“Responsive and Responsible Leadership” is the 2017 theme for the gathering of the world’s top business leaders, heads of state and public figures at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from January 17 to 22. As a strategic partner, Ericsson is onsite to share our views and experiences of how the development in Information and Communications Technology impacts every part of society. Follow all the events on www.twitter.com/ericssonsustain

Ericsson’s delegation this year is led by Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, and Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President, Government and Industry Relations. They will be working on topics such as “Internet for All”, “the role of the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”, “Humanitarian Response”, and “The Future of International Trade and Investment”, among others. Follow all the events on www.twitter.com/ericssonsustain.

Weidman-Grunewald says: “The multi-stakeholder approach across governments, private companies and public enterprises is key to realizing goals in leadership. At the World Economic Forum, you come face to face with those partners and can set the agenda for the conversations and initiatives throughout the year.”

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald

Topics

The topics at WEF coincide with Ericsson’s own agenda on the digital transformation of industries, Internet for All and responsible business. Weidman-Grunewald says: “In every meeting and appearance, we will be demonstrating how, along with our customers and partners, we are leading the transformation toward a truly Networked Society and creating a more sustainable world.”

Ericsson’s ambition in bringing Internet for All focuses on quality of connectivity rather than quantity. Weidman-Grunewald sets outs the argumentation in this blog. Sensitive topics are coming to the forefront as well, and her blog on preventing sexual exploitation of children online has already been shared by WEF.

Sustainability means business

Ericsson participated in the preparation of a report from the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, which shows that the next decade is critical for companies to tackle social and environmental challenges, and rebuild trust with society.

The Commission released the report and stated that: “Putting the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, at the heart of the world’s economic strategy could unleash a step-change in growth and productivity, with an investment boom in sustainable infrastructure as a critical driver. However, this will not happen without radical change in the business and investment community.”

ICT helping people in need

Humanitarian issues will be a major topic during the meeting. Since Weidman-Grunewald is on the steering group for the Global Future Council on Humanitarian Issues, Ericsson will feature prominently throughout the event. Weidman-Grunewald can be seen in the World Economic Forum video on humanitarian response, will participate in a live broadcast on the topic, and wrote this blog on the WEF Forum.

Weidman-Grunewald is also a featured guest on a podcast called “The Sustainability Agenda” with Fergal Byrne. And just in time for Davos, Ericsson has once again been listed as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Corporate Knights.

The ranking comes from an analysis of nearly 5000 companies against global industry peers on 14 key performance indicators, including supply chain impact and clean air impact for relevant industries. The full ranking and explanation of methodology is available on corporateknights.com from January 19.

Preserving global trade

As Ericsson’s highest-ranking executive for government relations, Ulf Pehrsson will be active on the topic of international trade and meeting an array of government ministers. He contributed to the WEF Forum with this blog on the topic.

Upcoming sustainability report

Stay tuned to www.ericsson.com/sustainability in early March for our Annual sustainability report, which sums up all projects and Ericsson’s progress during 2016.