March 1, 2024


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Vodacom Congo Commits to mitigate climate risk under its Pillar the Planet

A Vodacom logo sits on display outside the Vodacom World mall, operated by Vodacom Group Ltd., in the Midrand district of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Vodacom, which is 65 percent owned by Newbury, England-based Vodafone and the South African market leader by subscriber numbers, is expanding its internet offering to offset falling voice revenue. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

On 21 and 22 March, the world celebrates World Water Day and World Forest Day, respectively, to raise awareness about the challenges we face in the face of climate change.

The Congo Basin is one of the world’s most carbon-absorbing regions, with the greatest biodiversity and the second-largest river in Africa. It is the world’s second- largest forest, absorbing nearly 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 yearly.

Vodacom DRC joins the world today not only in reaffirming that business success should not come at the expense of the environment but also in joining the momentum to act now to reduce the impact of climate change and forest devastation.

Indeed, the Congolese company, which has among its primary objectives the protection of the planet, recognizes the risks that climate change poses to businesses, governments and communities. It, therefore, aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2025 by implementing a roadmap to minimize waste and water consumption in all its operations.

The DRC is recognized as the ‘solution country’ due to its large forest and water reserves. It has the greatest biodiversity in its large river basin. As a digital company, Vodacom Congo is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and supporting biodiversity management, soil protection, and farmers.

For example, in November 2022, Vodacom Congo, through its Group, was the leading telecom partner of the COP-27 held in Sharm el-Sheikh. As a sponsor of the event, COP-27 devoted a day to agriculture and food systems in light of the increased concerns in 2022.

Vodacom CEO Khalil Al Americani confirmed that the urgency of climate change is apparent and requires immediate and sustained action. Technology makes creating an inclusive digital society possible through innovations to protect and preserve our forests.

One tree at a time, everything becomes possible.

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