Ericsson's Heather Johnson. Photo credit: Per Myrehed AB
A version of this story appears in the April 2019 print issue of CommsMEA.
We all know the importance of sustainability. Likewise, we’ve all heard companies talk about how important sustainability is to them; seriously, it just might be the most popular topic for them to talk about beyond whatever it is they might be doing with new technologies.
But few companies – especially in the telecommunications and technology sectors – are doing quite as much when it comes to sustainability as Ericsson is.
A key part of those efforts is the work of Heather Johnson. Vice president for sustainability and corporate responsibility for Ericsson around the world, she has a special focus on advocating the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global sustainable development challenges in areas such as access to education, climate change, and humanitarian responses and preparedness. She manages relationships with key sustainability stakeholders, including investors, the United Nations and other international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and partnerships including the World Economic Forum (WEF).
And it doesn’t end there. A former pharmaceutical industry veteran, in 2011 Johnson was responsible for the launch of the Technology for Good platform, which focuses on the use of Ericsson’s core technology in public-private partnerships to solve some of the world’s most compelling challenges and help to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If that’s not enough, her portfolio also includes Ericsson’s flagship Technology for Good programmes, Ericsson Response and Connect to Learn.
Translation: you’ll have a hard time finding anyone with more experience with tech and sustainability than Johnson.