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Vodacom Group named Global Alliance Member of The Earthshot Prize

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Vodacom Group has been named a Global Alliance Member of the Earthshot Prize. The Earthshot Prize has been designed to discover and scale the best solutions to repair our planet over the next 10 years. Vodacom is one of the 14 companies and brands that will come together to support and scale the innovative and ground-breaking solutions developed by the soon-to-be-announced fifteen Earthshot Prize Finalists. 

Its Global Alliance is made up of some of the world’s most influential companies that will make up the first Earthshot Prize and includes: Arup, Bloomberg L.P., Deloitte, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hitachi, Ingka Group (IKEA), Microsoft, The Multichoice Group, Natura &Co, Safaricom, Salesforce, Unilever and Walmart.

Global Alliance Members may also support the search for the best environmental innovations by becoming Prize nominators and help to grow the impact of the Prize through strategic advice and amplification of its work. Together, the Global Alliance Members will further the aims of the Prize through their strategic funding, expertise and global reach.

“At Vodacom, we firmly believe that business success should never come at a cost to the environment, which is why we have committed to halving our environmental impact by 2025,” said Shameel Joosub, Group CEO of Vodacom. “We are incredibly excited to be supporting this prestigious initiative designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years.

“Connecting for a better future is the purpose that drives us, so we’re looking forward to the innovative solutions that will help conserve the planet for generations to come.”
Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon, The Earthshot Prize aims to stimulate collective action while demonstrating there is reason for optimism in humanity’s ability to solve this important problem.

 The Prize is based on five Earthshot goals:

  1. Protect and restore nature
  2. Clean our air
  3. Revive our oceans
  4. Build a waste-free world
  5. Fix our climate.

Each year for the next 10 years, five winners will be named - one for each Earthshot goal.

The 15 Earthshot Prize finalists will be selected for their solutions representing a range of initiatives which, if scaled, could transform our ability to tackle the world’s greatest environmental challenges.

The launch comes after two years of work by Prince William and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to develop a project which will support the global effort to protect and restore the environment. 

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