Did you know that today marks the 65th anniversary of International Human Rights Day? Founded in 1950, December 10th continues to commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, the United Nations celebrates another major milestone for human rights: the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new global development agenda.
Here at Qualcomm, human rights is something we think about every day. We first published Our Commitment to Human Rights in 2013—the same year we joined the United Nations Global Compact. Our values and approach to these issues are guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the UN Global Compact Principles. We are also a member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, and we participate in BSR’s Human Rights Working Group.
Collectively, our principles align with the global efforts to achieve the SDGs. In respect to Goal #6, to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Qualcomm prioritizes water as a limited natural resource that is critical to our company, the communities where we operate, and life on the planet. It is our intention to identify opportunities to optimize water efficiency, foster ongoing, transparent communication with our stakeholders, and strive to continuously improve our water management practices.
Another illustration of our support of both human rights and our commitment to helping achieve the SDGs is our Qualcomm Wireless Reach™ initiative. With more than 100 global programs, each falls under one of five categories (education, entrepreneurship, environment, health care, and public safety) and aims to improve the lives of community members through innovative uses of advanced wireless technologies. From providing new ways for middle school students to learn in Kenya, to creating healthier and more efficient ways to rapidly respond to disease outbreaks, assisting frontline health workers to provide pregnant women with the best care for themselves and their children, and helping global supply chain workers in China learn how to manage their health, our Wireless Reach efforts utilize our expertise with mobile technologies to support fair and equal human rights for all.
Kenyan students and their teacher utilize tablets as part of the mLearning program with Wireless Reach.
Nigerian midwives review electronic medical records as part of a Wireless Reach program.
So today, and every day, we’re happy to join in the celebration of human rights. Follow along with us on Twitter (@Qualcomm_GA and @QCWirelessReach) for even more examples of our commitment to using mobile devices to support human rights and in turn, transform lives.