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2014-04-11

Ericsson: Ericsson Emphasizes Responsible business, energy and Technology for Good in 2013

* Responsible business approach strengthened within human rights and sales
compliance, responsible sourcing and anti-corruption
* Improvements in the company's activities and products with regard to
energy, environment and climate change: Psi coverage solution and Radio Dot
System are two innovative products improving coverage with reduced energy
footprint
* Milestones for Technology for Good programs: First wave of Connect To Learn
students graduate in 2013 and refugee connection platform extended to
address Syrian refugee crisis

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has published its 21stSustainability and Corporate
Responsibility report summarizing its performance during 2013. Highlights
include: a solidified approach to responsible business including rigorous
compliance processes; energy efficient solutions from the company's product
portfolio; and extended reach in providing access to communication for all,
including refugees and students in remote areas.

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "Sustainability is
increasingly integrated into our business strategy. I firmly believe that our
commitment to sustainability and CR enhances our competitiveness, and the
actions we take today will enable positive business outcomes in the future."

From the perspective of responsible business, Ericsson is the first in the
industry to conduct a full human rights impact assessment in line with the
new United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The
assessment in Myanmar resulted in prioritized action areas but also helped to
create a solid foundation that is now operational with recently-won business
in the country.

In light of recent international developments related to Iran, Ericsson has
decided not to phase out equipment deliveries. The intention is to engage
with customers. At the same time the Sales Compliance Board decided to
conduct a new Human Rights Impact Assessment based on this foundation.

The emphasis on conducting business responsibly takes a full value chain
perspective. It begins with supply chain and extends through Ericsson's own
operations including the sales process, where the sales compliance board
examined more than 200 cases during 2013.

The anti-corruption program is in focus and some 85,000 employees have taken a
training course outlining the company's policies and standards.

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
says: "This area continues to gain importance to all our stakeholders and we
are focused on building a strong foundation for corporate responsibility
within the company. This does not mean incidents can never happen, but it
means when they do, we have strong operational processes in place to handle
them."

In energy and environment, Ericsson reports improvements in its own activities
and products in operation. Ericsson set a target to reduce CO2e emissions by
30% per employee by 2017. The full-year reduction for 2013 was 10% per
employee.

Examples from the portfolio include the Ericsson Psi Coverage Solution,
introduced last year, and Ericsson Radio Dot System. Psi Coverage Solution
uses a single radio unit to provide the same 3G coverage as an ordinary base
station equipped with three radio units. Psi Coverage Solution has been
deployed across 11 markets during 2013 and has proven to reduce power
consumption by 40%. Ericsson Radio Dot System, which revolutionizes indoor
coverage, reduces power requirements by more than 50% compared to traditional
Distributed Antenna Systems, and prolongs battery life of end-user devices
used in enterprise environments.

Technology for Good programs, which aim to increase access and affordability
to communications, have reported significant progress in 2013.

Connect To Learn has expanded steadily to positively impact some 40,000
students in 14 countries. In 2013 Ericsson focused on establishing a
baseline for measuring impacts, and published the report calledICT in
Education.

Another program aims to assist in the global refugee crisis, which affects 42
million people according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. At the end of 2013
there were 250,000 people registered on the Refugees United mobile platform
that helps refugees search and find each other. In response to the current
humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring countries, Ericsson recently
announced the launch of the service together with three mobile operators:
Zain in Jordan, Avea in Turkey, and Asiacell in Iraq.

During the year, Ericsson, Facebook and a number of other tech giants took a
step closer to realizing the benefits of mobile communication through the
announcement of a global initiative calledInternet.org.

Ericsson has set an objective to positively impact 2.5 million people directly
through our Technology for Good initiatives by 2016.

Weidman-Grunewald concludes: "At the end of the day a sustainability report is
only a snapshot of performance. It will fall short without the people,
processes and governance behind it. Building the robustness of our programs
has been a big focus for us in 2013, in all areas of Sustainability and
Corporate Responsibility."

NOTES TO EDITORSThe report has been assured by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The GRI G3 guidelines
have been used in compiling the Report and a complete GRI compilation appears
online. Ericsson's Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report 2013
achieved an A+ application level.

Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video
atwww.ericsson.com/press

Ericsson's Technology for Good photo collection can be found at
www.flickr.com/ericsson_images

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in
communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with
every major telecom operator in the world allow people, businesses and
societies to fulfil their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband
and the cloud
- are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business,
increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new
opportunities.

With more than 110,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries,
we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support
networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the
world's mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments
in research and development ensure that our solutions - and our customers -
stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales
in 2013 were SEK 227.4 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on
NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACTEricsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 10 719 69 92
E-mail:media.relations@ericsson.com

Ericsson Investor Relations
Phone: +46 10 719 00 00
E-mail:investor.relations@ericsson.com

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