Ericsson releases annual Sustainability and CR report14/04/2011
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Ericsson's annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report titled "Technology for Good", released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to apply innovation to market based solutions that empower people and society, and which will help create a more sustainable world. Ericsson believes that the transformational power of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to spur socio-economic development and put us on the path of a low-carbon economy has never been greater.
In order to achieve a low-carbon economy, Ericsson's aim is to continue delivering solutions that will result not in incremental but rather transformative change: where video conferencing substitutes business air travel, intelligent utility grids reinvent how we access and use energy, and cities are designed to be low-carbon.
More information is available on the Ericsson Sustainability website: http://ethicalperformance.com/reports/links/EricssonSustainability
Reducing our own environmental impact and that of our products is an important part of Ericsson's sustainability focus. Ericsson is on track with the Group target to reduce its carbon footprint by 40 percent over five years (2009-2013).
The report also reflects Ericsson's focus on enabling communications for all, including the 4 billion people living at the base of the pyramid. The company will continue our efforts to use technology to help meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
- Ericsson, the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Millennium Promise have founded a global education initiative Connect To Learn in 2010. The initiative uses ICT to enable access to a secondary education. Through new investments and working in public-private partnership, we delivered PC as a Service, which lowers costs for schools, reduces complexity for teachers and promotes a new business for mobile operators. Connect to Learn began in Africa and we expect it to expand to other continents during 2011.
- Ericsson joined with Refugees United to develop and deploy a mobile phone application so refugees can register to search for and connect with loved ones via an anonymous database. According to the UNHCR, 3 million people in East Africa alone could benefit from the service.
- In 2010, Ericsson Response was recognized for 10 years of service by our partners. Since 2000, Ericsson volunteers from all regions of the world, have been trained and deployed in various disaster relief operations. In 2010, 19 volunteers were deployed to Haiti to assist the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other organizations in communications operations.
The report also emphasizes Ericsson's strong commitment to business ethics. This was further strengthened by the appointment of a Chief Compliance Officer to focus on Ericsson's anti-corruption program and other issues.
A PDF version of the report is available to download at http://ethicalperformance.com/reports/links/Ericsson2010 and includes all key performance indicators, as well as Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3-related information. Ericsson's Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2010 has achieved an A+ application level, which means the Report has been externally assured, and that the application level has been checked by a third party, Det Norske Veritas.
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