As part of SwedCham’s No Plastic! challenge, we bring forward a participating company to showcase their plastic-free achievement. This month, we highlight Ericsson.
Did you know that Ericsson’s first business with China dates back to 1892? Ericsson built the connection with China over a century ago by shipping 2,000 phones to Shanghai. Today, Ericsson continues to be a trusted partner for China’s telecommunication industry and is committed to leveraging a circular and sustainable economy through a strong corporate culture.
Ericsson accepted SwedCham’s NoPlastic! challenge in 2018. This is how it all started:
First, they began with a voluntary program to reduce employee’s consumption of single-use plastics. Small discounts on beverages served in employees own cups was a well-received initiative. The next step was to replace plastic products with bio-degradable items in cafeterias, coffee shops and cleaning facilities.
“The most important aspect is not to reduce the convenience to users.” – Cedric Vanhaver
According to Cedric, some companies may hesitate to do a plastic-free campaign of fear of receiving negative response. Ericsson has shown that small steps, not only can be well-received, but also have great impact. Here’s what they’ve achieved:
Big Results of Ericsson’s No Plastic:
·100% plastic bags used are biodegradable;
·23% of plastic garbage bags are reduced by sharing garbage bins among desks;
·All plastic stirring rods are eliminated.