October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and for us the time to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We see the value in operating with greater cross-cultural understanding in an inclusive environment and feel the diversity of our workforce is one of our major strengths as a business.

Global Diversity Awareness Month celebrations at Ericsson

We celebrate Diversity Awareness Month 

Global Diversity Awareness Month celebrations

We believe our diversity has a positive impact on all aspects of our business. Global Diversity Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate and pay tribute to the diverse minds that make up this company. Here’s how we will engage in this important conversation…

October is the time of the year when we highlight and appreciate our differences, when no particular strand of diversity is in focus, rather all of them. It is an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate that we all have something to contribute with, and we believe the variety of our contributions helps to ensure business success.

President and CEO Börje Ekholm says: “Our success and our customers’ success are dependent upon our creativity and ingenuity; without the intelligence, innovation and engagement of our diverse global team, we would fail.

“People are key to our success at Ericsson. Diversity is at the core of who we are, as we operate across the entire globe. But business reasons aside, we all have a responsibility to stand up tall for the equal rights of everybody. Who among us can claim to be superior to anyone else? We are humans, and united we stand.”

As part of Global Diversity Awareness Month, Ericsson teams from around the world are working together on plans to celebrate diversity.

 

Global activities

We have collected stories from more than 30 Ericsson employees from around the globe for the launch of the second edition of Ericsson’s Cultural Journeys eBook. Cultural Journeys is inspired by Humans of New York, a photo-documentary blog that shares short and touching stories about people’s lives.

With a similar concept, we have focused on our cultural journey, and the result is a selection of stories told by some of our Ericsson colleagues that reveal where we’ve been, where we are today and where we’re going.

In addition, we’re renewing the pledge we originally made to the UN’s #HeForShe campaign in 2015.

 Launched by the UN with the support of actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, the initiative provides a platform for a global audience to engage in a solidarity movement for the achievement of gender equality.  

 

Local activities

Local teams are organizing an array of get-togethers throughout October. Belgium is planning a Diversity Lunch, STEM* camp for employees’ children and a chance to try out what it’s like to maneuver through the office in a wheelchair. Finland is hosting an international “fika.”

In Germany, you can join a cultural lunch or participate in the launch of a mentoring program for female leaders. Canada is arranging a potluck lunch in the Ottawa office. In Morocco, you can attend a culture and gender workshop. Or why not join student-run NGO Robogals for morning tea in Australia?

Many more countries are involved too.

 

Beyond Global Diversity Awareness Month

In our company strategy, we talk about unlocking the value within our culture. One of our biggest strengths is our global presence and our innovative mindset. If we are to continue to create the game-changing technology needed to be successful, we need to recognize and pay tribute to the bright and diverse minds of this company, this month and beyond. At times, we must allow ourselves to take a step back and be proud of our strengths and capabilities, our commitment and loyalty to each other, our customers and our company, all of which are vital for us to grow as individuals and as a company. We’re proud that our diversity fosters our innovation.

 

* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics