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Comments Off on Ericsson Safety Day – reinforcing our commitment

October 10th is Ericsson Safety Day! The purpose of this annual event is to raise awareness about the critical importance of workplace safety and put a spotlight on how all of us, both within Ericsson and across our supply chain, must work together to achieve the vision of zero major incidents. Ericsson is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment, not only for our own employees, but also for suppliers that build and service networks on our behalf.
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Comments Off on ICT impact on CO2 emissions – a macro perspective

The threat of climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. To reach the Paris Agreement targets, PWC estimates that the world economy must reduce its carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions per dollar of income by 6.3% per year until year 2100. At the same time, ICT has drastically changed the way we lead our lives, as well as how societies and economies function. How are these phenomena intertwined? It’s often claimed that ICT has the potential to help reduce CO2e emissions, but has it started to deliver on this promise?
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Comments Off on Mobile broadband as a platform of possibility for sustainable development

Group photo of participants at UN Foundation gathering at UN Week 2018

Ten years have passed since Ericsson’s former CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg addressed the UN General Assembly – a rare intervention from the private sector at that time. His remarks focused on Ericsson’s conviction that communication technology and connectivity in particular could play a significant role in helping to reach the Millennium Development Goals – the predecessors to today’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mobile broadband was still in its infancy at that time, but we already had a clear sense of the opportunities it created in terms of tackling global development challenges.
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Comments Off on The Millennium Villages Project: 10+ years of poverty reduction

Ericsson was one of the pioneers of what is today referred to as “ICT for development” – with some of our main efforts dating back to the mid-2000s. Back when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set in 2000, broadband was still in its infancy, with just 750 million mobile subscriptions worldwide. Since that time, we have worked continuously to make the benefits of broadband as a tool for sustainable development more widely known. There are now approximately 7.8 billion mobile subscriptions globally, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, and more than 95 percent of the world’s population will be covered by MBB networks by 2023.
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Comments Off on Digital inclusion for refugees: Technology for Good @ Roraima

The Technology for Good @ Roraima project was first conceived in 2017 after a request from the Brazilian government for Ericsson to implement a technological solution that could enhance their response to the Venezuelan migration situation for the benefit of both the migrants and the local population in the state of Roraima.
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Comments Off on Digital skills will be critical in the future workplace

For a number of years now Ericsson has been supporting Universeum in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the Digital Lab program – a dedicated technology program for kids. A visit to Universeum is a wonderful experience for kids and adults alike. It’s Scandinavia’s largest science center, with 9,000 cubic meters of adventure spread over seven floors. Visitors can experience a tropical rainforest, huge aquariums, explore the Swedish wilderness, and take part in a variety of technology and science experiments.
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Climate action can be taken without carbon compensation

Ericsson’s sustainability team recently received a proposal from an engaged employee who suggested that we should compensate for the climate impact of our business travel. At Ericsson, we believe that all measures that reduce CO2 are important, and we know that many companies use carbon compensation as part of their efforts to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Also known as carbon offset, the idea is that a reduction in emissions of CO2 or greenhouse gases made in one place compensates for (offsets) an emission made elsewhere. One carbon offset represents the reduction of one tonne of CO2 or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases.
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Comments Off on Epidemic control using ICT – a game changer in fighting global epidemics

Epidemic control using ICT

Epidemics have long been part of human history, from the Plague of Athens – the first recorded outbreak of infectious disease – to recent epidemics such as Ebola and MERS. Growing international exchanges, increases in population and urbanization, intensification of global climate and environmental changes, and inadequate systems of disease prevention and control are the leading causes of severe epidemics in modern society. On top of the terrible loss of life that epidemics cause, the economic impact can also be devastating for the survivors. The issue of epidemics is closely related to Sustainable Development Goal #3, which focuses on ensuring health and wellbeing.
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Comments Off on Global goals need global solutions

At Ericsson, we believe that access to communication is a basic human need and that technology is a driver to improve people’s lives. We’re deeply committed to using our technology and expertise to empower communities and drive sustainable change. It was only natural, then, that we were early supporters and adopters of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have worked hard since their launch in 2015 to integrate them into our sustainability and corporate responsibility work. Every year since, we have been eager participants at Global Goals Week.

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Comments Off on Mixed reality technology – fast track toward sustainable urbanization

Ericsson has been working in partnership with UN-Habitat since 2013 to develop a better understanding of the role that ICT can play in sustainable urbanization. Since UN-Habitat has identified urban planning as one of the major issues that must be addressed to achieve sustainable urbanization, our most recent collaborative project explores how mixed reality technology enhances urban planning.

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