One of the nice synergies that came from Nokia’s acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) was the focus of both organizations on eco-sustainability. Each company over the years has not just iterated but documented that part of their corporate DNA was and will be a commitment to connect the world in a responsible way.
Nokia (News - Alert) has unveiled its People & Planet Report 2015. For those not familiar, the report is prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative GRI G4 Core guidelines and is compliant with the UN Global Compact advanced criteria. Plus, the selected key sustainability indicators have been assured by an independent auditor.
As Nokia notes in information about its making the report available, four key sustainability priorities guided Nokia in the past year prior to the acquisition. They were:
- Improving people's lives with technology
- Protecting the environment
- Respecting people in everything the company does
- Making change happen together.
The report outlines the sustainability achievements, targets, milestones and distinctions reached by the Nokia in 2015.
Commenting on the report, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri (News - Alert) said: "Nokia's focus on high ethical standards means that while our company saw significant transformation in 2015, our sustainability vision remained the same: to design technologies that expand the human possibilities of the connected world while making it more productive, healthy and sustainable. Following the combination with Alcatel-Lucent, we are undertaking a new sustainability analysis in order to create the necessary measurable, long-term goals to ensure that Nokia's success in 2015 is benchmarked - and improved upon."
A lot of progress to report
The report 2015 highlights the following significant and rather impressive achievements:
- Launched of a Zero CO2 emission base station site offering which helps to decrease base station site energy use by up to 70 percent.
- On average, the radio networks we modernized during 2015 now consume 45 percent less energy.
- Overall energy consumption decreased by approximately 7 percent compared to the previous year and, as a result, our greenhouse gas emissions from offices and factories declined by approximately 12 percent, including renewable electricity purchases.
- 51 percent of the electricity used was from renewable sources.
- Nokia support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and evaluation how the company can make the best impact in reaching these goals.
- Roughly 98 percent of employees completed the Nokia Ethical Business Training course.
- An employee engagement survey found 94 percent of employees fully support the Nokia values.
- Working with Save the Children, we are helping to increase the resilience of children and their communities in 350 villages in India. In 2015, Nokia completed the first phase of the project: Save the Children helped communities in 176 villages prepare for disasters by creating specific disaster-management plans, school safety plans, and village task forces.
- The company also evaluated how well they are incorporating children's rights into core strategies by inviting Save the Children to review Nokia's processes and policies.
- Suppliers exceeded expectations as 180 key suppliers reported their climate impacts via CDP and over 90 of them set emission reduction targets.
In addition, there was recognition of these efforts. This included: CDP gave us a top score for disclosure of climate change data, and ranked Nokia in the CDP A-list, as well as in the Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for 2015; inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and recognition as a top performer in the Ecovadis Supplier Sustainability Ratings; retention of a leading position in the Ethibel Sustainability Index (Global and Europe); and, repeat listings in the FTSE4GOOD index and the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list.
There is an old saying that it is possible to “do well by doing good.” The report reflects that it is not just possible but can and needs to be an approach that all members of the ICT should follow, and that transparency is important.
Edited by Maurice Nagle