- Responsible business approach strengthened within human rights and sales compliance, responsible sourcing and anti-corruption
- Improvements in the company's activities and products with regard to energy, environment and climate change: Psi coverage solution and Radio Dot System are two innovative products improving coverage with reduced energy footprint
- Milestones for Technology for Good programs: First wave of Connect To Learn students graduate in 2013 and refugee connection platform extended to address Syrian refugee crisis
The anti-corruption program is in focus and some 85,000 employees have taken a training course outlining the company's policies and standards.Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility says: "This area continues to gain importance to all our stakeholders and we are focused on building a strong foundation for corporate responsibility within the company. This does not mean incidents can never happen, but it means when they do, we have strong operational processes in place to handle them." In energy and environment, Ericsson reports improvements in its own activities and products in operation. Ericsson set a target to reduce CO2e emissions by 30% per employee by 2017. The full-year reduction for 2013 was 10% per employee. Examples from the portfolio include the Ericsson Psi Coverage Solution, introduced last year, and Ericsson Radio Dot System. Psi Coverage Solution uses a single radio unit to provide the same 3G coverage as an ordinary base station equipped with three radio units. Psi Coverage Solution has been deployed across 11 markets during 2013 and has proven to reduce power consumption by 40%. Ericsson Radio Dot System, which revolutionizes indoor coverage, reduces power requirements by more than 50% compared to traditional Distributed Antenna Systems, and prolongs battery life of end-user devices used in enterprise environments. Technology for Good programs, which aim to increase access and affordability to communications, have reported significant progress in 2013. Connect To Learn has expanded steadily to positively impact some 40,000 students in 14 countries. In 2013 Ericsson focused on establishing a baseline for measuring impacts, and published the report called ICT in Education. Another program aims to assist in the global refugee crisis, which affects 42 million people according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. At the end of 2013 there were 250,000 people registered on the Refugees United mobile platform that helps refugees search and find each other. In response to the current humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring countries, Ericsson recently announced the launch of the service together with three mobile operators: Zain in Jordan, Avea in Turkey, and Asiacell in Iraq.
During the year, Ericsson, Facebook and a number of other tech giants took a step closer to realizing the benefits of mobile communication through the announcement of a global initiative called Internet.org.Ericsson has set an objective to positively impact 2.5 million people directly through our Technology for Good initiatives by 2016. Weidman-Grunewald concludes: "At the end of the day a sustainability report is only a snapshot of performance. It will fall short without the people, processes and governance behind it. Building the robustness of our programs has been a big focus for us in 2013, in all areas of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility." NOTES TO EDITORS The report has been assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The GRI G3 guidelines have been used in compiling the Report and a complete GRI compilation appears online. Ericsson's Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2013 achieved an A+ application level. Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video at www.ericsson.com/press Ericsson's Technology for Good photo collection can be found at www.flickr.com/ericsson_images Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, businesses and societies to fulfil their potential and create a more sustainable future. Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities. With more than 110,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers - stay in front. Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2013 were SEK 227.4 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York. www.ericsson.com www.ericsson.com/news www.twitter.com/ericssonsustain