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How we create tomorrow's society
Digitalisation has the power to transform societies for the better. We also see that this potential, for various reasons, is underestimated in our society. We need to use our network and wider sphere of influence to support and accelerate action in line with Agenda 2030 for sustainable development as well as the Paris Climate Agreement.
The next decade is crucial. The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned of severe consequences of a failure to prevent global warming from exceeding 1.5°C.
Digitalisation can provide solutions to the global challenges of our time. But real positive impact from digitalisation occurs when various levels work together, i.e., when new technical solutions, business models, economic incentives, new legislation, social planning, new financing models and methods for assessment and creating transparency, etc. are brought together.
We know that incremental improvements enabled by digitalisation are relatively easy to achieve, explain, measure and support politically. But the greater, transformative and systemic changes that are needed to reach our goal, are often more difficult to explain, measure and support politically. The transformative and systemic changes that are needed to reach our common goals demand numerous related measures that often require collaboration between government ministries, public agencies and sectors in a way that rarely occurs today.
Therefore, Cybercom takes the lead in promoting a better tomorrow by demanding policies that support transformative change enabled by digital technology and innovation. We understand that our society won’t be able to fulfil our commitment to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement unless we work together, share best practices and explore next practices. We need to challenge ourselves, our peers, our clients, suppliers, other industry sectors, government, cities and NGOs.
As a part of Cybercom’s journey to enable and empower its employees, we have carried out a subject knowledge enhancement initiative within digital sustainability. A course was designed to meet the following objectives:
- Enhance our consultants’ understanding of sustainable development and how it relates to digitalisation and innovation.
- Equip our consultants with the knowledge and tools they can use in their own roles and assignments.
- Accelerate Cybercom’s positive impact and increase the proportion of assignments that contribute to meeting our clients’ sustainability challenges.
Launching this training made Cybercom among the first in its industry to train all its employees with the purpose of making them enabled and empowered to act. So far, more than 1,000 Cybercom consultants have completed the training, receiving a diploma from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Cybercom supports the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, which is an eco-system of frontline organisations committed to halving their emissions before 2030 and integrating climate action into their business strategy – to ultimately drive climate action in society. This involves being committed to continuously supporting our clients to integrate climate into their business strategies and digital transformation efforts. During 2020, Cybercom was a reviewer of the 1.5°C Business Playbook, which provides guidance for companies of all sizes that want to establish a clear climate strategy, define targets, set requirements for suppliers and align value propositions with the Paris Climate Agreement and a net-zero ambition.
Cybercom is now taking a more active role in this initiative to create next practice in the methodology for full integration of the 1.5°C climate ambition in digitalisation projects and strategies. The intention is to develop an easy-to-use methodology as well as be a front runner and share experiences to inspire and influence further climate action in society. The results will be made public with the purpose of scaling it up globally. The project will be driven by Cybercom with expertise and support from the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, and to pilot the approach with at least one world-leading client.
During 2020, Cybercom took the next step in mobilising our industry peers behind the digitalisation consultancy industry’s innovation driven roadmap for fossil free competitiveness and global sustainability, which was created during 2018 and submitted to the government in 2019. To help politics, business, and the public sector to understand how Sweden, through digitalisation and innovation, can be rapidly transformed into a fossil-free welfare society with increased competitiveness, Cybercom has created a new digital platform digitaliseringskonsulterna.se. The platform is planned to be launched in early 2021.
During 2020, Cybercom acted as the driving force for the initiative, providing coordination and facilitation.
“It is with great pleasure that I participate in this investment in digitalisation consultants. It is important that we join forces in the work to create a sustainable society. I hope that more companies and organisations understand and use the power of digitalisation to both optimise and transform our society. I look forward to following the progress of the digitisation consultants’ climate roadmap and the upcoming web platform,” said Ibrahim Baylan, Minister of Enterprise at the CEO meeting with digitalisation consultants on 2 November 2020.
We are proud to have been involved in ‘Women in Tech’ for the fourth consecutive year as a founding partner. To continue to innovate and develop our operations in accordance with the 17 SDGs, we need access to the right skills, which is the greatest challenge facing Cybercom and our entire industry. We need more graduate engineers, system developers, architects, UX- specialists and sustainability advisors than are currently available. We therefore chose to increase our commitment to Women in Tech in 2020 by becoming one of the four main partners.
‘Hello World!’ is a non-profit organisation with the purpose of promoting digital creativity in children and young people. Cybercom is one of the organisation’s main sponsors. Activities focus on running camps during school holidays and at weekends, where children and young people meet and help each other through a virtual mentoring platform and are coached by experienced programmers.
The association’s goal is for Sweden to have sufficient IT skills in the future to ensure competitiveness by making digital creativity easily accessible to all young people regardless of their prior knowledge.
The main objective is to develop creativity and logical thinking through programming, and participants are also able to develop their maths skills and practice their English. Hello World! engages with Swedish business and industry, universities, foundations, the public sector and other non-profit organisations in order to collaboratively make the activities available to children and young people across the country.
Through Innovation Zones located in every Cybercom office, we dedicate our time and competence through various projects in order to encourage innovation, curiosity and contribute to a better and more sustainable tomorrow. Through our Innovation Zones, we take responsibility for our future colleagues in the connected world, by enabling and managing projects for students together with local universities.
Head of Sustainable Strategy & Business Development
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