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Community investment and NGOs

Community investment
and NGOs

Our corporate community investment priorities were renewed in early 2020 and the key pillars going forward updated to reflect these priorities and to support our most material sustainability topics. They continue to be aligned with our corporate strategy, key business drivers, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
 

From 2020 onward our new community investment pillars are:

  1. Connecting the unconnected

  2. Empowering diversity

  3. Defending our climate

In 2019 we adjusted our CCI programs so that there was a greater balance between global, regional and local programs and projects but with the majority under the umbrella of the three key pillars. Our smaller local programs include employee volunteering where possible.

Nokia and UNICEF
collaborate to
boost healthcare
to 58 million children
in Indonesia

With the fourth largest child population in the world, Indonesia’s 89 million children carry much of the health burden. Around 1 million Indonesian children miss out on full immunization every year, placing the country fourth globally in terms of absolute numbers of unimmunized children.

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Empowering unconnected and
underprivileged children in
Kenya with UNICEF

In Kenya, children and young people make up two-thirds of the population. Almost 12 million are students in more than 38 000 schools across the country. Only 39 per cent of 7 to13-year-old students from the ASAL counties can solve basic numeracy or literacy tasks in English and Kiswahili.

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Helping hands initiative mobilizes volunteers to address issues in local communities

In 2019 we decided to rethink our corporate community investment approach to further engage our employees in volunteering. We launched Helping hands, an application-based corporate community investment initiative addressing local issues with the active participation of our employees. After receiving hundreds of applications, 45 helping hands projects were selected, across 30 countries. 

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Helping hands initiative mobilizes volunteers to address issues in local communities

Remedial education in India with the Samridhdhi Trust

Education is a fundamental right of all children in India. Yet many children particularly those hailing from families of migrant workers are deprived of basic education for reasons beyond their control. The barriers to joining mainstream schools are many, beginning with providing proof of being a citizen, overcoming language barriers or being responsible for sibling care while parents go out to earn a living. Bengaluru, a metropolitan city of India also has a large number of such children.

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Remedial education in India with the Samridhdhi Trust

Long-term collaboration brings long-term benefits to children in Myanmar

Nokia and Save the Children partnership in Myanmar was signed at the end of 2014, and activities began at the beginning of 2015. The 5 year collaboration produced two major projects, “The Best Start” project from 2015 to 2017 and the “Making Change Happen together” project from 2017 to 2019. Over those 5 years Save the Children and Nokia have worked in the communities of three townships to improve early learning and development opportunities for the most marginalized children.

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Copyright: Thein Zaw / Save the Children

Copyright: Thein Zaw / Save the Children


Nokia’s Season’s Greetings campaigns

Supported by Nokia’s Season’s Greetings campaign, Plan International continued its work with the Digital Gender Divide program, which builds up young people’s work-related skills and capacities in Uganda and Ethiopia. 

With the aid of Nokia Season’s Greetings donation, the Finnish Red Cross provided disaster relief and deployed a field hospital to help victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. 

With the support of Nokia’s Season’s Greeting funding, Oxfam was able to support refugees affected by the Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh. 

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Copyright: Maruf Hasan/Oxfam

Copyright: Maruf Hasan/Oxfam


Internet Classrooms Against Poverty in China

More than 50 million rural students have no access to computers in China. Meanwhile, many obsolete computers are still in good condition and could be reused after appropriate refurbishment. We cooperate with the NGO Zhonggu to donate used company/staff computers. After refurbishment by professional institutions, we set up Internet Classrooms in rural schools in impoverished areas in China.

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Our customers/partners/media also participate in this program together with us. They usually donate 1-2 years’ free broadband network access, books, education videos, and such materials to the schools.

We organize several activities onsite to interact with the children, for example a donation ceremony, internet courses, olympic games, team building courses, and environmental games.

Our NGO signs an agreement with the beneficiary schools, who commit to provide weekly computer courses to the children. After 1-2 years, the NGO will re-visit these schools, examining their teaching quality & computer quality. Our NGO will also dispose of any computers safely according to their condition.

Having cooperated with the NGO Zhonggu for 8 years since 2011, we have successfully set up 36 internet classrooms in 12 provinces and municipalities, including Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Gansu, Shanghai, Beijing and Tibet. We have refurbished over 900 second hand company/staff computers, benefited more than 20 000 children and teachers, attracted more than 160 staff to attend it as volunteers, who have contributed 19 739 volunteer hours, cooperated with many customers, partners and media, such as Jiangxi Telecom, Jiangxi Mobile, Gansu Mobile, Tibet Mobile, SMG (media) and many others.

Internet Classrooms Against Poverty in China

Social protection and disaster preparedness in India

Since 2014, we have worked with Save the Children in India to implement social protection programs and reduce the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable children and their families. We have helped to increase the resilience and capacity of children and their communities to reduce disaster risk and provide relief and rehabilitation when disasters hit, by creating critical infrastructure and raising awareness of disaster risk reduction.

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The task force groups formed in each village under the project have responded to both major emergencies such as the Bihar floods and the Vardha Cyclone, and daily risks such as fire accidents in the slums.

Through the disaster preparedness and mitigation program, we have reached our target to implement disaster management plans in each of the targeted 350 villages across five states: Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, and Rajasthan.

With the help of our project partner Save the Children, we made school children more secure, contributed to district disaster management plans, created a group of early responders, promoted technology to connect people in times of need and helped many in mitigating risks that arose from disasters.
 

Some key outcomes have been:

Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Plant for 3 villages to mitigate water contamination caused by disaster: The devastating tsunami of 2004 increased the salinity levels of ground and surface water in Kottaikuppam village about 150 KMs from Chennai. The Vardha cyclone of 2016 further ravaged the resources of the village leaving the villagers in a state of deprivation. Being a village identified and addressed by the project, community members of Kottaikuppam found it easier to understand the issue of salinity. They raised the issue with concerned authorities since they were aware of the problems they would face if they consumed contaminated water. Community demand led to a commercial sized reverse osmosis water purification plant. On seeing the success of the RO plant in villages in Tamil Nadu, a similar plant was set up in Jameelbath in Nalanda district of Bihar. 395 adults and 228 children are benefitting and are protected from water borne diseases.

Families In Bihar Get Respite From Contaminated Water With Arsenic Filters: Arsenic and iron levels in drinking water in low lying flood prone villages in Nalanda in Bihar, made it unfit for consumption. The disaster aware community started buying bottled water to prevent health disorders and simultaneously demanded a resolution to their problems. 138 families identified as most vulnerable were given arsenic filters to give them respite from the problem.

Community Early Responders Form Grain Bank To Mitigate Hunger Of Fire Survivors In Hiyadpur Village In Bihar: A violent fire engulfed 10 houses in Hiyadpur village in Bihar. A Grain Bank created to mitigate disasters within the Disaster Management Resource Centre in Khagaria responded by distributing 600 KGs of grains to the survivors. These grains comprised rice, wheat and maize that are predominantly consumed as staples in the region. The most fascinating fact was that instead of waiting for help from outsiders, the unaffected villagers were the early responders contributing to the grain bank in proportion to their ability.

Social protection and disaster preparedness in India

Location development

Volunteers in our site locations around the world carry out innumerable acts of kindness throughout the year, providing the basics for those in critical need: food, clothing, and refurbishing shelters. Many provide next-level aid through education and professional training, helping those to break the cycle of poverty.

Our Location Development community continued its support of our Corporate Community Investment mission, with numerous projects supporting our 2019 CCI priority pillars. Many of our locations around the world encourage our employees to use 2 days per year for volunteering purposes and the new Helping hands program aims to support the projects our employees care about locally. Below are just a few local projects from 2019.

Building a park in “Campamento Cerro la Campana”, Chile

Building a park in “Campamento Cerro la Campana”, Chile

Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara, Romania

We support education from the first steps.
On the first day of school, 300 fully equipped backpacks were donated by Nokia Timisoara employees to disadvantaged children.

Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw, Poland

Nokia volunteers in Wroclaw planted 3000 oak trees and 200 maple trees with local forestry management organization.

Lannion, France

Lannion, France

As part of their induction, our young professionals spent the day clearing and tidying a small but well-known Island of Ile Grande in Brittany.

2019 greenlight for girls, asbl

Cairo, Egypt

Our Nokia employees helping girls enjoy a day of technology and getting them hooked on science for a future STEM career.

Image Copyright: 2019 greenlight for girls, asbl

Morocco

Morocco

Creating a club that offers girls a creative space in which they discover robotics and electronics and learn how to code, program and participate in national and international robotics competitions.

Chengdu, China

Chengdu, China

Helping children realize their technical potential, the “Technology Innovation Relay in Middle Schools of Sichuan Province” was launched.

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