Shared value creation

Digitalization has significant effects on societal development. By leveraging our core competencies and business and by executing on new opportunities, we create sustainable profitability and growth while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our shared value creation efforts focus on three areas:

  • Environmental action
  • Quality of life
  • Innovation and growth

Below are proof points of how we create shared value by leveraging core business and innovation.

Learn more about the SDGs 

Telia in project to digitalize underground mining

A project that makes it possible to digitalize operations in mines with the ultimate goal to increase safety and efficiency in the rugged underground mines.

The participating partners in the project are ABB, Atlas Copco, Boliden, Ericsson, InfoVista, RISE, Telia, Volvo Construction Equipment and Wolfit. The common ambition is to enable mining operators, maintenance personnel, equipment and machines from different suppliers to be connected and share data. The parties believe it is an innovative way of thinking that enables new services that can be used in other industries as well. Telia, Ericsson and InfoVista develop the mobile network built in the mine and test technology that, in the future, can be used in the next generation mobile network, 5G.  

The project contributes to SDG8: Decent work and economic growth.

Nobina and telia innovate on smart transportation

Nobina, the largest bus transport group in the Nordics, cooperates with Telia in Sweden to develop solutions for smarter, more sustainable travel and public transport in the future by analyzing anonymized mobile data.

The innovation divisions of Nobina and Telia Company worked together using crowd analytics technology to test how the use of aggregated and anonymized mobile network data can be used to better understand travel patterns. The cooperation helps to gain better insight into how passengers move not only when they travel but also to gain information more quickly regarding new travel needs, to be able to offer better solutions that meet society’s requirements.

The results show that new technical solutions such as crowd analytics combined with data can contribute to many different improvements for society, such as improving mobility and communications.

The collaboration contributes to SDG9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure and SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities.


Ecofleet and telia team up to create greener car fleets

Sense is Telia’s cloud-based connected car solution. A mobile app and a small piece of hardware give vehicle owners access to services and features such as vehicle diagnostics, positioning and 4G wi-fi connectivity.

Ecofleet is the first enterprise partner to connect to the Telia Sense enterprise platform with the pupose of taking environmentally-friendly vehicle fleet 
management to the next level. Data on greenhouse gas emissions based on fuel consumption is collected in real time from the vehicle. At the end of each trip, Telia Sense transfers the information to Ecofleet who compile emissions and event reports for its enterprise customers and keep a close eye on emission values and other vehicle data.

Using data to optimize driving, which not only reduces fuel cost but also has a clear environmental benefit is technology at its best. It clearly shows the ambition to create innovative Internet of Things ecosystems.

Telia Sense and Ecofleet contribute to SDG13: Climate action.

Smart button connects elderly to healthcare

In partnership with Sarita, Telia in Denmark launched a pilot project to test how new technology and connected wearable devices can impact the safety and quality of elderly care.

A group of care professionals and senior residents at the retirement home Aarhus Friplejehjem in Denmark are testing the "Sarita pearl", a new device in the form of a brooch that combines GPS, an emergency button that the elderly can press to call for help and a fall alarm that alerts the caregiver. 

The brooch, or smart button, is connected to Telia's network and has a direct link between caretaker and caregiver via an app on the staff's smartphone. 

The wearable technology is developed by Sarita, a winner in Telia Denmark's digital start-up competition Jump. Through the pilot project, Sarita get better insight into how the technology works and how it is received. One feature that has been particularly appreciated is that the "Sarita pearl" enables the caregiver to communicate to the elderly that help is on the way.

The smart button and the digital start-up competition contribute to SDG3: Good health and well-being and SDG9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure.


Accelerating sustainable growth

In this report by Deloitte commissioned by Telia, Deloitte have taken a closer look at how the services made possible by digitalization can accelerate more sustainable growth in the Nordics and Baltics.

The Nordic economies (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) have historically performed well but are facing a number of socio-economic challenges. These include low economic and productivity growth, high unemployment, especially amongst young people, as well as rising cost of healthcare for a growing and aging population. The Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) face similar economic challenges to the Nordics and are still behind other EU countries’ income and productivity.

According to the report findings, increasing the scope and scale of digitalization in the Nordics and Baltics could add up to €100bn to the Nordic and Baltic economies in 2021, while also contributing to all dimensions of development covered by the United Nations. For example:

  • Boosting sustainable growth: Enhanced use of digital solutions among governments, businesses and consumers may increase productivity by 3.5% on average across the Nordics and Baltics while creating up to an additional 470,000 jobs.

  • Improving people’s lives: Up to 23,000 untimely deaths could be avoided through e-healthcare, while connected smart transportation could save up to 1,000 lives annually on our roads in 2021.

  • Protecting the environment: Increased digitalization of the Nordic and Baltic economies could enable a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20%. That equates to taking nearly 9 million cars off the roads for a year.

Connected digital solutions can enable better access to quality education, new innovative jobs for our youths, improved healthcare for a growing and aging population, more efficient use of natural resources, as well as safer and cleaner cities and transportation.

However, while digitalization may unlock new more sustainable economic growth, a number of significant barriers still need to be successfully addressed to realize the opportunities of digital services. These include development of the regulatory environment for complex issues such as privacy, data security, taxation of shared assets and liability for machine actions.

Download the full report here