Nokia, the World’s most sustainable tech company (Kenya’s too!!)

Nokia, the World’s most sustainable tech company (Kenya’s too!!)

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Nokia, was yesterday pronounced the 4th most sustainable company in the world in the 7th Annual rankings by Corporate Knights, a Toronto based media company. Sustainability is a blurred term to most of the world and Corporate Knights have adopted a wide range of aspects in their criteria for the rankings. These include the pay gap between the CEO and the average worker (This bit I am fascinated the most by), how the company manages energy use – or how it manages its contribution to global warming, whether it pays taxes and other factors.

Nokia's Dorothy Ooko

This is good news. I have warm feelings for Nokia, and I am inclined to concur with the ratings – but for very local reasons. There is a criteria (at least in my books) that determines sustainability of a company and that is its direct meaningful investment in people. Nokia, in Kenya at least, has had an open policy towards growing the capacity of people – especially young people – to provide them with viable skills and a platform for innovation. The big deal here is that it gives Kenyan young people a fighting chance at growing globally competitive by sharing its technology and by enabling them to build applications and put them out there. Of course there is a selfish reason – they are after all a business. But it is a successful business that cares about people that ends up making those people successful and everyone involved is sustained.

And so,

  • For supporting Mobile Monday in Kenya and around the world, elimisha_us forums and iHub fireside chats;
  • For being a part of the technology innovations community in Kenya in an open way – Dorothy Ooko (@dorothyooko on twitter – Nokia’s EA marketing guru) has generally made herself terribly available to techpreneurs and the like in Kenya;
  • For providing an equal platform for Kenyan and African young people to contribute to the global apps through the Ovi Store

This blog is happy to congratulate Nokia on being the world’s most sustainable technology company.

 

5 comments
  • Enyewe Nokia wako juu. Al Kags I wish you can get them and Ihub and others to do events out of Nairobi. Like now here in Nakuru we have no linkages to the tech community in Nairobi except for skunkworks. That support is above all most useful.

  • Congrats Nokia and thanks for the support.

  • Mawski Rothschild February 1, 2011 at 6:15 am

    The question of sustainability is an important one for the world. I'm quite sure that companies that are serious about Africa (like Nokia is) would do well. Last year when I was on Kenya, I learnt that sustainability is based on people as you say. That openness is evident in their dealings with Africa and emerging markets. This is in my view what makes Nokia top of the pile.

  • Aren't scandanavian countries most sustainable in the world? No big surprise that Nokia would win this award. The bigger question is whether the habit rubs off on those they deal with – IHub, and other companies.

  • Cheruiyot Linus Kirui November 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    As Nokia was announced the 4th most sustainable companies globally, this good news to product users and the company.Nokia in Kenya plays a major role when it comes to communication cachets as its products are of high quality and thus help the company maintain consumers and improve on their markets.

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