Vodafone publishes 2011/12 Sustainability Report
Vodafone have recently published its 2011/12 sustainability report which is available to view here.
The report provides a detailed summary on the group's approach and performance on series of sustainability issues. Issues focused upon include transformational solutions, environmental footprint, accessibility, privacy, child safety online, network deployment, mobile, masts and health, employee engagement, health and safety, responsible supply chain, ethics, human rights, tax and economic impact.
Furthermore, the following series of case studies have been included in the report:
- The ‘SMS for Health’ service, which uses mobile phones to monitor stocks of more than 20 medicines in remote clinics in The Gambia, enabling better distribution of these life-saving drugs
- The Vodafone Farmers’ Club in Turkey, subscribed to by over 600,000 farmers, who receive SMS alerts with weather forecasts, crop prices and other tailored information that has increased their productivity by around €100 million in 2011/12
- Vodafone UK’s use of remote collaboration products and services to cut business travel and energy use, decrease requirements for office space and reduce the need for commuting
- The company’s need to balance government requests with respect for the human rights of privacy and freedom of expression, with recent examples including its compliance with an instruction from the Mubarak Government to shut down its networks in Egypt during the country’s political unrest
- Vodafone’s new ecorating scheme for mobile phones, that enables customers to select a phone using sustainability criteria
- How excess electricity from solar-powered base stations is being used to power services for the local community, such as school computers and water pumps, in remote villages in the developing world.
The PDF summary of the report is available to download here.
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04 July 2012