In 2021, Ericsson introduced a new vision to improve lives, redefine business and create a sustainable future. Building on decades of pioneering sustainability, the company is firmly committed to realizing this vision through its own efforts and by working across and beyond the ICT ecosystem.
This focus is reflected in Ericsson’s latest Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights its performance in 2021 in the areas of responsible business, environmental sustainability and digital inclusion.
“Our sustainability-focused solutions and partnerships are creating real impact for our customers and stakeholders,” said Heather Johnson, Ericsson’s Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. “But they also create value for society, whether by enabling the reduction of emissions in industries, creating more energy-efficient networks or helping to bridge the digital divide. We made significant progress towards our sustainability goals in 2021, and we are now setting even more ambitious goals for the future.
Performances and highlights
Net Zero: In 2021, Ericsson set a long-term ambition to be Net Zero by 2040 across its entire value chain. To achieve this ambition, Ericsson will strive to meet the 1.5°C aligned climate goals set by the Paris Agreement.
The first major step is to achieve net zero emissions from the company’s own operations by 2030 – as well as to reduce emissions by 50% in its portfolio and supply chain as well by 2030.
Energy performance: To meet customer expectations and help the telecommunications industry reach Net Zero, Ericsson has developed innovative solutions that allow operators’ networks to use as little energy as possible while managing the expected growth of the data traffic, meeting the needs of current and future 5G networks. .
In 2021, Ericsson achieved 36% energy savings on delivered Ericsson Radio System radios compared to the existing portfolio, exceeding the company’s approved science target of 35% one year ahead of schedule.
In 2021, Ericsson also launched a series of ultra-lightweight Massive MIMO radios that are 10% more energy efficient than the previous generation.
Digital inclusion: The digital divide continues to be a major challenge to global economic development with an estimated 2.9 billion people still offline. With innovative technologies and services, Ericsson and its partners and customers are forging new paths to connect societies and improve lives. In 2021, Ericsson continued its partnership with UNICEF in support of the Giga initiative, helping to map schools and assess their connectivity in 35 countries by the end of 2023.
Ericsson is also committed to positively impacting one million children and young people by 2025 by providing access to digital learning and skills development programs as part of the EDISON Alliance 1 Billion Lives Challenge, aligned with the World Economic Forum.
Corporate responsibility: Ericsson continued to focus on health, safety and wellbeing in 2021, including a robust response to COVID-19 that included a focus on employee mental health and access to vaccines in places where they were not easily accessible. In 2021, there was an increase in work-related deaths compared to 2020, contrary to the downward trend of recent years. The company has declared this unacceptable and is more committed than ever to targeting zero – a goal of zero fatalities and lost work injuries.
Ericsson has launched its revised Code of Business Ethics, which sets out both the company’s ethical principles and its expectations for responsibility throughout the value chain. The company also added integrity as one of its four core values and released a report on the impact of 5G on human rights.
Ericsson’s sustainability and corporate responsibility report is part of the company’s annual report and is externally verified by an independent third party. It is also produced in accordance with the GRI sustainability reporting standards and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights reporting framework.
Find highlights from the 2021 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report here.