Corporate Responsibility at Sonova

Sonova and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Thanks to her hearing aids Ruzanna is able to follow class without limitations
    “Good health and wellbeing“ is one of 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) defined by the UN. Sonova is contributing to this and other SDGs by providing access to hearing care not only in industrial but also in developing countries. A short film produced in collaboration with Reuters explains Sonovas multifaceted engagement.
  • Sonova’s training center offers practitioners hands-on experience
    There is no comprehensive, practical training available to produce qualified hearing care professionals in China. Sonova’s new training center – the Global Hearing Institute, in Suzhou – bridges this gap with advanced courses, and the company is also keen to communicate a new, customer-focused approach in its audiology courses.
  • Sonova employees volunteer as helpers for the Hear the World Foundation.
    When Crystal Variava first set foot in Rangammal School in the southern Indian city of Tiruvanamalai, she was astonished: 200 children were sitting in the bright classrooms of the spacious building and lessons were in full swing; but there was hardly a sound to be heard.
  • Edgar is getting his first hearing aids – a big day for the little fellow!
    The Hear the World Foundation, a Sonova Group initiative, has established a comprehensive aid project in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, that is vital to healthcare provision in the country as a whole.
  • Help from Sonova’s Hear the World Foundation: hearing for the first time
    Finally hearing: the dream came true for three disadvantaged children in Panama as their cochlear implants were successfully activated in February 2017. They were the first to be fitted with implants in Hear the World Foundation’s more than ten years of existence – not least thanks to volunteer work undertaken by Sonova staff.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the global sustainable development agenda until 2030. Sonova is already a signatory of the UN Global Compact and is now also supporting the achievement of the 17 goals.

Through the four commitments defined in Sonovas corporate sustainability program, we make essential contributions to the SDGs 3 (good health and wellbeing) and 4 (quality education). We conduct business in a responsible way and therewith also positively influence the SDGs 5, 8 and 9. We have limited and more indirect impact on the goals 6, 7, 12, 13, 16 and 17.
The graph below gives an overview of our contribution.

Sonovas contribution to the United Nations Development Goals


Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

SDG icon goal 3The third development goal specifically focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for people of all ages and is well aligned with our vision: a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and lives a life without limitations.
To expand access to hearing care, we offer the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolio and support education of local specialists, in particular in emerging markets. We also support people with hearing loss and limited access to hearing care through our Hear the World Foundation: The foundation focuses particularly on projects for children with hearing loss, enabling them to develop at their fullest potential. The non-profit foundation supports projects worldwide through funding, hearing technology and professional expertise and also gets involved in hearing loss prevention.

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Goal 4: Quality Education                             

SDG icon goal 4The fourth development goal is about ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. Sonova’s portfolio includes a suite of innovative and easy-to-use products especially designed for children. Children with untreated hearing loss face severe consequences as the development of speech and language is fundamentally dependent on the sense of hearing. Thus they have only limited chances to receive an education and develop at an appropriate rate for their age.

The Hear the World Foundation mainly concentrates on children in low-income countries, supporting them with hearing technology that enables them to develop speech and participate in school.