Letter from the President
Here, at Nokia’s headquarters in Finland, it seems that spring starts earlier and winter ends sooner each year. Yet your perspective on the dangers of climate change will be very different depending on where you are in the world.
The Australian firefighter, who has been battling raging bushfires for months on end. The Kenyan subsistence farmer, who faces another failed crop because of another year without rain. For them, climate change is already a matter of life and death.
Nokia is a global company. That means we have global responsibilities not just to our shareholders, customers and employees, but to the countries we work in, and the world we leave behind to our children and grandchildren.
This really hit home for me recently when reading David Wallace-Wells’ excellent book The Uninhabitable Earth. In 2008, our neighbours Norway created “Doomsday” – a seed vault that was designed to store every crop on the planet and act as a global food bank in the event of a global catastrophe. But due to an unprecedented heatwave in the North Pole last year, the permafrost, which protects the vault, has started to melt.
The global catastrophe is already happening. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Can we do something about it?
At Nokia, we believe we can and we must.
This report sets out the steps we have taken to become a more sustainable company: increasing the energy efficiency of our products and processes; reducing carbon emissions at all of our sites; helping our customers make their operations more sustainable; and building the technologies of the future that will improve people’s lives while protecting the planet and conserving its resources.
Equally, this report looks at what we are doing to better care for people as well as the planet. We are a company whose reputation is built on over 150 years of trustworthiness. That trust is earned by our employees acting ethically and with integrity at all times.
That means conducting business honestly and transparently wherever we find ourselves; promoting human rights and human dignity by ensuring our products do no harm; protecting private data; building on our impressive work to close unexplained pay gaps at Nokia; and creating an inclusive working culture where everyone can fulfill their potential.
This report goes into detail on the ambitious targets we have set ourselves on cutting emissions and playing our part in meeting the 1.5°C global warming goal set by the United Nations – a goal that climate experts agree is critical to avoid catastrophic climate change. The report is also aligned with the United Nations Global Compact.
We believe our work to build a more connected world will create new solutions and new opportunities to work, travel and live more sustainably.
However, technology alone cannot solve the global climate challenge we face. We need both the individual and the collective will to take the right decisions and follow through on our ambitions. Economic prosperity and ecological harmony is possible. We believe that improving the lives of people and nurturing our planet should go hand in hand.
After reading this report, I hope you will join us on this journey.
Nokia President and CEO