Focusing on sustainability

At our core we strive to have a lasting positive impact on people's lives around the world - empowering people and enriching their communities long term. This has always been a fundamental part of who we are and what we do and we continue to evolve and strengthen the way we live up to our commitment to sustainability.

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Our key areas

We have identified these key sustainability themes for the group to focus on in the next three years.

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Our commitment

We are a responsible business committed to creating sustainable value for all our stakeholders. We take our responsibility seriously and are fully committed to identifying and focusing on our goals under our board-approved group sustainability plan.

We recognise the importance of the six capitals and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), which address global challenges and aim to achieve a sustainable future for all.

Our framework

Every year we review our sustainability as part of our strategic planning. In the past two years we have progressively stepped up our planning in terms of sustainability and we are looking to continue with this in the years ahead.

This builds on our long-term commitment as a group and also the different initiatives already under way across our diverse range of companies.

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Stepping up our sustainability focus

2019

In 2019, we began a programme of gap analysis:

  • We researched and analysed the most prominent environment, social and governance (ESG) requests received by the group, as well as publicly available sustainability information of other peer and non-peer companies.
  • We conducted interviews with key group stakeholders in the various group functions.
  • We engaged with the in-scope businesses in a number of ways, including face-to-face and online workshops.
2020

In 2020, we identified key sustainability themes for the group to focus on in the next three years and what we need to do to develop detailed action plans. Identified topics cover employee, customer, societal and environmental themes.

Next steps

As we move forward we intend to articulate and prioritise our group approach and strategy on topics that cut across the group and others that are more business specific.

The next step is to more clearly define our sustainability objectives, including formulating business-specific strategy and actions. This will enable us to translate key themes into goals and key performance indicators in the business plan, and to track, monitor and report on progress made over time.

Our aim is to ensure our sustainability initiatives are incorporated into strategy, business plans and day-to-day decisionmaking, and to develop appropriate reporting.

We will focus on the material issues and SDGs on which we can have the biggest positive impact.

Our ongoing journey

We will continue to:

  • Align with the most appropriate reporting frameworks.
  • Engage with investors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.
  • Analyse the overlap between ESG reporting requirements and other reporting frameworks.
  • Refine and evolve our sustainability approach through research, education and engagement.
  • Report progress to our committees and board, and also in our integrated annual reports.
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Our alignment to the SDGs

As we continue to refine and evolve our sustainability strategy, we are working to identify and focus on the SDGs where we can make the biggest positive difference.

As a global consumer internet group and technology investor, the group contributes to the UN SDGs on multiple levels and with different intensities. Prosus contributes to the SDGs on a group level through its strategy, its groupwide policies and its inherent investment activities. This results in a core focus on three main SDGs. Moreover, Prosus also contributes to the UN SDGs through the strategies and the initiatives sustained by many of its businesses worldwide.

See more information on our contribution to these goals at both a group level and business level in our integrated annual report. Please refer to the SDG contribution index for specific references.

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3: Good health and wellbeing

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3. Good health and wellbeing

Through our employee value proposition and employment practices worldwide, we actively promote and encourage the wellbeing of our employees by implementing health insurance coverage programs in our businesses locally. Through our various businesses, we also contribute to improving health and wellbeing of our delivery partners and communities.

Contribution at business level

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4: Quality education

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4. Quality education

By developing and investing in online educational platforms, we enhance access to education by allowing the right skills to reach anyone in the world with an internet connection, no matter the age, gender, country etc. We also allow technical and technological skills that are growing in importance in today's employment market to reach larger audiences.

Contribution at business level

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Gender equality

5: Gender equality

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Gender equality

5. Gender equality

Prosus strives to contribute to global gender equality and inclusiveness through its employment practices by creating a diverse and inclusive working culture.

Contribution at group level

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8: Decent work and economic growth

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8. Decent work and economic growth

By investing in innovative businesses all over the world and actively promoting entrepreneurship, skills development, access to financial services, Prosus is contributing to provide decent work and economic growth worldwide.

Contribution at group level

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industry

9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

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9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Prosus supports businesses that develop financial and trade infrastructure worldwide. By investing in payments businesses and online marketplaces, Prosus contributes to the development of infrastructures and innovation in development of countries.

Contribution at group level

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12: Responsible consumption and production

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12. Responsible consumption and production

We actively contribute to more sustainable consumption practices by promoting products' circular journey and sustainable options but also by initiating waste management and waste reduction strategies in our businesses.

Contribution at business level

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Climate

13: Climate action

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Climate

13. Climate action

We recognise the increasing climate risks and strive to minimise our impact on the environment and play our part in addressing climate change. In order to understand our carbon footprint and how to better reduce it, we currently measure our scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Across the group we have various initiatives underway to minimise our environmental impact.

Contribution at business level

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17: Partnerships and goals

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17. Partnerships and goals

In addition to our own initiatives, we support many organisations and partner at a local level to support the community around our businesses. Our partnerships focus on education, employment, safety and awareness, financial inclusion, hunger, etc.

Contribution at business level

Quick reference guide for priority UN SDGs

Goal

Reference annual report

Contribution at group level

5: Gender equality
Reference annual report

Sustainability overview:

  • Our people – Focusing on gender diversity
8: Decent work and economic growth
Reference annual report

Group overview:

  • Our business model
Reference annual report

Performance review:

  • Introduction
9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Reference annual report

Group overview:

  • Our business model
Reference annual report

Performance review:

  • Classifieds
  • Payments
  • Food Delivery

Contribution at business level

3: Good health and wellbeing
Reference annual report

Performance review:

  • Food Delivery (iFood) – Improving driver safety; Promoting wellbeing; and Helping drivers learn and prosper
  • Etail (eMAG) – Promoting employee wellbeing
Reference annual report

Sustainability review:

  • Our people – Focusing on health, safety and wellbeing; and Taking the lead (Swiggy on welfare and training of delivery partners)
4: Quality education
Reference annual report

Performance review:

  • Food Delivery (iFood) – Helping drivers learn and prosper
  • Etail (eMAG) – Enhancing learning and development; and Encouraging educational excellence
  • Ventures – Focusing on education
12: Responsible consumption & production
Reference annual report

Performance review:

  • Classifieds – Championing conscious consumption
  • Food Delivery (iFood) – Environmental initiatives
  • Etail (eMAG) – Managing waste
Reference annual report

Sustainability review:

  • The environment
13: Climate action
Reference annual report

Performance review:

  • Classifieds – Championing conscious consumption
  • Food Delivery (Swiggy) – Green cloud kitchens
  • Etail (eMAG) – Reducing carbon emissions
  • Ventures (Dott, Quick Ride) – Going green with Dott; and Focusing on India
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Sustainability review:

  • The environment
17: Partnerships for goals
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Performance review:

  • Classifieds – Investing in communities; and Making the most of sustainability
  • Payments and Fintech – Acquiring Wibmo; and Contributing to communities
  • Food Delivery – Training drivers in first aid; and Tackling hunger
Reference annual report

Sustainability review:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning – Looking ahead
  • Our people – Focusing on gender diversity

Our disclosures

We report against recognised reporting frameworks. The following is our response to the EU Reporting Directive.

To view our disclosures please download the following documents:

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Corporate Governance

We are committed to operating responsibly throughout the group. Our commitment starts at the top with our board. We reinforce it through our tried-and-tested strategy, our groupwide culture and the guiding principles and policies we share with our different businesses. We bring it to life across a number of key areas.

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