Tele2 & Sustainability

Tele2 is a sustainability leader
IoT enables your sustainable goals

With a vision to lead in sustainability, our efforts are focused on finding areas where sustainability enables business opportunities & supports our long-term success as a company, as well as the success of our customers.

The fundamental idea for Tele2’s sustainability strategy is to focus our efforts on areas where the nature of our business and services allows us to maximize our impact. We firmly believe sustainability efforts should go hand in hand with the core operations of a business. That is how companies and organizations can maximize their contributions to a more sustainable society at large.

To develop its sustainability strategy, Tele2 conducted a comprehensive analysis of its past and future sustainability efforts, including gathering input from over 9,000 employees, consumers, B2B customers and investors. We have described our materiality analysis in detail here. The analysis resulted in a number of sustainability areas where Tele2 can make a difference, with four areas that stood out as especially significant for both internal and external stakeholders, while also aligning with business strategy and relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals

Areas of focus

Boost innovation for sustainability

Tele2 is committed to using its technology and connectivity expertise to drive the development of products and services that increase efficiency and creates sustainability
value across the board.

Advance circular economy

Having reduced emissions in our own operations by over 90%, we now focus on decreasing the value chain’s environmental impact, including vendors’ use of resources and customers’ reuse
and recycle behavior.

Diversity & inclusion

Tele2 strives for an established, diverse, and inclusive culture across all of our business. We truly believe that diversity
fuels action and creativity.

Protect children in a connected society

As a leading internet provider, we have decided that this is an area where we can make a real difference. Our child protection efforts are all about creating a safer environment for children online.

Firmly integrated throughout Tele2

The new sustainability strategy is integrated into Tele2’s operations throughout the company. It includes KPI:s and short-term activities within each focus area, as well as long-term targets which will guide Tele2 towards the ambition to lead in sustainability. To further the sustainability agenda, responsibilities within Tele2 have been clearly defined and a percentage of all managers’ short-term incentive program will be directly dependent on sustainability targets.

“It is important for us that our sustainability efforts are focused on areas where we can maximize our impact. We firmly believe that our sustainability efforts should benefit us, our customers and the society at large. We can make a significant impact while also becoming more efficient and find new business opportunities,” says Kjell Johnsen, President & CEO of Tele2.

Overarching goals

In order to fulfill our vision to lead in sustainability, we have set a number of overarching goals, as well as defined short-term activities and long-term goals KPI:s within each focus area above. Our overarching goals are:

  • Ensure sustainability is an integrated part of Tele2’s core business for our long-term success as a company.
  • Drive a strong sustainability agenda which meets the demands of our key stakeholders, including customers, investors, and employees.
  • Maximize our sustainability impact and the creation of shared value for all stakeholders.
  • Deliver sustainable products and services which retains current customers and wins new ones.
  • Increase resource efficiency to lower costs and energy consumption both in our own operations and our value chain.

Our ambitious sustainability agenda not only increases Tele2’s attractiveness among talent and other stakeholders, but also among existing and potential business partners.

Kjell JohnsenCEO & President, Tele2

IoT has a great potential to not only create customer value, but also a great amount of sustainability value. This ensures a win-win-win perspective for us, our clients and society at large.

Erik WottrichHead of Sustainability, Tele2

Tele2’s Sustainability Report 2022

Tele2’s Sustainability Report 2022 highlights Tele2’s continued industry leadership in sustainability.

Key highlights: Tele2’s sustainability efforts 2022

  • First company based in Sweden and the second telco globally to have its net-zero emissions target for 2035 approved by the Science-Based Targets initiative
  • Achieved an ‘A’ rating from CDP for leadership in corporate transparency and performance on climate change. Tele2 was one of only 2% of nearly 15,000 companies globally to achieve an ‘A’ rating
  • Launched a green and sustainability-linked financing framework and issued its first sustainability-linked bond. Tele2 also signed a sustainability-linked credit facility
  • First telco in the Nordics and Baltics to adopt a circular economy target for network equipment in its own operations
  • Renewed partnership with Reach for Change as well as continued partnerships with ECPAT and Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia’s Foundation in order to ensure progress in our focus area “Protect children in a connected society”
  • Products and services provided by Tele2 are estimated to have helped avoid the emission of more than 120,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2022

Read the Tele2 Annual Sustainability Report

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