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. 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. 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. 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), our services in the area of e-health improve medical care (SDG 3), and our cloud solutions can help to save energy and other resources in many sectors (SDG 13). 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.