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Kicking Off Our “Spotlight on Sustainability”

Apr 8, 2014

Qualcomm products mentioned within this post are offered by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

At Qualcomm, we define sustainability as a strategy that drives long-term growth and profitability through the inclusion of environmental, social and corporate governance issues in our business model. From supply chain to philanthropy, ethics to environment—sustainability is simply good business.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce our Spotlight on Sustainability effort—a campaign to educate and engage our employees on what sustainability means to Qualcomm.

Many of our employees are already working with sustainability in mind, whether they are responsibly designing our products, contributing to our smart cities or Qualcomm Wireless ReachTM efforts or dedicating time to volunteer with our annual QCares Experience. Still more are actively engaged in their local communities when they leave the office, dedicating their time and expertise to nonprofits and other groups or causes.

Over the next three months, Qualcomm employees will have even more opportunities to learn about efforts happening across the Company, as well as ways to get involved. Many of these events, including the QCares Experience and our San Diego and international Earth Day celebrations, aren’t new for us, but others will, for example, introduce our employees to some of the transformative technologies we’re working on every day.

We’ll be kicking things off with a sustainability survey so we can understand the programs and priorities that are most meaningful to our employees. The Qualcomm Foundation will make a $10 charitable donation to the World Wildlife Fund in honor of each employee who completes the survey.

We have always believed that sustainability is good business. Striving to be a good corporate citizen and ensuring the long-term success of Qualcomm are, in the end, the same goal. With the launch of our Spotlight on Sustainability this month, I encourage you to stay tuned to read about the fun and exciting things happening on our campuses around the globe.

Daniel Sullivan

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Qualcomm Incorporated

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    • The sustainability impacts in our supply chain.
    • Our human rights impacts and opportunities.
    • Our carbon and water footprints across our value chain.
  • Our comprehensive programs for recruiting, retaining and promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce will result in increased representation of women and underrepresented minorities across our workforce including technical and business leadership roles.
  • We will enhance and expand the talent pipeline in the technology industry by engaging students and other key stakeholders in our scalable STEM education initiatives.
  • Our ethics and compliance standards will continue to be fully integrated into our global business operations where we have a controlling interest.
  • Key stakeholders will have a thorough understanding of our sustainability programs and priorities.

One of my favorite things about working at Qualcomm is that we aren’t just a company of inventors – we are also global citizens collaborating to make our world a better place. People across our company work tirelessly to inspire the next generation of innovators, demonstrate the impact mobile can have in communities around the world and make technologies like 5G a reality.

Innovating responsibly isn’t new to us. Year after year, we put our sustainability commitment into action. In 2016, some of our key accomplishments included the following:

  • We completed onsite audits of several of our supplier sites using the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Validated Audit Process protocol to assess compliance with the EICC Code of Conduct.
  • We conducted our first formal corporate human rights impact assessment to ensure our programs and efforts are focused on the right priorities.
  • Qualcomm Wireless Reach celebrated its ten-year anniversary: the program has brought connected solutions to nearly 10 million people in 46 countries to strengthen social and economic development.
  • We appointed a new Chief Diversity Officer at Qualcomm, who is responsible for providing the vision, leadership and oversight of inclusion and diversity initiatives across the company.
  • Our Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab in San Diego – and its summer program, QCamp – have hosted more than 10,000 students, educators and parents in hands-on engineering activities since opening in 2014. This year, we opened a new Thinkabit Lab with Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region, which marked the latest milestone in our Company’s longstanding commitment to STEM education.
  • We engaged our employees in two separate campaigns focused on reducing our carbon and water footprints: the CO2 + U QChallenge and Take the Water Pledge.

Through our products and programs, across our value chain and in our communities, the opportunities to empower people, enhance quality of life and protect the planet for future generations are endless. I encourage you to download our report to learn more about our 2020 sustainability goals and our progress thus far in making our 2030 sustainability vision a reality.

Please visit our sustainability website to learn more about our strategy, priorities and reporting, and follow us on Twitter to learn more about our efforts in this space.

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“Allow some level of randomness or variability in your career.” — Ignacio Contreras

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In my case, four or five years ago, I was working on business development within Qualcomm Technologies. I received a call from a colleague, now my boss, asking if I was interested in exploring an opportunity in marketing, which was something I wasn’t doing at that time. I took a chance and jumped into the marketing world here — without knowing exactly how I’d benefit from such a move. It’s been very rewarding. It’s good to have a career plan, but along the journey, allow yourself to have some moments of randomness and to make a decision that’s unexpected, even if you don’t have an idea of the outcome.

As a kid, if you’re interested in technology or STEM overall, get into it and go deep. Spend as much time on it as you possibly can. As you grow and enter college or the workforce, you’ll probably have less disposable time to learn, do new things, explore, and pursue new passions. Get involved as much as possible, very early on. There’s probably no better time to do so.

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