Magyar Telekom: 0 gram annual CO2 emission equivalent at international group level!

For the second time already, the group operated in a carbon neutral way again in 2016

  • Magyar Telekom closed the first year of its sustainability strategy successfully
  • For the second time already, the group operated in a carbon neutral way again in 2016, as its annual total emission reached 0 gram annual CO2 emission equivalent at international group level
  • „Our worlds are different. Still, we understand each other” - Telekom established strategic partnership with Autistic Art in 2016 and became the supporter of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee
  • 11,412 hours of voluntary work, contribution to the society in the theoretical value of HUF 56.3 million
  • Training courses targeting industry sector wide succession and safe internet usage involved 14 thousand students
  • Record level - 5,000 visitors at the 9th Sustainability Day even
  • Reaching more than 10 thousand downloads, hello holnap! is the most popular Telekom app, serving the purpose of awareness raising as well as supporting NGOs

t_logo_250_140Uniquely in Hungary, in 2016 Magyar Telekom introduced already its fourth five years (2016-2020) sustainability strategy providing a detailed report about its first year in the 2016 Sustainability Strategy. Among others, the company also took into consideration the Sustainable Development objectives of the UN. The strategy guiding the period of 2016-2020 focuses on three key areas. There is no change in focusing on the protection of climate, coupled with education and awareness raising, as well as promoting sustainability through digitization.

As one of the biggest successes of year 2016, following 2015 already in the second year the Magyar Telekom Group operated in a fully carbon neutral manner. „Beside completing already our second 100 percent carbon neutral year, we continue to decrease our pollutant emission, making our energy use more rational and increasing the efficiency of our work processes by applying smart solutions” – said Christopher Mattheisen, Chief Executive Officer of the company. As part of the environmentally conscious operation, the company continued to increase the ratio of hybrid and electric cars within its corporate fleet, while 100 percent of the company’s electric energy use in Hungary was provided from renewable energy sources. In 2016 the associates of the company performed 87,276 hours of remote working, saving 3 million kilometers of travelling and more than 190 tons of CO2 emission. The company neutralized the remaining, fossil energy usage derived emission in a green project, specifically by supporting a water energy power plant.

Consequent to its sustainability performance, Magyar Telekom is continuously acknowledged by investor pursuing responsible practices (considering both social and environmental aspects). The responsible investor assessment of Oekom Research by the end of 2016 was B Premium again, ranking Magyar Telekom within the category of companies recommended for investment. Additionally, the company was also listed among the first corporations in the FTSE4Good Emerging Index launched by FTSE Russell, the independent global index provider in 2016. The Index was developed to assess the performance of companies with efficient environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities.

As one of the important steps taken last year, Magyar Telekom entered into a strategic NGO partnership with Autistic Art. By supporting the theme of autism, the company intends to promote social acceptance of those living with autism, while as a telecommunication company Magyar Telekom also intends to offer assistance to resolve a serious problem of people living with autism, in the area of communication. Telekom became the supporter of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee also in 2016. The company assists the Hungarian team’s preparation in the next Paralympic cycle. In addition, by cooperating with several interest representation organizations of people living with deficiencies Telekom announced further favorable terms hello holnap! tariff packages – introduced in 2014 - in a manner unique within the market, enabling also helpers and family members of those living with autism to use the new tariff package offering favorable terms.

Voluntarism is an organic part of corporate culture within the Magyar Telekom Group. Among others, in the course of charity team building programs and on the Telekom Voluntary Day organized in the autumn, the company’s associates spent a total of 11,412 working hours on voluntary activities, which equals to a contribution to the society with the theoretic value of HUF 56.3 million. On December 5, the International Volunteer Day almost 1 thousand associates of the company from all around Hungary, as well as the members of the Sustainability Media Club took part in the cookie charity program titled Giving Feels Good! In the framework of the cookie fair a donation of HUF 1.7 million was collected for the Autistic Art Foundation, which was supplemented by the company by adding further 4 million HUF.

Education is one of the key priorities of the sustainability strategy. Accordingly, the company also operates numerous programs targeting the promotion of industry sector wide succession and safe internet use. In the frame of the Digital Bridge, You Should Also Be an IT Expert! And the Smart Digital programs – organized by the volunteering associates of Magyar Telekom and T-Systems Hungary – the company made 14 thousand students digitally more mature. Additionally, in cooperation with its mother company Deutsche Telekom and the Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences, Magyar Telekom established the Data Science and Data Technology Faculty in 2016.

Last year in September the Magyar Telekom Sustainability Day had five thousand visitors. On the occasion of the 9th Sustainability Day – organized at a new venue – experts in four section groups discussed chances inherent in the digital era, while visitors could also get insights into the sustainability related activities of more than 50 exhibiting organizations. The company also organizes its professional day targeting the general public, as the 10th – jubilee - Sustainability Day will be organized in Akvárium Klub.

The 2016 Sustainability Report is available on the renewed helloholnap.hu website of the company. The site was refreshed both in format and content, describing the company’s sustainability related activities, along the three focal areas of its sustainability strategy.

This year the company’s sustainability report was already prepared following the Comprehensive compliance level requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards – to be introduced obligatorily following G4 from 2018. The external attestation of the report was performed by PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit Ltd. based on the ISAE 3000 international standards.

Link: https://www.telekom.hu/about_us/society_and_environment/sustainability_reports

The Magyar Telekom Group is convinced that infocommunication can be a tool to achieve sustainability, therefore the group – being one of the largest employers in Hungary – takes responsibility and commits to pursue its operation, governance and activities on the token of sustainability. Accordingly, Telekom – for more than 10 years – has been paying highlighted attention to sustainable development, the importance of protecting natural resources, the environment and climate, as well as to social justice and equality of chances.

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