At Spark, how we do business is just as important as what we do.
Toitū Sustainability at Spark is integrated into our business strategy through our commitment to the three pillars of Economic Transformation, Digital Equity, and a Sustainable Spark. These commitments sit alongside our Māori Strategy, Te Korowai Tupu, which informs how we develop strong connections with Māori and builds our understanding of Te Ao Māori.
We will continue to pursue growth that supports Aotearoa New Zealand’s economic transformation, protects our natural environments, and helps to close the digital divide.
Te Korowai Tupu (our Māori Strategy) finds the shared space between te ao Māori and the corporate world, with a focus on meaningful partnerships that increase Māori participation and progression in our sector and support the revitalisation of te reo Māori.
We have updated our Sustainability Framework to provide greater transparency and accountability.
Our three key focus areas are enduring and represent the highest materiality to both Spark and our broad range of stakeholders. Each focus area has a clear set of commitments with KPIs to track our progress, which have been mapped to the Sustainable Development Goals. We report on our progress against these KPIs annually in our Annual Report, and at our half and full year financial results announcements.
In economic transformation, we know that the biggest contributions we can make are to invest in the technologies that will help our country transform, to expand connectivity to more of the places New Zealanders live and work, and to support businesses to become more sustainable through technology.
In digital equity we want to increase the accessibility of our products and services while maintaining the highest security and privacy standards. We continue to support low-income households to participate in the digital world, and focus both Spark and Spark Foundation investment on increasing Māori and Pasifika participation in the technology sector.
And in Sustainable Spark we continue to invest in the capabilities, wellbeing, and diversity of our people, l reduce our impact on the natural environment, and operate a responsible and ethical business and supply chain.
We believe this is an ambitious roadmap that is focussed in the areas where Spark can make the most meaningful contribution to Aotearoa.
To learn more about our approach to sustainability – including how our focus areas are determined, how it is resourced, and our sustainability governance – please download a copy of Sustainability at Spark. You can also learn more about our approach to bridging the digital divide by downloading a copy of Spark’s Digital Equity Commitment.