The Girls’ Education Challenge –– public private partnership for positive change in Myanmar

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I am very proud of the partnership we announced today with the UK government development agency DFID – the Department for International Development – to support girls’ education in Myanmar. Continue reading

Using technology in the battle against Ebola

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When we heard a few months ago that the Ebola epidemic was worsening in West Africa and the media reported that the number of cases was doubling every three weeks, the response from my manager, Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, was: “We have to do something. We can’t let this go!” Continue reading

Are the tables finally turning? UN Climate Week

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According to the UN, an unprecedented number of world leaders attended the UN Climate Summit, including 100 heads of state and government. They were joined by more than 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society. Continue reading

Addressing the Ebola Crisis

Mobile phones can empower health workers who are fighting the current outbreak of Ebola. Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson, talks about how Ericsson is working in the Ebola crisis by supporting community health workers. Continue reading

Humanitarian response in the digital age – using Technology for Good

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Ericsson is a leader in the ICT sector and active in 180 markets around the world. But being a leader also means taking responsibility. We understand the power of mobility, broadband and cloud solutions and what they can enable in society – but how can these help in humanitarian response? Continue reading

Five Failures that Helped Bring a Quarter Of A Million Refugees Onto Refunite.org

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REFUNITE, an online family reconnection platform, is a clear example of how Ericsson uses technology as a force for good. Ericsson provides REFUNITE with technical expertise and engages with mobile network operators and employees for on-the-ground support. By the end of September 2014, more than 350,000 forcibly displaced people had register on the family reconnection platform. Today in New York at the Clinton Global Initiative, chaired by President Clinton, Ericsson President & CEO Hans Vestberg will join Christopher and David Mikkelsen, co-founders of REFUNITE to talk about how failure can be essential to innovation. Here’s a sneak preview, written by Christopher and David Mikkelsen: Continue reading

Why girls matter to the ICT industry

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This Saturday I attended the UN Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Broadband and Gender in New York. You might wonder how this fits into the Ericsson strategy of growing our business in targeted and new areas. Well, to answer that question with a couple of words, I would say “competence pipeline.”
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The role of the private sector in addressing sustainable development challenges

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At Ericsson, we have been a leading voice from the private sector for many years on the power of public-private partnerships in advocating for a more sustainable future. Partnerships take many shapes but fill critical roles in driving sustainability advocacy. Continue reading

Society is the new dimension for growth

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In my previous post, I discussed the rise of the Millennial Generation as a driver for change: a change towards positive impacts and societal development. Millennials believe that corporations should create economic value for society and shareholders simultaneously. They’re more likely to purchase from a company that supports a social cause they care about because they think more highly of them. Millennials are also willing to show their leadership skills. They fully embrace the movement for redefining capitalism, initiated by leading thinkers and economists all over the world. Continue reading

High expectations for better mobile communications in Myanmar

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For the past three months I’ve been based in Yangon, Myanmar where Ericsson is working with operators to bring connectivity to the country. This assignment has been a great opportunity to meet firsthand the challenges of working in the field but above all, it has provided me with the amazing pleasure of truly understanding, and foreseeing, the potential positive impact Ericsson and the ICT industry could have on Myanmar’s society. Continue reading