Ericsson Reports Technology for Good Programs’ Success

Ericsson’s Technology for Good Programs have helped four million people around the world, both in terms of social and environmental benefits. Technology for Good includes the following programmes, among other reports, videos and projects:

  • Connect to learn;
  • Ericsson Response;
  • Refugee reconnection;
  • Refugee reconnection;
  • Millennium Villages;
  • Youth Peacemaker Network;
  • the Technology for Good blog; and
  • Reports on “Transformative Solutions for 2015 and beyond.”

The company’s recent report, “Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility 2014,” follows the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Reporting Framework (and has, so far, been the only ICT company to do so) and reports success in increasing energy efficiency and operational health and safety. The company has exceeded its goals in the following areas: “access to communication for all in the areas of education, banking the unbanked, and humanitarian response.”

More specifically, in terms of education, Ericsson joined the UK Government’ s Department for International Development (DFID) to extend its Connect to Learn programme to Myanmar, bringing the programme’s country count to 21. This initiative is aimed at 11,000 students during the next two years and is Ericsson’s first engagement in a governmental public-private partnership .

Other successes include Ericsson increasing energy efficiency for the Ericsson Radio system by 50%, launching the Mobile Money project in Peru for financial inclusion, and responding to Ebola outbreaks in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In discussing the programme’s success, Ericsson’s President and CEO, Hans Vestberg, said “We want to ensure that connectivity paves the way for environmentally sustainable and equitable social and economic development.”

Source: Thomson Reuters ONE via COMTEX, MarketWatch