A connected world, a sustainable world

A connected world, a sustainable world

Telefónica, a group committed to sustainability as transversal element in all its strategy and operation, wants to contribute and promote the fulfillment of these Goals, understanding this opportunity as a responsibility and a privilege.

Therefore, the Telco spins all your actions on the SDGs, since it allows you to ensure the sustainability of the business as well as being able to contribute to a project that is decisive for the future of people, favoring social and economic progress through digitization to ensure a digital transition focused on leaving no one behind.

Technological and digital transformation can remove obstacles that seem insurmountable today. Digital solutions have shown that they can go where social failures arise and contribute to positively transform communities and productive and economic models. The deployment of the latest generation broadband networks has a direct impact on the socio-economic development of areas and regions. In fact, the deployment of fiber optics in rural areas will increase the average annual income by up to 3.9% and may contribute to increasing the employability of people through the promotion and creation of companies.

Telefónica, which has based its work agenda around Goal 9 “Build inclusive and sustainable connectivity”, has contributed through the deployment of sustainable infrastructures, resilient and quality, in addition to offering its capacity for innovation to address major global challenges. In fact, it has brought new high-speed communications networks closer to most people so that they can enjoy new digital services. In Spain 4G coverage is already here more than 98% of the population and progress has been made in the deployment of fiber not only in urban areas, but especially in rural populations, to exceed 25 million homes with fiber coverage by the end of 2020, thus improving the capacities and development opportunities of many regions of Spain cooperating to reduce the so-called digital divide so that all people can benefit from the advantages of connectivity and digitization.

Also, and in less than a year, they have been deployed the new 5G mobile networks to serve 80% of the population. In addition, Telefónica contributes and promotes industrial digitization and especially that of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), since the new services can allow them to increase their productivity between 15 and 25%.

All this has contributed, within the framework of SDG 9, to an inclusive digitization, present in target 9.1, cutting-edge (9.5) and accessible (9.c), which has made it possible to guarantee a reliable and resilient service, offering digital services based on the most cutting-edge technology to be a pioneer in the digital revolution, adding the social vision because progress cannot be understood without people.

Entrepreneurship and training

But it’s not just about deploying technology, it’s about put it at the service of people and society, focusing on Goal 8, promoting digitization for society, or Goal 4, addressing inequalities and promoting training and learning:

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship. Through programs such as Telefónica Venture Capital or Wayra, a flight of young talent is being avoided.

  • Training in digital skills. Training programs are developed with the aim of training in the new skills through Conecta Empleo, code.org or 42 from Fundación Telefónica, which have benefited more than 2 million people.

  • Facilitate access and use. Once the network arrives, it is necessary to ensure that everyone can make use of the new digital solutions, regardless of their capabilities. An example is the content for people with disabilities available on Movistar +, the first private television in the world that meets this need by allowing access to more than 5,000 pieces of content for people with hearing or visual problems.

On the other hand, in line with SDG 5 “Gender equality”, Telefónica points out that diversity and gender equality are key and cross-cutting elements of its strategic agenda. For this reason, the company has developed a specific line of work to address the shortage of women in STEM careers; Various initiatives are being carried out to guarantee equal access to job opportunities; Nine criteria have been applied to make vacancies more inclusive; or even procedures have been established to guarantee the presence of both genders in the finalist candidates for selection processes for managerial positions or the creation of a Transparency Commission.

For Telefónica, working based on the 2030 Agenda is urgent and requires a Digital Pact that allows rebuilding societies and economies.

Leading company

Telefónica has been recognized in 2020 as the leading European company, and the second in the world in the Digital Inclusion Benchmark (DIB), an international ranking that analyzes the 100 largest global companies in the technology sector


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