Today I am excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Qualcomm Sustainability Report. This report highlights some of our key accomplishments toward achieving our 2020 sustainability goals, which serve as milestones that will enable us to reach our 2030 sustainability vision.
New in this year’s report, you’ll notice the use of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal icons, which highlight how the work we are doing across the company supports the goal of achieving long-term sustainable development, elimination of poverty and an overall healthy planet by 2030.
Sustainability is a part of who we are at Qualcomm. It always has been, and it will continue to be an integral part of how we transform the world, whether it’s leading the way to 5G or expanding beyond mobile into new segments such as automotive and IoT, we are inventing the breakthrough technologies that will transform how the world connects and communicates.
In 2017, some of our key accomplishments included the following:
- We implemented several direct emissions reduction activities that have resulted in approximately nine percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction from our 2014 baseline.
- Qualcomm Wireless Reach broadened its impact to more than 12 million people in 47 countries through 119 programs that bring advanced wireless technology to underserved communities to foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning, and improve environmental sustainability.
- We collaborated with one of our primary semiconductor manufacturing suppliers to implement a water recycling infrastructure project that would allow treating up to 264,000 gallons of wastewater per day for reuse.
- Our Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab expanded its Inspired by Thinkabit Lab initiative with the creation of the Thinkabit Lab Toolkit, a free, online set of resources that has enabled more than 20 Inspired by Thinkabit sites in varying stages of development across the globe.
- We continued to inspire the next generation of inventors and technologists through our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs like Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech), which provides scholarship funds to college students pursuing STEM degrees.
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.