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How to Build Better Learning Machines

As a 25-year veteran of educational technology, Elliott Levine has seen a lot of change. In his new role at Qualcomm, he has the opportunity to drive more change than ever before. In this episode of EdTech Today, Levine outlines the challenges to post-pandemic problems and, more importantly, the solution to address those challenges.

One aspect of his efforts includes Qualcomm Wireless Reach, a program that brings advanced wireless technologies to disadvantaged communities around the world. Wireless Reach enriches people’s lives through programs that enhance economic and social development. Since 2006, Wireless Reach has affected more than 20 million people.

“Looking ahead, we have set quantitative targets for 2025 and are focused on building a more diverse workforce, being a responsible business, integrating sustainability into every aspect of our business, and leveraging the company’s breakthrough technologies to drive industries. transform, create a more resilient economy, and catalyze social change for billions of people around the world ”- Steve Mollenkopf

Education is an important driver of growth, economic development and the advancement of societies. Wireless technologies can provide quality education to all communities, regardless of income status or location. Wireless Reach supports the potential of always-on, always-connected mobile devices to dramatically improve teaching and learning.

The Qualcomm Wireless Reach Initiative is part of the company’s Corporate Responsibility Report 2020, which reports on the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in 2020. The report notes that the company is meeting its goals met or exceeded by 2020 and unveils the corporate social responsibility goals for 2025 that will help drive progress towards the company’s 2030 vision and continue to grow in key ESG areas, including: diversity and inclusion; targeted innovation; STEM education; supply chain management, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and energy efficiency of the product.

“We have had many successes over the past year despite the unforeseen challenges of 2020. As we continue to work towards our 2030 vision, I am proud to report that we have successfully met or exceeded our corporate social responsibility goals for 2020,” said Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “Looking ahead, we have set quantitative targets for 2025 and are focused on building a more diverse workforce, being a responsible business, integrating sustainability into every aspect of our business, and leveraging the company’s breakthrough technologies to drive industries. transform, catalyze a more resilient economy and social change for billions of people around the world. “

Qualcomm’s corporate social responsibility priorities encompass four areas in which the company believes it can have the greatest impact: targeted innovation, STEM education, corporate responsibility and our people.

The Corporate Responsibility Report 2020 details the progress made towards meeting Qualcomm’s 2020 goals. Some of the main highlights of 2020 are:

In line with its commitment to promoting equality in the business and industry, Qualcomm has increased the representation of female engineers globally by 17 percent over the past two years and the representation of engineers in racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the United States. are in technology, magnified. sector with 12 percent. Employees’ perception of Qualcomm as an inclusive workplace has risen 10 percent since FY19, as shown by the results of our diversity survey. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. launched its Small Business Accelerator program designed to help 33 small businesses participate in the global transition to a mobile digital work environment to thrive in today’s business climate and be prepared for resilience and long-term success. term. The program provided Qualcomm Technologies solutions, collaboration tools, and technical and integration support to help the selected companies continue their operations during the ongoing global pandemic. To better address climate-related risks and opportunities across the business, Qualcomm conducted its first climate scenario analysis in 2020 and also included the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) indices in the report.

Also included in the report are our 2025 goals, which are steps towards the 2030 vision aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). “Over the next year, we will begin to work towards our recently launched 2025 corporate social responsibility goals, prioritizing the environment, diversity and inclusion, and reporting,” said Akash Palkhiwala, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “Among these, we will continue to address and improve our environmental performance through strategies to reduce greenhouse gases, reduce power consumption and build a more diverse workforce.”

To learn more about Qualcomm’s goals for 2025 and ESG performance in 2020, check out the full report here.

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