Zong has released its Sustainability Report 2021, which highlights the company’s digital and social interventions in key sectors such as health, education, the environment, civic responsibility, and women’s inclusion.
One of the report’s main highlights is the use of plantable seed paper, which is a biodegradable eco-paper made from post-consumer and post-industrial paper waste embedded with seeds. What’s more, the report is printed on recyclable paper, ensuring a clean and green Pakistan.
According to the report, 2021 was both an exemplary year for the country’s sustainability efforts and a challenging one, as the country experienced several peaks of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, Zong maintained its position as the digital and sustainability leader, making significant contributions across these critical sectors.
Zong had a significant impact on e-health, reaching 125,500 people in total. Some of Zong’s efforts on this front include yoga and fitness workshops for special children, collaboration with Sehat Kahani to provide free e-consultations during the Covid-19 pandemic, digital anti-tobacco and Covid awareness sessions by SKMC, and breast cancer awareness.
Zong’s eEducation efforts reached approximately 22,250 people in 2021. Zong established Digital Labs at Pak-China Friendship School in Gwadar, Maulvi Abdul Haq School in Karachi, The Star School in Okara, and other locations as part of these efforts. Zong volunteers also continued to offer assistance.
Zong’s environmental initiatives aided 10,000 people in total. These efforts included a tree-planting initiative in Karachi in collaboration with HANDS, a ration distribution drive in Karachi, assistance to law enforcement in the fight against covid-19, and the employee volunteer programme ‘A New Hope.’
Zong made commendable efforts to reach 101,200 beneficiaries by 2021 and is constantly working to improve the social and financial status of the marginalised community.
Gender & Social Inclusion
Zong made commendable efforts to increase inclusivity within its organisation by expanding its talent pool for women, with over 400 Chinese and Pakistani women at various levels from various races, religions, demographics, and cultures.
Furthermore, Zong’s Sustainability Report highlights efforts to maintain the health and well-being of its employees by ensuring workplace safety, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wang Hua, Chairman & CEO Zong, stated in his message, “Connectivity has the power to drive societal change.” This powerful statement is critical to the formation of a Digital Pakistan.”
“Our strong commitment to gender and social inclusion is consistent with Pakistan’s agenda of inclusivity and diversity, and we are committed to ensuring that the voices that represent the full spectrum of talent have equitable access to services,” he added.
The report also highlights the steps Zong has taken as a responsible employer to implement its anti-corruption policies and code of conduct throughout its organisation.
It also mentions Zong’s winning of the ‘Overseas Social Responsibility’ award in the International Image Construction of Chinese Enterprises in 2021 for its Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
The full Zong Sustainability Report 2021 can be found below: