Ericsson India is the leading advocate of Technology for Good in India. Our sustainability and corporate responsibility work are divided into three focus areas:
Ericsson Digital Labs
At Ericsson, we use technology and the expertise of our employees to make a positive impact in the communities where we work, and since 2015, these efforts have been supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With the 4th Industrial revolution already on our doorsteps, development of these skills is critical & a prerequisite for future employment for today’s children and youth.
Globally, we have been working to improve the quality and access to education for nearly a decade and this includes improving opportunities for today’s children & youth to enable not just basic digital literacy skills but also to be exposed to ‘higher’ level skills. In India we’re making this possible through collaboration with partners such as the Bharti Foundation.
Ericsson Digital Labs – inspiring the next generation of technology
The Digital Labs program is a one-of-a-kind innovative education program that introduces children to the world of programming and new technologies.This program aims to inspire young minds to approach technology and problem-solving by creating an open environment for learning, where instructors share their love of coding, thus inspiring youngsters to pursue a career in STEM.
In collaboration with the Bharti Foundation, the program will roll out in Satya Bharti Schools and will fuel curiosity , develop awareness and lead to improved level of learning for students in the areas of technology, coding , programming, robotics & lots more.
The three-year partnership between Ericsson and Bharti Foundation seeks to use Digital labs and focused ICT learning for the children of Grades IV – VII in a senior secondary School at Jhaneri, Punjab. 300 children will directly benefit from the project along with teachers in the school who will be imparted training.
Creating leadership in environmental stability
In pursuit of Clean Air : Air Quality Monitoring using Cellular Network in Dense Urban settings
At Ericsson, we believe in proactive management of energy, environment and climate action. We are committed in working to reduce environmental impacts and emissions. Forming a key part of our resolve towards the environment, Ericsson in India has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur to address the growing air pollution in Delhi.
The project aims to empower citizens and policy makers by providing them with real-time air quality data. A network of 30 such air quality monitors will be deployed across Delhi to generate a live dashboard of the city’s air quality data.
As part of the MoU, Ericsson will use locally developed air quality sensors that are capable of sharing environmental data at defined time intervals. This will lead to better monitoring and analysis of data collected from different parts of the capital. The partnership will also include working with community-based organizations to raise awareness regarding air pollution and steps that can be taken to reduce it.
Such initiatives are a testament to Ericsson’s strong resolve in enabling a cleaner future & contribution to reduce environmental impacts and emissions
Bridging the information divide through ICT: Gramvaani
Information communications technology (ICT) has the power to transform society & plays a key role in the quest for social good as well as towards empowering people to share knowledge, advice as well as gain instant access to information, content & services.
It is with the endeavor, Ericsson partnered with the Graamvani project in Ghazipur, India which is a mobile based district level citizen communication and engagement platform. Ericsson played a key role in the project by way of conceptualization and design as well charting out the execution of this innovative project .
The initiative not only makes available hyperlocal content on one platform, but also simplifies access by way of a missed call to a toll free number. Key information on news, government schemes and programs can be availed by the local population for consumption anytime, anywhere. Along with information sharing, the platform not only captures feedback but also provides people with limited literacy to engage with the community and government. It is also used as a grievance redressal platform.
The program has witnessed a massive uptake in reaching more than 7000 users in its 1st year of operation. As more users experience the platform, it will continue to play an important role in enabling information access & bridging the information gap through ICT
Committed to Skilling Young India
Technology continues to transform the world we live in, bringing change where it’s most needed. At Ericsson we’re committed to doing our part to bring positive change to the wider world around us. Key to this is using technology for the benefit of societies where we operate.
Reinforcing this commitment in India, Ericsson partnered with the Electronics Sector Skills Council of India and Focal Skills to impart specialized electronics skill training to unemployed youth in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh.
As part of the program, students are provided practical hands on training for mobile, hardware, computer peripherals repair along with a focus on improving soft skills and basic IT skills. The course curriculum is certified by the National Skill Development Council. In line with the NSDC guidelines, the training is followed up by a third-party assessment by a government authorized agency.
Placement and incubation support are extended to the trainees both for wage and self-employment opportunities, respectively. With successful placements across multiple batches, the initiative has received a stellar response on back of which a 2nd skill center in Ghazipur has been set up.
Such initiatives are key to enable young minds acquire key digital & soft skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. It also opens up new possibilities for the young workforce and can have a dramatic effect on national economies such as India.
Inspiring the next generation of women in tech
ICT Engineers training program Sonipat
From boosting livelihoods, promoting financial inclusion and gender equality, and improving access to health, education, government services and more, ICT is an essential part of our lives. By using ICT, we are providing access to learning and education.
In India, Ericsson has partnered with the Telecom Sector Skills Council to impart specialized skill training as ICT Engineers to young girls pursuing engineering degrees, encouraging them to join the country’s growing ICT workforce.
The training is being delivered at the Ericsson Skill Center, setup within the premises of the Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, a women’s university established by the Government of Haryana in Sonipat District. The project aims to train 200 female students in the ICT Engineer job role. The course provides essential telecom and networking skills.
The candidates will also be provided soft skills improvement training and placement support in the relevant industries. Upon successful completion of the course candidates are certified by the Telecom Sector Skills Council of India.
The project is a key initiative that is enabling girls to consider a career in ICT and reinforces Ericsson’s commitment to the SDG number 4 which is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”