Priorities|Our Purpose & Goals

Strengthening our commitments

With the inherent capability to address global societal challenges, Verizon technology underpins the innovation that can lead to achievement of all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, we have determined that our technology and assets can have unique impact in addressing SDG 4: providing young people with relevant skills for good jobs and entrepreneurship and SDG 8: promoting an environmentally sustainable economy. In addition, we have set aggressive goals that align with SDG 13: climate action.

As we continue our work to address society’s big challenges, we will continue to identify additional SDGs that our technology has the potential to help achieve. We anticipate that this will lead to setting goals that focus on additional SDG targets.

As part of our strategy, we set goals that demonstrate how we are contributing to the achievement of these SDGs:

By 2021, Verizon will help provide 3 million students with the skills required to put them on the path to success in an increasingly tech-dependent job market.

By 2022, Verizon’s networks and connected solutions will save more than double the amount of global emissions that our operations create.

In late 2018, we set an additional goal that aligns with SDG 13:

By 2025, Verizon will source renewable energy equivalent to 50 percent of our total electricity usage.

Also in alignment with SDG 13, we have made progress with these existing goals:

  • By 2020, 80 percent of our assessed suppliers will be compliant with Verizon’s overall CSR standards.
  • By 2025, we will reduce water consumption by 15 percent against our 2016 baseline.
  • By 2025, we will reduce our carbon intensity (a measure of the carbon our business emits divided by the terabytes of data carried by our networks) by 50 percent against our 2016 baseline.
  • By 2030, we will plant 2 million trees in communities around the world, including 250,000 in areas impacted by the 2017 hurricane season.