Airtel Africa PLC Publication of Inaugural Sustainability Report
October 27 2022 - 04:00AM
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Airtel Africa PLC
27 October 2022
Airtel Africa plc
('Airtel Africa', or the 'Group')
Publication of Inaugural Sustainability Report
London and Lagos, 27 October 2022: Airtel Africa, a leading
provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a
presence in 14 countries across Africa, has today launched its
inaugural standalone Sustainability Report (the "report").
The report, which covers the period from 1 October 2021 to 30
September 2022, details the business' progress against the goals
outlined in the Group's sustainability strategy, launched in
October 2021. The report is prepared in accordance with the Global
Reporting Initiative (GRI) and aligns with TCFD recommendations and
the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, reflecting
international best-practice ESG reporting.
The publication of the report constitutes an important milestone
in enhancing the non-financial information transparency of the
Group. The 2022 report provides details of early progress against
the nine ambitious goals set out in the sustainability
Key sustainability highlights of the period include:
-- The Group secured 'Information Security Management System'
(ISO 27001) and 'Business Continuity Management System' (ISO 22301)
certifications in all 14 markets. It also received a top ranking in
data quality and speed indices in Nigeria, Uganda, Gabon, Rwanda
and the Seychelles.
-- Developing our landmark five-year partnership with UNICEF to
increase access to education, plans were developed for rollout of
free digital learning resources for children in the 13 markets that
are covered by the partnership. With a $57m financial and in-kind
investment, Airtel Africa is the first private sector company in
Africa to partner with UNICEF to support programmes focused on
accelerating digital learning.
-- Airtel Africa restated its commitment to the United Nations'
Global Compact. The Group CEO joined the Africa Business Leaders'
Coalition and became a signatory to its Climate statement.
-- The Group has provided accurate and verified baselines for
scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions and total energy consumption.
-- T he development of a detailed pathway to net zero for the
entire Group is well progressed, and expected to be publish ed by
the end of the 2023 financial year.
The full 2022 Sustainability Report can be downloaded from the
Group's website: www.airtel.africa
Olusegun Ogunsanya, CEO of Airtel Africa, said:
"I am delighted to present Airtel Africa's inaugural
Sustainability Report. In October 2021, we set clear and measurable
sustainability goals, and committed to invest in initiatives that
will improve the lives of people across Africa. With the
publication of annual sustainability reports, the Group will
provide updates on our progress against each of these goals.
Alongside this, we are committed to continuously improving our
non-financial disclosure, including the quality and depth of ESG
data we publish. Our objective is to provide best-practice
transparency for the benefit of all of our stakeholders, ensuring
that we are fully accountable for delivering on the important
sustainability pledges we have made, which are fully aligned to our
business purpose of transforming lives."
Further reflecting the Group's commitment to, and progress in,
sustainability, Airtel Africa secured its first
sustainability-linked loan facility in August. The $125m revolving
credit facility with Citi provides potential interest rate savings
in exchange for achieving social impact milestones relating to
digital inclusion and gender diversity, with a focus on rural areas
and women, and aligning with the Group's sustainability strategy
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About Airtel Africa
Airtel Africa is a leading provider of telecommunications and
mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries in Africa,
primarily in East Africa and Central and West Africa.
Airtel Africa offers an integrated suite of telecommunications
solutions to its subscribers, including mobile voice and data
services as well as mobile money services both nationally and
The Group aims to continue providing a simple and intuitive
customer experience through streamlined customer journeys.
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