Vodafone India Reinforces Commitment to Sustainability

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NEW DELHI: Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers, today announced the release of “Footprints IV- Steps Today for a Better Tomorrow”, the fourth edition of its annual sustainability report.  A digital version of the report was formally released by Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone Group Plc.

CM3_1511Releasing the report, Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone Group Plc, said, “In the last two decades, mobiles have truly transformed the way people engage and interact. Seamless connectivity and easy availability have made mobile services the engine for accelerating inclusion and propagation of information across sectors. In fields such as education, healthcare, agriculture and financial inclusion, the progress enabled by mobile is unparalleled. Importantly, the social development sector has also significantly benefited from advances in both mobile reach and technology.”

“Footprints IV- Steps Today for a Better Tomorrow”, chronicles the developmental initiatives undertaken and supported by Vodafone in India during the financial year 2013-14. ‘Vodafone Cares’ is the platform that integrates all the good that Vodafone India does for the society. All the developmental initiatives undertaken and supported are categorised under the three pillars of Education, Empowerment and Environment (3Es) on which the ‘Vodafone Cares’ platform rests. These 3Es align the organisation’s efforts towards being a socially responsible company and to make a meaningful difference to all its stakeholders and the community at large.

Speaking about Vodafone India’s Sustainability journey, Marten Pieters, MD & CEO, Vodafone India, said, “Acknowledging our responsibility towards society, we have engrained contributing to society in Vodafone India’s mission and strategy, shaping the way we conduct our business. We see our customers, employees, shareholders and the community we operate in, as our most important stakeholders. To create value, we have devised initiatives to manage our social, economic and environmental impact and ensure that they are aligned to our strategic priorities- enhancing connectivity and customer experience, reducing energy consumption, building human capital and community development .“

This report provides Vodafone India’s diverse stakeholders, a glimpse of its progress in enabling economic, environmental and social development, doing more with less, increasing accessibility and being a responsible corporate citizen. ‘Footprints IV’ responds to key material aspects raised by important internal and external stakeholders identified as employees, customers, suppliers, NGOs, industry experts and regulatory authorities as well as the communities Vodafone India operates in.

Compiled referencing the latest Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines, this report has been independently assured by an external expert using the AA1000AS (2008) type 2 Moderate level standard. Keeping with the spirit of sustainability, ‘Footprints IV- Steps Today for a Better Tomorrow’, is being published in the digital format only and can be downloaded from www.vodafone.in

On this occasion, Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone Group Plc, also presented a cheque of Rs. 12 million to Safeena Hussain of Vodafone Foundation’s NGO partner, Educate Girls. Over 12,000 Vodafone India employees along with their family and friends participated to raise funds for 8 weeks across the country as part of the Giving Championship to enable more than 47000 young girls (6-14 years) in Ajmer, Bundi and Rajsamand districts in Rajasthan to go back to school for one academic year. The Giving Championships is Vodafone way of supporting the commendable work being done by select colleagues participating in the Vodafone Foundation’s flagship World of Difference programme.

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