Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 Launch

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Head of Ericsson Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, discusses the launch of the 2014 report. Continue reading

Who are the unbanked and how can we reach them?

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Editor’s note: Today we are happy to feature a post from Rajiv Bhatia, which originally appeared on Ericsson’s Call to Change blog. Rajiv is the Head of Mobile Commerce Sales for Ericsson for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with a focus on growing mobile money business in developing markets:

The World Bank’s CGAP puts the number of unbanked people in the world – those without access to formal financial services – at around 2.5 billion of the current global population – estimated at just over 7 billion people. Many people in developing countries, and especially in rural areas, live a significant distance from the nearest bank. Economies outside of government regulation, taxation or observation currently account for over half of global employment and as much as 90 percent of employment in poorer developing countries. There is a dual opportunity here, first to uplift the lives of these 2.5 billion people by providing them access to formal financial services and secondly to convert this informal economy as a formal contributor of uplifting GDP in many countries. Continue reading

The next 15 years are critical for both the global economy and our climate

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“The New Climate Economy report refutes the idea that we must choose between fighting climate change or growing the world’s economy. That is a false dilemma.”

The quote above is from the former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, and can be found in a new report called The New Climate Economy. Recently the Swedish government invited different stakeholders to a meeting about the report, together with two government ministers – Åsa Romson, Minister for Climate and the Environment, and Kristina Persson, Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation. Continue reading

From day one, #teachersmatter

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I am so excited to celebrate #TeachersMatter today with a social media “thunderclap” in support of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. As a Technology for Good volunteer to-be here in Mexico, I will soon be participating in 21st-century education – perhaps in the front of a classroom – and helping to shape the next generation. Continue reading

Talking about challenges and opportunities for women in ICT on International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of the women in the past, present and in the future. And for me, it is a time to reflect on progress made.

I remember how my parents educated my brother and I in Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s. We always had the same rights, and they let us choose what sports to practice and which university to study at. For example I took both ballet and judo classes, considered by some people a sport for men. I didn’t take my tennis class with girls; I had it with my brother and have competed since I was young against both men and women. Continue reading

A Technology for Good roundup for Mobile World Congress 2015

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As always, Mobile World Congress is a whirlwind. But Ericsson had a record number of visitors this year, over 5,000 and I do believe that we are making an impact as change-makers in the Networked Society. I have to admit, sometimes I prefer to be “on the ground,” working IRL with the implementation of our projects, like my recent visit to South Sudan, but MWC always provides unprecedented networking opportunities, and it is THE place in the mobile space to get updated on the latest, greatest, and greenest, happenings in the industry. Continue reading

Energy in focus at Mobile World Congress

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Sustainability was in focus at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, supporting Ericsson’s theme of Enabling Changemakers in the Networked Society. A few highlights from our Technology for Good activities included the following, with a focus on energy and fuel cells. I’ll be writing about the rest of the event tomorrow: Continue reading

Shaping the future of humanitarian response at Mobile World Congress

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This is my first Mobile World Congress, and I never imagined the scale of this event – it’s like nothing I have ever attended before! It makes you realize the reach of the telecommunications industry and how every segment of society relies on connectivity. The first two days have been both busy and eventful. Particularly eventful from the perspective of Ericsson Response as there have been interesting announcements and workshops that will shape the future of humanitarian response. Continue reading

Coca-Cola and Ericsson join in cross-industry partnership to empower rural communities

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What do you think the Coca-Cola Company and Ericsson could have in common? The first one is the world’s largest beverage company and the second one is the world leader in mobile communications and ICT. The answer is a common quest to invent sustainable solutions that positively impact rural communities’ well-being. Continue reading

Revisiting youth peacemakers in South Sudan

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I recently visited our Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN) project in Torit, South Sudan. This is a project run by the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI), which aims to bring together youth from different communities and tribes to be pioneers in peace-building and agents of positive change. Ericsson and Zain provide the ICT tools, training and connectivity. Continue reading