Telenor Group Kickstarts Major SDG10: Reduced Inequalities Efforts Across Asia

The Telenor Group’s global operations have pledged commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #10, Reduced Inequalities. In a series of events across Telenor’s markets in Asia, “Partnering for Reduced Inequalities: How Business Can Contribute to the SDGs,” Telenor Group leaders along with local stakeholders and partners are discussing where we stand now in our commitment towards the SDGs and what’s next on the road through 2020 and beyond.

Written: Oct 2017

In a series of international events kicking off with The Economist’s Sustainability Summit Asia on November 1 in Kuala Lumpur, Telenor Group leaders are bringing together global partners to discuss how corporates play a major role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how Telenor is committed to #SDG10: Reduced Inequalities. An open dialogue between stakeholders is crucial for successfully achieving these Global Goals.

The events will unfold in November in capital cities across Telenor Group’s Asia footprint, from Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka, Bangkok to Islamabad. The schedule is as follows:

  • Kuala Lumpur, November 1: Telenor Group keynote at The Economist Sustainability Summit Asia
  • Kuala Lumpur, November 2: Partnering for Reduced Inequalities Roundtable at Digi Headquarters
  • Dhaka, November 6: Partnering for Reduced Inequalities Roundtable at Grameenphone Headquarters
  • Bangkok, November 17: Partnering for Reduced Inequalities Roundtable at Dtac Headquarters
  • Events in Yangon and Islamabad are planned for late Q4’17 / early Q1’18

Wenche Agerup, EVP and Head of Corporate Affairs, Telenor Group said, “Achieving Reduced Inequalities is high on the agenda for many of our stakeholders, and we are in a key position to support this agenda. We hope that by promoting dialogue on Reduced Inequalities among important players in the private and public sectors across Asia, together we will be able to deliver solutions that can address social, economic and environmental needs and close inequality gaps.”

Notably, these events are happening in countries with significant social, educational, economic and environmental inequalities – societies with much to gain from the successful achievement of SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a collective.

Fact: In Pakistan, as few as 1 in 4 births are on average registered, according to UNICEF’s State of the Children report in 2011. Birth registration is a foundational right that ensures a child’s right to education, health and protection from violence, child marriage and child labour. Similar low rates of birth registration are found in local, rural communities across developing Asia.

Fact: Forty percent of Thailand’s population work in the agricultural sector. Only 10 percent of the country’s GDP is produced by this same sector, reflecting low productivity and inequities that can be improved with access to mobile farming information services. http://globalriskinsights.com/2016/01/extreme-drought-threatens-thailands-political-stability/

Fact: In Bangladesh, half of all secondary school-aged students are likely to encounter cyberbullying or unsafe online situations, while only about 1 in 3 of these students say that they would consult with a parent or guardian when faced with a difficult situation online. https://www.telenor.com/media/press-release/safe-internet-research-spotlights-student-experiences-with-cyberbullying-and-online-peer-pressure/.

In light of these situations, key focus areas within Telenor Group’s Reduced Inequalities plans through 2020 are:

  • A commitment to a safer online experience for all users, especially children
  • Partnerships towards Reduced Inequalities
  • Ecosystem employment, including economic contributions of direct, indirect and induced employment through local operations
  • Improving working conditions in the group’s vast supply chain by building capacity on safer working conditions.

“In our role as a major mobile operator and digital service provider in market, we see ourselves as well positioned to contribute to reduced inequalities,” said Wenche Agerup. “In light of our scale and area of business, we can make this happen by providing access to services, raising standards in line with international best practices, investing in our local economy, leveraging digital services and connectivity to address social and environmental challenges, and by creating opportunities for meaningful and safe digital participation.”

For more information on Telenor Group’s commitment to SDG 10, please visit: https://www.telenor.com/sustainability/strategic-direction/sustainability-direction/ .