Ericsson India is the leading advocate of Technology for Good in India. Our sustainability and corporate responsibility work are divided into three focus areas:
The baank-e-loom- Digital Integration of Traditional Skills and Communities project has been envisioned to combine the cluster development mechanism and networked society theme to empower traditional artisan workers in embracing new technologies, designs, scaling up traditional weaving methods and employing ICT in marketing and sales.
The project is based in Barabanki in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The expected result of the project is to create 1000 confident digital entrepreneurs and a networked society of 8000 weavers and 400 households in the region. The local weaver population will be offered ICT training to enable them to market their products. Simultaneously, an e-commerce portal would be established under the project for improving both sales and marketing of the product.
A resource center will offer digital literacy, English speaking courses and digital information services to the local population. In addition to the Resource Center a Cluster Wireless Network would also be developed for providing access to wireless connectivity for schools, health centers and Anganwadi centers in the region.
Hand in hand
The Chennai based Hand in Hand project proposes to harness the power of self-help groups with IT and mobile technology to support alleviation of poverty and inclusion of poor in mainstream. The goal of the project is to (i) develop a portal to market SHG products through the power of internet to prospective buyers all over India and (ii) bridge the skill gap among women and youth.
Ericsson is supporting the creation of a platform which will promote handmade products that could be potential input material for other SHG members. The online portal will cater to SHG members, federations, incubators and other NGOs, to display SHG products for better market space and will link SHG women thereby establishing a value chain among the SHGs throughout the production cycle. 700 women and youth are being trained across 7 different sectors generating higher income flow and employment opportunities over 2 years through this project.
Connect to Learn
As part of its ‘Connect to Learn’ initiative – Ericsson India in collaboration with the Pratham Education Foundation, has established the Learning Excellence Program (LEP) across 25 schools in rural Gurgaon. The Learning Enhancement Program currently benefits more than 5000 children.
The program focusses on improving quality of primary education for children and also focusses on training young educated women from the local communities in an attempt to increase opportunities of self-development, by employing them as teachers.
Network Learning Centers
Ericsson has collaborated with PLAN to launch Networked Learning Centers for Dynamic Learning in India across the National Capital Region of Delhi. As part of the project, Ericsson has established 18 Networked Learning Centers as knowledge hubs for girls which are connected to a nodal hub. These centers help women & girls in accessing progressive learning opportunities which were not available to them due to limited mobility.
The project ensures self-development opportunities for 15000 girls in the age group of 15-25 years.
Urban Youth Employability Program
As part of its Urban Youth Employability Program, Ericsson India in collaboration with Smile Foundation, is creating employment opportunities for the underprivileged urban youth in the age group of 18-25 years, by providing them with job-oriented skills and placement assistance.
From mobilization and enrolment to final placement, the program ensures all round development of the students. The program also ensures regular follow up of placed students. As of today Ericsson supports 40 centers in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai reaching out to 4000 youth. The program has till date managed to successfully place 65% of the students ensuring a better life for them and their families