Sustainable development goals
In order to successfully tackle global challenges, the member states of the United Nations (UN) adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at their General Assembly in September 2015. The aim is to enable economic development and prosperity – in line with social justice and taking account of the ecological limits of global growth. The Agenda applies equally to all nations of the world: All emerging and developing economies as well as industrial nations must play their part.
The core of the 2030 Agenda comprises 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), which officially came into force in January 2016. They cover all three dimensions of sustainable development – the social, environmental and economic dimension – for the first time. In particular, it seeks to reduce poverty and hunger, promote healthcare and education, enable equality, protect the environment and climate, and make consumption increasingly sustainable. Each goal comprises specific targets. Implementing the ambitious SDGs will require everyone to work together: policy makers, civil society, and business. As such, companies are also called upon to make concrete contributions with respect to their business activities.
We are answering this call. Many of our products, services, and activities already allow us to make such a contribution. As a responsible employer (SDG 8), we set great store by employee participation and a working environment that is fair and respectful; we encourage diversity and support our employees on their journey toward the digital working world. By building out our broadband network, we are making an active contribution to creating and expanding high-quality infrastructure, and promoting innovation (SDG 9). With our smart home solutions, for example, our customers can better monitor, manage, and reduce their energy consumption (SDG 13); our broadband roll-out enables many people to get access to digital education media (SDG 4), and our services in the area of e-health improve medical care (SDG 3). Products and solutions such as the cloud can help consumers and business customers save energy and other resources (SDG 12, 13). Our solutions for smart cities are another area in which we are having a positive impact on society (SDG 11). In this Annual Report, we meet our responsibility to transparently communicate our contributions to the SDGs.
To clearly highlight the contribution our products, services and activities make towards the individual sustainability development goals, we have marked the relevant passages of the following pages with the respective SDG symbol.