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Comments Off on Bolstering corporate social responsibility in Chile

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to get involved in a very important initiative in Chile driven by Business Sweden and the Swedish Embassy known as Sustainability Program. A variety of the Program’s activities – including a number of local workshops, debates and presentations – took place during the first half of 2018, with the participation of representatives from the Chilean government and civil society, along with several Swedish companies located in Chile.

The Program aims to show how Swedish companies that are committed to responsible business are impacting positively on the Chilean market and society within the framework of the Agenda 2030. So far it has focused on three cross-cutting topics: due diligence, gender equality and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labor market. This third point is particularly relevant in Chile right now because as of April 1, 2018, it is mandatory for companies to ensure that at least one percent of their workforce is comprised of people with disabilities.
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Comments Off on Smart Africa: Leveling the playing field with ICT

All around the world, digital transformation is becoming a critical factor in long-term, sustainable economic development, and Africa is no exception. Since 2013, the Smart Africa Alliance has played an increasingly important role in helping both national governments and cities across Africa deepen their understanding about the concrete steps they can take to increase Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy through supporting and encouraging the increased use of ICT.

Like Smart Africa, we at Ericsson believe that ICT has the ability to level the global playing field and enable African countries to harness the full potential of their human capital. We also agree that a well-planned policy and regulatory environment is key to encouraging partnerships, entrepreneurship, job creation and knowledge sharing.
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Comments Off on Protein-folding and digital solutions for Sustainable Development Goals – a summer in the labs

Editor’s note: This blog post was originally published on July 13, 2018, on the Ericsson Research Blog.

Meet Kaspian Jakobsson and follow his journey on what started as an internship leading to an extended experience for life; from developing a database explorer, interesting events, Ericsson’s CEO Börje Ekholm and a UI containing sustainable ICT solutions.

Students from many different fields join Ericsson Research for internships or thesis work. You could be next. Follow our blog to learn about the students at Ericsson Research during the summer 2018.

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Comments Off on Promoting the Carbon Law at the “Davos of Sweden”

As a member of the sustainability research team at Ericsson for the past several years, I have become increasingly aware of the fact that certain characteristics of my home country, Sweden, make it a great place to explore the role of ICT in moving societies towards a more sustainable future. Sweden scores well in terms of digitalization, innovation and sustainability in international rankings. Moreover, it has a long tradition of openness with regards to public sector activities, and the small population makes it relatively easy to get access to almost anyone and to form collaborations between companies, academia and policymakers.

 This accessibility is very much in evidence at Almedalen, an annual event that some refer to as the “Davos of Sweden”, where I participated for the first time this July. Open to the general public, Almedalen takes place on the island Gotland and includes representatives of the Swedish government, academia, institutions, local authorities, companies, non-governmental organizations, and different political parties. This year was the 50th anniversary of the event, and it consisted of more than 4,000 different seminars. It was exciting to have the opportunity to meet so many knowledgeable and influential people in such a short time – including government ministers – as they walked around in the streets of Visby, easily accessible and open for discussions.

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Comments Off on SDGs generate new business opportunities

I recently attended the High Level Sustainable Development Goals Business Conference in Sarajevo, which focused on the topic of how businesses can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The conference was organized by the UN Office and the Swedish Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ericsson was one of a few Swedish companies invited to present on the subject of how companies can work with the SDGs and develop new solutions and business models to help achieve them. I took the opportunity to talk about two projects that highlight how working toward the SDGs can boost innovation and lead to new business opportunities.
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Comments Off on Digital agriculture and food tech – what’s new?

 

Earlier this month, I represented Ericsson at the international conference Sweden Foodtech Big Meet, a key event around the idea of building a next-generation food system based on tech, data, sustainability and health. Katarina Luhr, Stockholm’s vice mayor, opened the conference with a speech that stressed the importance of sustainable food and agriculture in the urbanization of today and tomorrow.

Sweden Foodtech’s long-term ambition is to build the world’s premier system for positive development of the food sector based on digital transformation and entrepreneurship. Key players include representatives of the current food system, research institutes, investors (including venture capitalists), global information and communication technology companies and new entrepreneurs shaping the future of food.

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Photo credit: Telenor Myanmar

Last month in Myanmar groups of excited public high school students travelled to an ICT training center in Nay Pyi Taw to spend a week of their summer holidays learning about word processing and safe internet behavior. Back in October, another group of public high school students in Myanmar waited nervously for the results of the National ICT Awards competition that they had joined for the very first time. When one of them received a merit award, the joy and pride was palpable.

It’s hard to imagine now, but just five years ago it was both difficult and expensive to buy a SIM card in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Connectivity was rare – if not totally absent – in the country’s public high schools at that time. If a rural government school did have smart phones, tablets or laptops available, in some case it wasn’t possible to charge them properly due to the lack of a stable source of electricity.

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Comments Off on Transformative technologies can provide education for all

Last week I was in Paris to attend the third advisory board meeting for UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report. Formerly known as the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, the GEM Report is an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report that monitors progress toward the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

One of the first agenda points was to welcome former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark as the new chair of the advisory board. As part of her introduction, she shared her thoughts on the importance of SDG 4 (education):

“Education is a key sustainable development goal because it’s so important in its own right but also because, if we achieve the education targets, it will enable progress across a whole lot of the other goals as well,” she said. “So it is important both for its intrinsic and its enabling value and so has to be regarded as extremely significant for the 2030 agenda.”

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Comments Off on Taking action to stem the trade in conflict minerals

 

Last week the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs arranged a meeting with several members of Teknikföretagen (the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries) to discuss the new EU regulations that apply to conflict minerals and provide a forum for knowledge sharing. I was at the meeting to represent Ericsson, listen to the other participants’ perspectives, and offer Ericsson’s point of view based on our experience of working to address the issue of conflict minerals in our own supply chain over the past several years.

For those who aren’t so familiar with the topic, tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are the minerals that are usually referred to as conflict minerals. All four are commonly used in the manufacturing of a wide variety of consumer products, as well as in many of the electronic and electromechanic components used in heavy industry.
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Comments Off on The Future of Truth: Ericsson Innovation Awards 2018

Closely aligned with the theme of this year’s Nobel Week Dialogue, the theme of the 2018 Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) competition was “The Future of Truth”. We challenged students around the world to propose technical solutions that improve people’s ability to find, validate and share information in a fully connected world. More than 1,400 university teams representing 107 countries entered the competition.

Fifteen semi-finalist teams were selected to receive three months of mentoring by Ericsson experts to finetune their solutions before the four finalists were selected to come to Stockholm to compete in the grand finale event. All finalist teams received cash prizes and special opportunities during their all-expenses-paid visit to Stockholm, and had a chance of winning the grand prize of 25 000 euros.
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