Posted on December 11, 2016

Vodafone Qatar today launched their second Sustainability Report 2015-2016 accredited by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the international governance body for corporate sustainability reports assurance.

Sustainability reporting is considered a crucial tool for managing stakeholder expectations, risk management and corporate planning which is designed to provide information on a company’s environmental, social and economic performance and impacts and the initiatives for improving performance in these areas. Vodafone Qatar’s corporate sustainability report reflects Vodafone’s consideration of issues important to their stakeholders, including customers, employees, governments, regulators and communities where they operate, suppliers, their lenders and bondholders, and their equity investment partners.

“Vodafone Qatar’s ambition is to enable sustainable living for all through operating ethically and responsibly, delivering positive change using our technology, and to contribute to community development in Qatar and around the world. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of corporate transparency and hope that our sustainability report will serve to encourage dialogues between Vodafone Qatar’s Sustainability team and our stakeholders on issues that matter to them,” said Dana Haidan, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Vodafone Qatar.

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Last year, Vodafone Qatar took several steps towards implementing its sustainable business strategy. On the environmental front, the company has invested in hybrid power systems aiming to reduce its diesel consumption by 64% by the end of next year, in addition to successfully reducing its water consumption by 27%, which is an area that needs special attention in Qatar due to the country’s limited water supplies. With regards to its people development, Vodafone launched last year its new maternity leave policy to support working mothers, which gives them 112 working days of maternity leave compared to the market standard of 50 days.

Moreover, the company continues to invest in its training and development, increasing its training hours to 41 hours per employee per year. Furthermore, the company continues its strong performance in relation to health and safety, with zero work related injuries and fatalities reported last year and a holistic health and safety programme that includes defensive driving training, anti-smoking campaigns, first aid training, strict supplier H&S audits, among others. The company also continues to give back to the community through its corporate social responsibility programme that supports several local charities, sports and education initiatives. Its focus area under the programme is its AmanTECH initiative which educates parents about digital parenting and guiding their children to stay safe in the digital world.

Vodafone is the first company in Qatar to voluntarily issue a GRI sustainability report and the first in the telecommunications sector which has earned the Company the Best Sustainability Initiative Award in last year’s Qatar CSR Summit. In 2015, 166 sustainability reports were published in the Middle East and increasing by the rate of 40%, highlighting the increasing importance of corporate transparency.

Vodafone Qatar’s sustainability report is available on www.vodafone.qa/sustainability

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