ICTs are cross-cutting enablers of development and therefore play a critical role for the achievement of the SDGs. This session will showcase how ICTs can contribute to SDGs 4, 10 and 17, in particular.
ICT has revolutionized the private sector activities that benefit the poor and through core business activities utilizing ICT, we have witnessed concrete improvements in people’s livelihood. The session will discuss the role of ICT sector in increasing the living standards of people through inclusive business models with a focus on the Life is Simple with Internet project initiated by Türk Telekom, the largest integrated telecommunications company in Turkey is contributing to SDG 4, and 10.
The Life is Simple with Internet project targeted people aged 35 and over within 52 of Turkey’s most underdeveloped cities, specifically focusing on women. The project introduced the online world to more than 24,000, raising awareness about basic internet use, internet security, online banking, social networks, blogs, internet communication tools, online shopping, e-government and other online services. As the project progressed, the target audience was diversified to include prisoners on probation, civic associations and people with hearing impairments. The inclusive business initiative had demonstrated the following notable success positively impacting the lives of rural under-served citizens as well as having transformative effect on the company’s CSR department and its business model.
Since becoming a BCtA member in 2013, Türk Telekom’s CSR projects have changed from philanthropic initiatives to a more comprehensive, inclusive business strategy. In line with this approach, the company has focused on providing ICT accessibility for all.
The session will host key figures from business, government, academia and international organizations who will explore how integrating inclusive business approach into ITC companies’ core business could provide greater sustainability in the long run for both the companies and its customers.