Zain Group, a leading telecom innovator in seven markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces the publication of its 11th consecutive annual sustainability report, entitled 'A resilient journey across a challenging year'. In the report, Zain summarizes its sustainability-related activities during the year based on its new five-year Corporate Sustainability strategy that is grounded on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The 11th edition of the report showcases how Zain continues to improve and adapt its activities to align to international best practices and reporting that follows the GRI Standards Framework. Zain is also implementing the Sustainability Accounting Standard Board (SASB) framework for Telecommunications Services.
Commenting on the publication of the 11th consecutive annual sustainability report, Bader Al-Kharafi, Zain Vice-Chairman and Group CEO, "Throughout 2021, Zain remained unwavering in its determination to drive equitable systemic change in the communities in which it operates by providing access to meaningful connectivity, especially in the face of many socio-economic and environmental challenges, and lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which hindered development across the globe."
"Nevertheless, 2021 was a significant year for progress with respect to Zain's sustainability agenda, underscored by the many initiatives successfully implemented across our footprint, and highlighted by the upgraded A- score received from CDP indicating our regional leadership in addressing climate change."
Duncan Howard, Zain Bahrain CEO, commented, " We are proud that our many sustainability initiatives have been recognised through this upgraded CDP score. Our commitment to Sustainability and Inclusion covers many areas, including social innovation, climate change, and inclusivity, as well as creating shared value. During 2021, Zain Bahrain expanded its Sustainability efforts and established a dedicated function to achieve the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to align with Bahrain's vision 2030"
Qualitative and quantitative progress in Zain's Corporate Sustainability strategy
Zain's five-year Corporate Sustainability strategy formulated in 2020 is centered on four pillars: Climate Change; Social Business; Inclusion; and Generation Youth. It is based on the UN's SDGs, aiming to establish purpose-driven activities anchored in meaningful connectivity to drive equitable systematic change. The vision is to reduce inequalities, safeguard the planet, foster innovation, and build prosperous communities
Highlights from Zain's 2021 Sustainability initiatives
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