I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Fergal Byrne for his podcast, The Sustainability Agenda, which explores today’s biggest sustainability questions. It was a great opportunity for me to talk about how Ericsson puts its sustainability values into practice.
Fergal and I discussed the three key stages that Ericsson has gone through over the past several years to integrate sustainability deeply within the business. We also talked about how we work with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at Ericsson – how each member of the executive leadership team has become an ambassador for a specific SDG goal and how we’ve worked to cascade our engagement throughout the company. I told him about Technology for Good and strategic partnerships, as well as discussing some of the challenging sustainability decision that Ericsson has had to make.
As I told Fergal, I’m convinced that our sustainability initiatives have brought enormous value to the company – particularly in terms of employee engagement. I continue to be amazed by what we’ve been able to achieve by having a senior leadership team that embraces sustainability values and is committed to spreading them throughout our whole organization.
Speaking of engagement, the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) is launching its report The Business Case for Private Sector Engagement in Humanitarian Responses at the UN’s Humanitarian Network and Partnerships Week in Geneva, Switzerland, this week. The report’s findings are based on interviews with executives at 35 companies, of which I was one. Interestingly, the report shows that all of the interviewees identified employee expectations, staff engagement and talent retention as primary factors underlying their companies’ activities in emergency preparedness and response. For more information, check out the UNOCHA website and download the report.
As for the podcast, if you’d like to listen to the interview, you can find it on The Sustainability Agenda website, on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Ericsson. She joined the company in 1998, and she is responsible for a number of public-private partnerships that explore the use of Ericsson’s core technology to solve some of the world’s most compelling challenges and help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a leading advocate of Technology for Good and represents Ericsson in a number of external fora including the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and the United Nations Global Compact.