In its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 released this week, Ericsson summarized the performance of its global sustainability initiatives, which use “connectivity to make a positive socio-economic and environmental...
April 11, 2013
In its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 released this week, Ericsson summarized the performance of its global sustainability initiatives, which use “connectivity to make a positive socio-economic and environmental impact throughout the value chain.”
First launched in 1993, this is the 20th time the report has been released.
“Many of the world’s major challenges such as urbanization, climate change, and poverty could benefit from solutions offered by mobile broadband,” said Hans Vestberg, the company’s president and CEO.
“Sustainability is a competitive differentiator and is high on our agenda, as well as that of our customers.”
Vestberg is involved in the Broadband Commission for Digital Development where he led the working group on climate change, and recently agreed to chair the commission’s task group on the post-2015 agenda and future Sustainable Development Goals. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2012 by the UN Secretary-General.
“Our aim is to make mobile communications more affordable and accessible, as well as work to demonstrate the positive role of technology, where it can shape low-carbon economies, increase access to education, and support other humanitarian issues such as refugees, peace and conflict resolution, and disaster response,” said Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, the company’s head of sustainability and corporate responsibility.
In 2009, Ericsson set a five-year target to reduce its carbon footprint intensity by 40%. According to the company, that goal has been reached within four years, “largely thanks to systematic improvements across the portfolio and by improving product energy efficiency, and focusing on Ericsson’s own internal operations.”
The report also details Ericsson’s Technology for Good projects and the milestones achieved in 2012. These include Connect To Learn, the global education initiative that has now been launched at 33 schools in countries ranging from Brazil to Ghana.
Further information is available at www.ericsson.com/sustainability.