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Members News - Environment - Oct 31, 2018

Business in the Community Ireland

  • Vodafone Ireland launches its Sustainable Business Report with focus on Diversity & Equality, Energy & Environment and Youth Skills & Jobs transformational goals
  • Report unveiled at a special event hosted at the ‘Cool Planet Experience’ to celebrate International Day of Climate Action 2018
  • Key note from Senior TED fellow and author Dr Rachel Armstrong on the future of living sustainably

To mark International Day of Climate Action, Vodafone Ireland published its Sustainable Business Report 2018, which lays out a series of transformational goals for 2025 and tracks progress across three ‘pillars of responsibility’. The pillars include Diversity & Equality, Energy & Environment and Youth Skills & Jobs – areas of focus that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Vodafone’s sustainability strategy will leverage the company’s people, technology, network and services to achieve the greatest impact across these sustainable development goals and to contribute to positive socio-economic change in Ireland.

Vodafone’s target transformational goals for 2025 include:

Diversity & Equality

  • To become Ireland’s best employer for women by 2025
  • To be recognised as a top ten place to work for LGBT + people in Ireland
  • Ensure best workplace practices that measure, support and encourage diversity and equality across the organisation

Energy & Environment

  • Reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2025
  • 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025
  • Drive transport, waste and energy initiatives in line with ISO14001

 Youth Skills & Jobs

  • Reach 10,000 young people through graduate, intern and work experience programmes by 2025
  • Help 37,500 15-24 year olds gain access to digital skills by 2025

Dr Armstrong said “I’m delighted to have been part of the launch of Vodafone’s Sustainable Business Report today. There is a real sense of commitment to making a contribution to the future of society from the team here. The three pillars that they have set their focus on are all interlinked and are all essential in the work I’m engaged in.”

“Since the industrial revolution, there has been a disconnect between the natural world and the machines we use in our daily lives. Now however, it is possible, through advances in biotechnology, to connect the organic world with the digital world so that the two forces can work together to build a more sustainable future. Imagine a world where we can use natural waste to power your mobile phone and heat your home. This is what my research and the concept of “living architecture” is all about. Much of this is now possible but the scale of change required to accommodate and facilitate a merging of these two worlds is enormous.  The fact that Vodafone Ireland recognise their role as a large corporation in driving this agenda and facilitating conversations about sustainability is very important to the progress of our research.”

“We need big business to step up, get involved and play their part.”

Commenting on the launch of the report Vodafone Ireland’s Head of Sustainability and Foundation, Natalie Hodgess said “We are proud to be a purpose-led business and this new report reflects our long-term commitment towards a sustainable Ireland. Our vision is to lead change by working with our colleagues, customers and communities to deliver positive social, environmental and economic outcomes whilst reducing our negative impacts. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report clearly laid out the immediate need for government, businesses, and nonprofit organisations to work together on the pressing challenges we face and we are up for the challenge.”

“We are therefore proud to launch our sustainability report and look forward to advancing these initiatives and programmes in the years ahead. We remain very focused on our purpose – delivering innovative and sustainable support and solutions across our entire business and believe that our transformation goals can have the greatest impact by leveraging our technology, services, activities and the work of the Vodafone Ireland Foundation.”


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