The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprise 17 goals and 169 targets aimed at addressing the world’s most significant development challenges. Working with government and civil society, businesses have an important role to play in achieving these goals.
At Telstra, we see technology as an enabler of action on the SDGs. This is reflected in the focus of our Responsible Business Strategy. It includes initiatives and targets to address our impacts and opportunities in relation to the five priority SDGs listed below. Our SDG priorities reflect the areas we believe Telstra is best placed to contribute to, given our role as a major Australian employer and a leading telecommunications and technology company.
In 2016, we undertook an assessment to determine which SDGs best reflect our business context and strategy, our ICT capabilities, as well as our key risks and impacts across our value chain. We identified four priority SDGs for Telstra to contribute towards. With the introduction of our Responsible Business Strategy, we refreshed our assessment and determined that we should add Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption to our list of priorities this year, reflecting the increasing materiality of resource efficiency to our business and stakeholders.
How the SDGs intersect with our value chain
The tables below outline the targets we are pursuing in relation to our five priority SDGs, and the stages across our value chain where we can have the greatest impact (click on each image for a full size picture).