Happy first anniversary to Connect to Learn Sri Lanka!

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Exactly one year ago to the day – on the International Day of the Girl Child – Ericsson Sri Lanka announced the launch of the Connect to Learn initiative in Colombo, in collaboration with the Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel and the Commonwealth of Learning. The program aimed to empower teenage girls from farming communities across Sri Lanka through education in ICT, with the initial launch in the cities of Kandy and Polonnaruwa. Continue reading

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

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I recently returned from New York, where the UN General Assembly passed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the week, we met with every stakeholder group, including UN agencies, governments, NGOs, customers, investors, analysts and media and the Global Goals were on of the agenda.

As a company, we have also engaged broadly when it comes to our own employees, and the importance of these Global Goals – ranging from our Executive Leadership Team, who all became ambassadors for the Goals, to all of our 115,000 employees, who are being encouraged to become Global Citizens and take action on the Goals they care about most. Continue reading

Urban hackday creates tech solutions to social challenges in cities

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On September 25 and 26, UN-Habitat, Ericsson, and Nairobi’s Strathmore University arranged an “urban hackday” at Strathmore University in Nairobi. Youth from around Kenya – together with mentors from local government and technology companies – gathered at Strathmore University’s @iBizAfrica business incubator to develop technological solutions that can used to improve city life. Participants explored solutions to challenges faced by cities around the world in four main areas: local economy, city planning, urban basic services and local governance. Continue reading

Reflections on the UN Sustainable Development Summit

Elaine Weidman Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson, reflects in a new video on UN Week, the #TellEveryone campaign and the passing of the Global Goals by the United Nations General Assembly.

“For us, at Ericsson, that means making sure than information and communication technology is at the heart of all the goals, and helping to enable, or even accelerate, the achievement of all the goals.”

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Reflecting on 15 years of global humanitarian response

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This year we are celebrating 15 years of Ericsson Response. When I sit down and really think about all we have done in those 15 years, I swell with pride over how much we have been able to support people in the direst of circumstances.

Just this year alone, we have been involved with humanitarian emergencies in South Sudan, Iraq, Vanuatu, Nepal and the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Although things are wrapping up in Nepal and West Africa, we are preparing for situations in places like Yemen as well as with the flow of refugees into Europe from many places around the world. While we hope these situations will ease for those who are suffering, we know that we need to be prepared to move quickly. Continue reading

The Global Goals: Better Business

Ericsson executives support the UN Global Goals
“Embedding the Global Goals in business strategy will make companies better.”
– Hans Vestberg

On Friday, our CEO Hans Vestberg and I joined the conversation on sustainable development with global leaders and executives at the SDG Business Forum, held in conjunction with the UN Sustainable Development Summit. The event brought together executives, world leaders, heads of UN agencies, experts and more to celebrate the adoption of the SDGs and to discuss how business will continue to be an effective partner and contribute business solutions to the implementation of the new UN development framework. Continue reading



I’m in New York this week in conjunction with the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. The Summit, which begins today, is the point in time when 193 world leaders will adopt the Global Goals, a series of 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.
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Smart cities in focus at New York Climate Week Industry and Technology Forum


Traffic is bad. New York City traffic is worse. New York City traffic during UN Week, hours before the Pope is set to arrive…well I believe the term is “fughetaboutit”. Yes, the commute to the First Annual New York Climate Week Industry and Technology Forum was challenging and somewhat ironic. Ironic because solving problems with traffic was one of the solutions presented during a session titled: How ICT Can Advance Multi-Sector Solutions to Decouple Economic Growth From Carbon Emissions. Continue reading

Working to protect children’s rights in a connected world


Connecting to the internet can make a huge impact on the life of a child, whether through expanded access to education or being treated by a doctor in another city or making friends halfway around the world.

Yet children and young people are also especially vulnerable if they do not have the understanding and capacity to protect themselves, for example, when using social media, which can be used to facilitate grooming and sexual abuse. Businesses in general have not adequately considered children’s rights, with their incorporation into corporate due diligence processes most often limited to child labor. Continue reading

Looking to youth to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality


It isn’t often that my morning starts with a speech from a President. And by often I mean never. So when Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize winner, kicked off the 2015 International Conference on Sustainable Development (IC-SD) at Columbia University in New York City with a moving keynote, I knew my day was going to be anything but typical. Continue reading