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Our transformation areas of the strategy focus on Women’s empowerment, Energy innovation, and Youth skills and jobs. This year, we strengthened our approach with ambitious new goals in two of these areas that will deliver our purpose to connect everybody to live a better today and build a better tomorrow.

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2018
“Our approach to what we call sustainable business is to ensure that our work always delivers positive social outcomes, not just commercial and financial success.”

Vittorio Colao

Group Chief Executive, Vodafone Group Plc

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Women’s empowerment

By empowering women and promoting gender equality, we can help communities, economies and businesses – including our own – to prosper.

Our 2025 goals

We aim to connect an additional 50 million women living in emerging markets to mobile

Our ambition is for Vodafone to become the world’s best employer for women

Key highlights of the year

3.9 million more female customers in our emerging markets

1.2 million customers accessed free health information in South Africa

29% of our management and leadership roles held by women

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Energy innovation

Urgent action is needed to address climate change. This year we have introduced two new goals which focus on achieving a significant reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our operations.

Our 2025 goals

To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40%

To purchase 100% of the electricity we use from renewable sources

Key highlights of the year

40% reduction in the amount of GHG emissions per petabyte of data carried on our network

We have joined RE100, which brings together major businesses committed to switch to 100% renewable electricity

2.1 tonnes of CO2e saved for customers for every tonne of CO2e generated from our own operations

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Youth skills and jobs

With a growing digital skills gap, we believe urgent action is needed to help young people develop the skills they need to thrive in the digital economy.

Our 2022 goals

Support 10 million young people to access digital skills, learning and employment opportunities

Provide up to 100,000 young people with a digital workplace experience at Vodafone

Key highlights of the year

Our international future jobs programme What will you be? provides career guidance and access to learning content and jobs in the digital economy

111,000 users completed our new Future Jobs Finder platform to understand their strengths and skills and view job opportunities in the digital economy

6,556 new employees aged 25 or under joined our business this year

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Supply chain integrity and safety

We work with our suppliers, partners and peers to drive high standards across our supply chain and do our utmost to keep everyone working in our operations safe from harm.

Key highlights of the year

2,556 of our suppliers’ employees responded directly to mobile-based surveys to tell us about their working conditions

92 on-site assessments conducted within Vodafone’s supply chain

800 drivers participated in our safe driving programme in India

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Principles and practice

We remain determined to act responsibly, ethically and with integrity wherever we operate because we know that while what we do really matters so does how we work.

Key highlights of the year

€60 million invested in employee training and development

623 people from 36 different countries completed our new multi-language modern slavery e-learning training course

90% of our employees who responded to our Global People Survey believe that Vodafone is socially responsible

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Mobiles, masts and health

Our vision is to lead within the industry in responding to public concerns about mobile phones, masts and health by demonstrating leading-edge practices and encouraging others to follow.

We are committed to:

  • openness and transparency;
  • constantly protecting the health and safety of our customers, local communities, and our employees and contractors;
  • open debate based on published scientific evidence;
  • sharing significant scientific developments; and
  • complying with all applicable laws wherever we operate.
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Download our Sustainable Business Report 2018

Our Sustainable Business Report 2018 provides more detail on our strategy, approach, focus areas, performance and progress.

Sustainable Business Report 2018 (PDF, 9 Mb)

Download individual chapters from our Sustainable Business Report 2018

Our contribution to the UN SDGs

Through our local businesses, our sustainable business strategy, goals and programmes and the work of the Vodafone Foundation, we estimate that we make the greatest impact on five of the UN SDGs.

Our contribution to the UN SDGs (PDF, 3.7 Mb)

Our reporting in one place

In our reporting centre, you will find all our reports, statements and transparency disclosures, including Modern Slavery, Tax and our Total Economic Contribution and Law Enforcement Disclosure, along with previous Sustainable Business reports.

Reporting centre