risks for our employees and contractors, we increased training opportunities for our employees and we launched our first product dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) security.

We believe that through partnerships it is possible to make even greater contribution to a more sustainable and socially responsible world. This thinking most directly aligns with the goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

We drive improvements by working with our suppliers, industry peers, customers, and NGOs. In 2015, our engagement seek to promote human rights, enhance energy efficiency and transparency, and ensure inclusive and quality education for all. We also supported activities that help achieving gender equality, empowering women and girls, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all, and reducing inequality within and among countries.