Afrikaans Annual Financial Statements




Naspers has diverse operations, ranging from printing plants to transactional internet platforms offering entertainment or products. Each type of business has a unique effect on the environment, requiring different responses to limit these impacts.

Our gross carbon footprint (scope 1 and 2) is 185 105 (2013: 142 544) tonnes of CO2e. We measured direct (scope 1 and 2) emissions at our locations across South Africa, Poland and Nigeria. Print operations remain the largest contributor (72%) to the group’s total measured carbon emissions. Through improvement and sustainable technological innovation, Naspers strives to create solutions that minimise its impact on the environment.

Risk assessments identify operations where our direct impact on the environment is most significant.   Our most direct impact on the environment is from print media (72% of total carbon emissions).

The internet businesses inherently have a lower impact on the environment. Through some of their trading activities, they stimulate buying and selling used or recycled goods in a paperless environment, and strive to make a difference, for example Allegro’s All For Planet initiative.

We use, where possible, advanced technologies to reduce our impact on the environment.   A number of initiatives are reducing our carbon footprint and supporting our sustainability campaign. Energy-efficiency initiatives include:

movement-activated lights
energy-efficient air-conditioners
consolidating data centres
power factor correction and load balancing, and
automatic hibernation of PCs.

Waste-management initiatives include:

recycling office waste more appropriately, for example labelled waste dispensers, and
installing ewaste bins for customers and employees to safely dispose of obsolete electronic devices such as decoders, remote controls and PCs.
Our printing operations apply leading emission-reduction technology to minimise and responsibly dispose of waste.   Throughout Paarl Media, equipment is in place to collect and recycle dust particles from the printing process.  
We monitor environmental compliance standards at our facilities and participate in third-party reviews.   Irdeto operates in line with ISO 9001 and 27001, with its implementation of both standards regularly audited by an external certification body.  
We measure and report on our carbon footprint.   As disclosed above.  
Where possible, we use environmentally responsible energy sources, invest in improving energy efficiency and design energy-efficient facilities.   Paarl Media was the first African printing organisation to receive the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification. This is an independent international verification that printed products can be traced back from their point of origin to responsible, well-managed forestry, controlled and recycled sources.  

ALLEGRO: All For Planet Foundation

The All For Planet Foundation was established by Allegro in November 2008 to reach over 13m people using Allegro websites. The aim is to raise ecological awareness and promote environmentally friendly solutions, primarily through activities relating to municipal ecology within the broader sustainable development framework.

This year the foundation decided to build an ECO-Christmas tree, together with Poznań residents, from thousands of plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles destined for disposal. We promised to change things for the better, so we wanted to show that even Christmas can receive its ecological touch. According to ecological reports, this period is not only a burden to our budget, but also to the natural environment – during the festive season, worldwide approximately 50 000 trees are cut down to produce 8 000 tonnes of gift wrapping paper and 4m tonnes of shopping and gift bags are thrown away.

Typical Christmas lights with traditional bulbs use approximately 99% more energy than LED lights. Many Poznań residents wished to participate in this ECO-Christmas campaign, unique in Europe, to show that we can change things for the better.

On 14 December the lights were officially switched on, and the public was invited to take part in workshops on eco-friendly gift wrapping.

Once Christmas was over, the plastic bottles were recycled to produce eco-friendly pillows that were sold to raise money for charity.


Media24 produces mainly books, magazines and newspapers, recycling all unsold magazines and newspapers. It also uses its magazines and newspapers as platforms to educate readers about lowering their impact on the environment.

Pay television

During the year over 120 tonnes of waste was removed from MultiChoice offices in South Africa. Some 44% of this waste was recycled, reducing the MultiChoice group’s carbon footprint by an estimated 195 tonnes CO2e. Nigeria is also implementing a range of waste-management initiatives to recycle office waste.


Various recycling and energy-saving initiatives are under way at Allegro, Buscapé and our other internet companies.