Our commitment to raising standards and providing connectivity is facilitated by our new three-pronged strategy of growth, modernisation, and responsible business. Inclusive in this approach are a range of initiatives aimed at promoting digital and financial inclusion and continuously improving working conditions and standards in our operations and supply chain.
Working in the context of COVID-19
The current public health crisis brought about by the spread of COVID-19 presents an immense challenge to the achievement of the SDGs, given its widespread impact on global health (SDG 3), education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), economic opportunity (SDGs 1, 8), and global inequalities (SDG 10). In this way, it has crystallised certain priority areas for Telenor, including cyber security, customer privacy, and employee health and safety. Given that the pandemic has widened digital divides, thereby increasing inequalities around the world, our strategic focus on SDG 10 will be more important than ever moving forward, allowing us to effectively build back better.
At the same time, COVID-19 also presents a significant opportunity to achieve the targets set forth in the UN’s 2030 Agenda – similar to the SDGs, the challenges presented by the pandemic are globally interconnected and require a coordinated and cooperative response, giving digital connectivity a key role to play. An increased load across our networks has necessitated increased investment in our infrastructure, and alongside partners UNICEF and Plan International, Telenor has worked to support the millions of children impacted by school closures. Additionally, in order to aid healthcare professionals on the frontline of the pandemic response, we have provided donations in the form of protective health equipment and support to increase the availability of essential medical supplies. Read more about Telenor’s COVID-19 response here.
Overall, Telenor’s own commitment towards responsible business, which is built on promoting digital inclusion by extending connectivity and building digital skills while simultaneously raising standards in operations and our supply chain, will allow us to manage the impact of the pandemic on our employees and suppliers while also increasing network accessibility across the world (SDG 9).
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