Impacts on the SDGs

Telecommunications and ICT services are making a measurable positive contribution to the realization of all UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but there are also negative impacts and risks that must be managed.

Our approach to the SDGs is based on both actual and potential as well as current and future impacts. It is also strongly linked to the conditions in our markets.

SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

The most directly impactful SDG for our industry, as realization of the goal on time depends on access to telecommunications and digitalization of society. The development of resilient infrastructure relies on secure digital solutions for monitoring and efficient management.

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Supporting this development is an integral part of our business strategy. Internet of Things (IoT), data insights and an already increasing number of 5G-based solutions enable smart, sustainable solutions in areas like public transport, traffic control and real-time monitoring of air quality.

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

The internet gives consumers direct access to services that replace physical products and support growing service economies. At the same time, the entire industry urgently needs to rethink and rework its approach to offering consumer electronics with a circular mindset.

SDG 13: Climate action

Digital solutions are key to creating a low-carbon economy across a vast range of application possibilities in transportation, agriculture, real estate, industry and more. The ICT sector also needs to take responsibility for its own negative climate impact.

SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Access to telecommunications and the internet have created unprecedented opportunities related to access to information and learning. However, there are associated risks and negative impacts such as cyberattacks and the distribution of child sexual abuse material online that present a challenge to the realization of SDG 16. These risks and negative impacts need to be proactively and transparently managed and mitigated.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The ICT industry is increasingly taking an ecosystem approach, partnering with a broad range of stakeholders to unlock the potential of digital solutions as drivers for sustainable development and in managing industry-common and cross-industry challenges.