Materiality, Impact, and Risks
As an internet supplier, we operate in a dynamic and highly competitive market. However, our economic activities aren’t the whole story: we are also part of society and we can only be successful if this functions properly, too. This explains why we are committed to helping ensure a stable society that can meet future challenges.
We are part of society and are committed to helping ensure its stability and ability to meet future challenges.
Our products are targeted at a broad range of people in society and help them connect with each other. In line with this, we take social responsibility within our Company. In addition, we want to ensure this happens throughout the value chain. As a result, we expect our business partners to show responsibility for society and their stakeholder groups.
For many stakeholders, initiatives and projects that see the bigger picture beyond our day-to-day business are extremely important. For example, potential customers increasingly look at companies’ social and environmental commitment and choose suppliers and products on this basis. Staff also increasingly want to be able to identify with their employer – something that is helped, among other things, by the employer’s social commitment and by it supporting its employees in performing voluntary work.
We take good corporate governance to mean that we should not lose sight of the impact our various business activities have on people and the environment, and that we should help ensure a stable and forward-looking society. Our goal is to contribute to people’s prosperity both within and outside our corporate environment. We do this by creating jobs and traineeships, through our products, and through our social commitment. Our activities in the last area comprise the initiatives given below, and the first two of these are described in more detail in this chapter.
The success of our social commitment can be measured in a number of different ways. Firstly, we are recording an increase in donations received and in the number of sponsor members for the United Internet for UNICEF foundation. Secondly, six refugees who took part in our “1&1 Together” initiative have already been given permanent positions at Group companies after completing the program. We are also receiving positive feedback from our long-term partnerships with AfB and GDW, which shows that the cooperation is working well. These partnerships allow us not only to live our social commitment but also to help the environment.
Contribution to the SDGs
End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.