Vodafone engages with regulators and governments on a wide range of issues directly relevant to our company and industry, as well as issues of broad public interest. We aim to be direct and transparent about our views, basing our opinions on evidence. All engagement with governments and regulators is subject to our Group Public Policy Principles.
We seek to inform policymakers – including legislators, government officials and regulators – about the nature of our business, the telecommunications industry and the business environment generally. Vodafone develops policy positions that explain the outcomes the company seeks from the public policy process and how we believe policy makers should approach issues.
Many of our written submissions are made public by the government organisation to which they are submitted. Vodafone believes in transparency in government relations and will provide copies of any formal submissions in the public domain to regulators and governments on request. The views expressed in this Sustainability Report are consistent with the views presented by Vodafone to governments.
We work with key industry trade associations on public policy issues. For example, Vodafone is a member of the GSM Association, GSMA Europe and the International Telecommunication Union. Vodafone is also commonly a member of national telecommunications industry associations in the countries where we operate (where these associations exist).
It is Vodafone’s policy not to make political donations or support particular party political interests.
We engage with regulators on general industry issues and sustainability-related issues such as privacy and climate change.
See our public policy website for position papers, policy papers and our responses to government consultations on specific issues.