Scandinavian businesses respond with innovation and effort to humanitarian needs

Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of Corporate Programmes for OCHA Ericsson Technology for Good

This week I had the pleasure to co-host the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Scandinavian Business Consultation on behalf of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a long time Ericsson partner, as you can see in this video from last year. Continue reading

Connecting girls around the world to learn through ICT

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Some 65 million girls around the world do not have an opportunity to learn. There are many reasons why their access to education is limited, including limited access to teachers, schools and learning resources. However, we know that educated girls and women are healthier, have the skills to make choices over their own future and can lift themselves, their communities and their countries out of poverty. Continue reading

Earth Hour – can one hour inspire global action on climate change?

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Earth Hour 2015 took place on Saturday, March 28, between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time around the world. The tagline for the global campaign was “Change Climate Change,” returning to the movement’s original focus to initiate citizen action on global warming. A day before the event, over 170 countries and territories had confirmed their participation; with more than 1,200 landmarks and close to 40 UNESCO world heritage sites switching off their lights.

At Ericsson, employees all over the world participated, showing their commitment to the world’s largest awareness campaign on climate change.

But what happens after the hour has ended – anything? Continue reading

Why ICT is one of the best ways to combat poverty in Asia

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Editor’s note: Today we are happy to feature a guest post from Sam Saba, President, Ericsson, South East Asia & Oceania, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015 in Jakarta on April 19-21.

When it comes to speed of adoption, nothing quite compares to how quickly Southeast Asian countries’ mobile penetration rose in the last five years. The most competitive economies in Southeast Asia (according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015) – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines – are the same countries where mobile subscription penetration is greater than 100 percent. Our analysis shows that these same countries have the highest rates of smartphone adoption, with Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand already exceeding 50 percent as of 2014, and with the other countries poised to reach 50 percent smartphone adoption by 2016. Continue reading

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