January is often a time for people to reflect on their personal goals and growth, looking back at what they accomplished during the past year, and what they’re looking forward to in the year ahead.
The Great Reset
Personally, I find it very fitting that the Forum has chosen ‘the Great Reset’ as their theme for the year. They will focus on how to build a better society post-pandemic – one that is more equitable, more inclusive, and more sustainable.
Another good opportunity with the Great Reset is making sure that companies take a holistic view of their role. It has become much clearer that the role of a company to simply be profitable and serve stakeholders has evolved; there’s now an expectation that companies should make a positive impact in society.
I firmly believe it’s not a choice about doing good and doing business – it’s the intersection where companies like Ericsson can drive inclusive growth that will benefit customers, consumers and society. This evolution was highlighted in the most recent Edelman Trust Barometer – companies are seen as the most trusted institutions and CEOs are expected to lead and take action on social issues.
Harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The technology we deliver is fundamental to the advancement of society, not least the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will change the way goods are produced, consumed and delivered. A key part of this transformation is the move towards industrial automation and the concept of the flexible factory.
We’ve been exploring how manufacturing can develop in the next 10 years with the technologies that we and other companies are developing. Technology like 5G can revolutionize things like sustainability and safety through things like smart energy use, automated systems and the use of virtual and augmented reality.
As Mikael points out, one of the reasons we’ve been connecting with the Forum on topics like 5G and IoT is because they have a strong connection to industries and regulators — and no one is going to be able to move towards an Industrial Revolution alone. We need to work together.
Read Heather’s last blog post, The importance of communications when disaster strikes.
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