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Working together

Because a better world concerns us all

It is important that we work together to build a prosperous and sustainable future. That’s why KPN wants to connect with a wide variety of organizations, governments and other businesses. In the Netherlands and beyond.

International objectives

In 2010, KPN affiliated itself to the Global Compact, the United Nations sustainability platform. This enables us to make a contribution to the UN’s international Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. We’ve signed the ten principles of the Global Compact, which commits us to respecting human rights, providing good working conditions, protecting the environment and combating corruption. In addition, KPN holds itself and its suppliers to the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Curbing energy consumption

Technology offers challenges and opportunities for sustainability. Together with ICT companies across the world, KPN is working to curb energy consumption by mobilizing technological innovation for sustainable solutions. For example, KPN is a member of ITU, the United Nations agency that deals with ICT.

At a European level, telecom companies such as KPN have combined forces in ETNO. One of the themes that this organization focuses on is reducing the impact that telecom providers have on our environment.

In the Netherlands, KPN is a partner of NLdigital. NLdigital is the national industry association of the ICT sector. Sustainability is one of the six main themes of this association.

KPN has signed the Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment. Through this code, we commit to reducing energy consumption by telecom equipment and in data centers.


Intelligent traffic signals, apps for avoiding congestion, autonomous vehicles and flexible remote working. KPN’s networks and technology are helping to save energy and fuel every single day.

In the Netherlands, we’re a member of the Taskforce Mobiliteitsmanagement (Mobility Management Taskforce). This way, we’re actively participating in the corresponding Beter Benutten (Better Utilities) platform. This is a collaboration between the government, knowledge institutions, large companies and start-ups to improve the accessibility of the Netherlands with innovative measures.

Check out beterbenutten.nl

We’re also contributing to this theme internationally, including via Connekt: an independent network of more than 200 influential parties that are seeking tangible solutions for smart, sustainable and social mobility.

Go to connekt.nl

Responsible procurement

By working together with suppliers, industry associates and large organizations, we can stimulate others to work sustainably. KPN, together with 16 other major Dutch organizations, has signed the Manifesto for Socially Responsible Procurement and Business Operations. Our aim is to show suppliers that sustainable procurement is becoming the standard.

KPN is a member of the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC). This is a global association of ten telecom companies with the aim of auditing key ICT suppliers. With these checks, the telecom companies can ensure that all the big players in the chain are committed to socially responsible entrepreneurship. JAC is currently auditing 64 large suppliers in China, Taiwan, India, Japan, South Korea, Eastern Europe and South America.

Joint Audit Cooperation

KPN is affiliated to Betaalme.nu. This is a private sector initiative to facilitate easier access to liquidity for SMEs. The goal is to ensure that SME sector suppliers are paid faster, in order to free-up the capital that is trapped in outstanding invoices.

Read more about suppliers.


Rankings and awards

Recognition at home and abroad