CEO Vittorio Colao talks about Vodafone’s approach and priorities
Mobile and digital communications transform lives and livelihoods. Our core business – connecting people and businesses – has fundamentally reshaped how 446 million customers in 26 countries communicate, share, create, learn and grow and thus realise their individual and collective potential.
We are committed to achieving our business goals while seeking to act at all times with openness, integrity and the highest standards of corporate responsibility. We expect everyone who works with us to have the utmost respect for privacy, human rights and freedom of expression. Our transparency report setting out our principles, policies and practices in meeting demands for assistance from law enforcement and intelligence agencies is widely viewed as the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
We have a similar commitment to transparency in another area of intense public scrutiny and debate. Our tax and total economic contribution report contains a breakdown – on a country-by-country basis – of the taxes we paid last year. The report was updated and published in January 2015 and provides details of how we paid £14.75 billion to underpin the public finances in our countries of operation.
We also think carefully about our role in mitigating climate change, reducing environmental harm, ensuring ethical conduct throughout our supply chain and tackling gender inequality. From the farmer in Turkey who uses our mobile services to enhance crop productivity and reduce pesticide use, to the new mother working for Vodacom Mozambique who will benefit from the same support offered to her peers in Europe under our new global maternity policy, we strive to have a positive impact on the way people manage their daily lives. We also provide details of our new approach to the reduction of greenhouse gases including a goal to use our technologies to help our customers reduce their carbon emissions by twice the amount of CO2e generated by our own business by 2018.
M-Pesa continues to evolve beyond a traditional mobile money transfer service enabling people to save and borrow and receive salaries and benefits. It is also the platform for many of our health and agricultural initiatives in emerging markets, demonstrating the power of mobile to protect vulnerable people from disease and extend economic participation and financial resilience to some of the poorest people on earth.
Operational safety remains a key focus at Vodafone. Further details are set out in the health and safety section of this report.
The beliefs, aspirations and concerns of our diverse stakeholders shape our performance and success influencing the way in which we make decisions. We hope that this report demonstrates how our global business strategies and local market operations play an active and positive role in addressing a range of critical social issues.
Chief Executive, Vodafone Group Plc
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