Sostenibilidad: ICT tool for UN’s SDGs, says MTN
Abril 13, 2017
The tools of information communications technology (ICT) can help countries facilitate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), MTN Group Chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, has said.
He said the blurring of corporate responsibility boundaries, and society’s expectations of business to deliver sustainable shared value, are now standard matters of consideration for corporate management.
“We know that ICT can more easily enable the realisation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. A number of our operational objectives, partnerships, innovation processes and investments in platforms, capabilities, systems and organisational structures have been designed to ensure we continue to make a sustainable difference,” a statement published in the company’s Sustainability Report quoted Nhleko as saying.
The report detailed MTN’s efforts to create shared value in its markets, through responsible environmental and core business practices. It also unpacks how the company is creating sustainable economic value through digital inclusion, to address social and environmental imperatives, as well as how MTN is helping to build sustainable societies in a responsible and ethical manner.
In line with this, MTN is driving the delivery of affordable and accessible products, services and applications in its markets, aimed at transforming societies and improving lives in a manner that is inclusive, efficient and sustainable. These include enabling greater financial inclusion for over 50,4 million Mobile Money subscribers, including head porters in Ghana, UN World Food programme fund beneficiaries in Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia; and Female Y’ello Diamond account holders in Nigeria; mHealth services available in 12 operations, from Afghanistan to South Africa; digital education services made available in Cyprus, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda and mAgriculture solutions for farmer revenue optimisation of cashew nuts crops in Guinea-Bissau and cattle tracking in Nigeria.
Others are the introduction of low-cost smart phones (between $27 and $50) in Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville and Liberia and solar powered charging solutions to power lights, cell phones, fans, PCs or laptops, radios, TVs and other small electronic devices, made available in Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda
MTN has also realised that its operating countries often have limited resources to adapt and cope with environmental impact. As a result, the company is working towards mitigating its carbon footprint and resource consumption, by investing in green office projects and implementing energy efficiency, alternative energy and other programmes.
MTN’s eco-responsibility highlights include 340 renewable energy sites used to power MTN’s network operations; 10 454 energy efficiency solutions implemented across MTN’s operations; 537,1 tonnes of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) recycled; 15 646kg of paper saved; 117 250k of water saved and 1 808kg of general office waste recycled
Nhleko reaffirmed MTN’s continued commitment to create shared value in its markets, concluding, “We’ll continue to engage our stakeholders and partners to achieve our mutual aims of sustainable growth and a digitally-inclusive society,” he said.
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