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EU-ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark - Harnessing ICTs to advance sustainable development

Added on 29-11-2017

We welcome this very comprehensive report by Huawei.

Their research shows how ICT and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are correlated to each other. Digitalisation, ICT, innovation and connectivity are key enablers for sustainable change. They facilitate optimisation, efficiency gains, new ways of interacting with each other, access to information and new business models. To have real impact towards the SDGs, it is crucial that businesses take a leading role in the transition towards a more sustainable society and dare to transform their business from within.

At CSR Europe, the European Hub for action towards the SDGs, we are delighted to see that more and more companies are starting to tackle the SDGs and take responsibility. Due to the globalised and interconnected nature of our world, the global challenges we face cannot be solved by one country or company alone. Extensive, multi-stakeholder collaboration will be key to drive action. Economic actors now realise that responsible business is not just the right thing to do, but it also makes perfect business sense. In every challenge lies a new business opportunity.

Huawei demonstrates in its work and throughout this report how ICT can unlock this value and speed up implementation. This report outlines opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and provides practical examples. We are on the right track, but there is still much to be done. Huawei has set the right direction and we encourage their leadership. With this report Huawei is lighting the way towards a sustainable and connected future. We hope that you will enjoy reading this document, that it will inspire you to connect, innovate, act and co-create impact towards the SDGs.