The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the global sustainable development agenda until 2030. Sonova is already a signatory of the UN Global Compact and is also supporting the achievement of the 17 goals.
Through the four commitments defined in Sonovas corporate sustainability program, we make essential contributions to the SDGs 3 (good health and wellbeing) and 4 (quality education). We conduct business in a responsible way and therewith also positively influence the SDGs 5, 8 and 9. We have limited and more indirect impact on the goals 6, 7, 12, 13, 16 and 17.
The graph below gives an overview of our contribution.
The third development goal specifically focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for people of all ages and is well aligned with our vision: a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and lives a life without limitations.
To expand access to hearing care, we offer the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolio and support education of local specialists, in particular in emerging markets. We also support people with hearing loss and limited access to hearing care through the Hear the World Foundation: The foundation focuses particularly on projects for children with hearing loss, enabling them to develop at their fullest potential. The non-profit foundation supports projects worldwide through funding, hearing technology and professional expertise and also gets involved in hearing loss prevention.
The fourth development goal is about ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. Sonova’s portfolio includes a suite of innovative and easy-to-use products especially designed for children. Children with untreated hearing loss face severe consequences as the development of speech and language is fundamentally dependent on the sense of hearing. Thus they have only limited chances to receive an education and develop at an appropriate rate for their age.
The Hear the World Foundation mainly concentrates on children in low-income countries, supporting them with hearing technology that enables them to develop speech and participate in school.