Governance

The Group Executive Committee (ExCo) is responsible for our sustainability performance and receives a formal update on sustainability at least once a year as well as a monthly written update. A report is also made annually to the Vodafone Group Plc Board.

The Group Director of Sustainability and Vodafone Foundation reports to the Group External Affairs Director (an ExCo member) and heads a team of experts who act as trusted advisors to our local market sustainability leads and issue owners, who implement sustainability initiatives across the business.

Vodafone Group Plc Board

Annual reporting

Responsible for:

  • Ultimate supervision of Vodafone’s sustainability performance

Chief Executive & Executive Committee (ExCo)

Group Director of Sustainability and Vodafone Foundation reports to Group External Affairs Director (ExCo member responsible for sustainability)

Responsible for:

  • Sustainability policy
  • Discussing sustainability issues
  • Vodafone’s sustainability performance

Group Sustainability team

works closely with

Local operating companies

Group operational functions

Responsible for:

  • Formulating sustainability strategy, policies and goals
  • Maintaining sustainability performance across the Group
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Raising awareness among employees
  • Sustainability reporting
  • Helping management to ensure that sustainability standards are consistent across the Group

Managing sustainability across the Group

We have an established framework for implementing our sustainability programme across the Group through a network of issue owners within different functions and dedicated teams in each market. The Chief Executives of individual operating companies have overall responsibility for their sustainability performance and the Group Director of Sustainability and Vodafone Foundation regularly meets members of their executive teams. Quarterly formal meetings are also held with our regional CEOs and Directors of key Group functions.

Our Group Sustainability team focuses on:

  • Compliance – issues management and data collection to ensure we operate responsibly and comply with external regulations and internal policies
  • Commercial opportunities – to leverage the sustainability credentials of our business and our products and services as a commercial differentiator
  • Communications – researching and improving understanding of the role of communications technology in the societies and communities in which we operate, and in addressing global trends.

Our local operating companies align their strategy to the Group but have the flexibility to focus on issues that are important to their local stakeholders. The Group Sustainability team runs monthly teleconferences and annual global workshops for sustainability managers and issue owners from our local markets to align with the Group Sustainability strategy, share best practice, ensure consistency across the business and drive progress towards our vision.

We report progress publicly in our Group and our local markets’ sustainability reports. Our performance at Group level is independently assured (see Assurance).