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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

In 2015, the United Nations launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

The UN SDGs provide a blueprint for human progress and a clear call to action for businesses to contribute to a better future.

The COVID-19 crisis has posed a huge challenge to society and has led to a reversal of progress on a number of SDGs: for example, over 100 million additional people have been pushed into extreme poverty, 1.6 billion children have missed school during the last year and the pandemic has widened gender inequalities with others.

Digital technology can help accelerate progress towards delivering the SDGs as society builds back better.

Vodafone is committed to playing our role and we believe we can increase the speed and scale of delivery across a wide number of SDGs through leveraging our technology and services, and through partnering.

Vodafone and our industry has a unique opportunity to harness the power of digital technology to build an inclusive sustainable digital society. Accelerating digitisation is the only way to deliver the SDGs.

Nick Read, Chief Executive

We enable inclusive and sustainable digital societies

We have identified two priority SDGs that will enable us and our partners to find lasting solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges and thereby accelerate the delivery of many other SDGs.

  • SDG9: build resilient infrastructure and innovation

  • SDG17: strengthen the means of implementation and partnerships for sustainable development

Connectivity

We want everyone – whoever they are and wherever they live – to have access to reliable and affordable internet.

Digital innovations

We will build digital innovations such as IoT solutions and digital platforms like M-Pesa to contribute to the sustainable development a cross a range of sectors including manufacturing, transport, health, agriculture, education and energy.

Partnerships

We are building new models of cooperation between business, governments, international organisations and civil society to deliver process and scale, for example to connect the unconnected.

Through connectivity, infrastructure, digital innovations and partnerships, we accelerate the delivery across many SDGs

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Through our products and services, we are delivering greater empowerment and economic inclusion for our customers.

Learn more about the United Nations SDGs here

Our latest UN SDG case studies and stories

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Our purpose pillars

To achieve our sustainable business goals, we have identified three purpose pillars. These are inclusion for all, planet and digital society. Our sustainable business purpose pillars outline our commitments and goals to enabling a fairer, greener and more inclusive digital society.

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