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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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

Asset - Sustainability development goals

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

The climate crisis, war and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises have meant that the world is facing a reversal of progress on many of the SDGs. At their mid-point, around half are off-track and over 30% have regressed or stalled. Under current trends, the UN estimates that 575 million people will be living in extreme poverty by 2030 and 84 million children will be out of school. Meanwhile, the world is at hunger levels not seen since 2005, the window to limit the rise in global temperatures is closing quickly, and it will take an estimated 286 years to close the gender gap.

Digital technology will be essential in reducing these impacts and helping progress towards delivering the SDGs. We are working to play our part and 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 with others. Simultaneously, we can drive significant growth. For example, our M-Pesa mobile money platform, designed to enable financial inclusion, has over 66 million customers with over 33 billion transactions amounting to more than €351 million made this year, the equivalent of around 4 million per hour on average through a network of more than 617,000 agents. M-Pesa is also accepted by over one million merchants.

Asset - The global goals

The SDGs will only be achieved in partnership, and we continue to pioneer new models of co-operation between business, governments, international organisations and civil society to deliver progress and scale.

For example, we were a founding member of the International Telecommunication Union’s Partner2Connect coalition to connect the unconnected. In FY24, our partnership in Ethiopia with Safaricom PLC, Vodacom, Sumitomo Corporation and British International Investment received a major boost with news that the World Bank Group, one of the world’s major development finance institutions has invested in the business. Together with its partners, Safaricom Ethiopia has committed to help meet Ethiopia’s SDGs and improve the agriculture, medical, education, financial and tourism sectors of the country by rolling out, launching and operating 4G and 5G mobile networks across the entire country – including in rural and urban areas.

We continue to develop our partnerships to address environmental challenges. For example, our major global partnership between Vodafone and WWF will support our goals to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2040 and encourage a more circular economy for mobile phones.

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
UN SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure


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.

UN SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals


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.

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

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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

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We believe connectivity is a force for good. It’s an essential part of our lives. If we use technology for the things that really matter, it can improve our lives and the world around us.