Public policy

Vodafone engages with regulators and governments on a wide range of issues directly relevant to our company and industry, as well as issues of broad public interest. We aim to be direct and transparent about our views, basing our opinions on evidence. All engagement with governments and regulators is subject to our Group Public Policy Principles.

We seek to inform policymakers – including legislators, government officials and regulators – about the nature of our business, the telecommunications industry and the business environment generally. Vodafone develops policy positions that explain the outcomes the company seeks from the public policy process and how we believe policy makers should approach issues.

Many of our written submissions are made public by the government organisation to which they are submitted. Vodafone believes in transparency in government relations and will provide copies of any formal submissions in the public domain to regulators and governments on request. The views expressed in this Sustainability Report are consistent with the views presented by Vodafone to governments.

We work with key industry trade associations on public policy issues. For example, Vodafone is a member of the GSM Association, GSMA Europe and the International Telecommunication Union. Vodafone is also commonly a member of national telecommunications industry associations in the countries where we operate (where these associations exist).

It is Vodafone’s policy not to make political donations or support particular party political interests.

We engage with regulators on general industry issues and sustainability-related issues such as privacy and climate change.

See our public policy website for position papers, policy papers and our responses to government consultations on specific issues.

Vodafone’s position on public issues

General industry issues

Vodafone local operating companies are generally subject to regulation governing the activities of our industry in individual countries, as well as general competition (anti-trust) laws applicable to all activities.

Our engagement with regulators and governments mainly focuses on regulatory frameworks related to the following issues relevant to our industry:

  • Mobile and fixed telecommunications market competitiveness
  • International roaming
  • Mobile call termination
  • Spectrum policy
  • Universal service policy
  • Privacy and data security.

Broader public issues

Vodafone seeks to help governments meet their objectives on a number of issues of broader public interest. These include:

  • Socio-economic potential of communications technology and its contribution to employment
  • Innovation and prosperity
  • Public service delivery and effectiveness
  • National and public security.

Sustainability issues

We also engage with governments to develop appropriate regulations related to specific sustainability issues. This is covered in the relevant sections of this report.