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2015-04-14

Ericsson Sustainability Report 2014: Technology for Good programs benefit four million globally

* Ericsson portfolio enables Technology for Good(TM) programs now benefitting
four million people around the world in areas like financial inclusion,
education, and humanitarian response
* Ericsson is the first ICT company to report according to the new UN Guiding
Principles on Business and Human Rights Reporting Framework
* Latest radio platform, Ericsson Radio System, enables 50 percent
improvement in energy efficiency which mitigates the increased energy
consumption required to meet growing demands for data
* Carbon footprint target is on track to reduce 30 percent CO2e per employee
by 2017, with 10 percent reduction achieved in 2014

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has published its 22nd Sustainability and Corporate
Responsibility Report summarizing its performance during 2014 in the areas
of: Responsible Business; Energy, Environment and Climate; and Communication
for All.

During 2014, Ericsson further strengthened the company's approach to human
rights and business, broadened its focus on Occupational Health and Safety to
be more inclusive of supply chain activities, and enhanced portfolio and
operational efforts to reduce environmental impacts associated with energy
consumption. Alongside this, Ericsson surpassed targets for providing access
to communication for all in the areas of education, banking the unbanked, and
humanitarian response, and positively impacted four million people around the
world with its Technology for Good programs.

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "In the Networked Society,
everyone and everything will be connected in real time. As a leading ICT
company, our role is to drive this transformation, opening up new ways to
innovate, to collaborate and to empower people, business and society. We want
to ensure that connectivity paves the way for environmentally sustainable and
equitable social and economic development."

Ericsson is the first ICT company - and one of just five across all industries
- to report according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human
Rights Reporting Framework, which was established earlier this year,
demonstrating the company's commitment to transparently managing human rights
risks throughout its operations. Ericsson also conducted Human Rights Impact
Assessments in Myanmar and Iran in order to address human rights challenges
within the scope of company operations.

Ericsson's emphasis on conducting business responsibly takes a full value
chain perspective. It begins with supply chain and extends through the
company's own operations, including Occupational Health and Safety where a
"Zero Incidents" program was established, with a focus on capacity building
among suppliers, in order to tackle and reduce the number of severe incidents
in the supply chain.

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate
Responsibility, Ericsson, says: "Our ambition to be a responsible and
relevant driver of positive change in the Networked Society starts with
conducting business responsibly. Each year brings new challenges and
opportunities, but sustainability and corporate responsibility have become an
integral part of our mindset and identity, and the impact we want to have on
the world."

In the area of energy and environment, Ericsson reports improvements in its
own operations, as well as products in operation. Ericsson, a company with
more than 110,000 employees, is on track to reduce CO2e emissions by 30
percent per employee by 2017. The full-year reduction for 2014 was 10 percent
per employee.

As Ericsson's most significant environmental impact is the energy used by its
products in operation, the company puts emphasis on helping customers
optimize their networks. The new Ericsson Radio System enables a 50 percent
improvement in energy efficiency, which will mitigate the increasing energy
consumption required to meet growing demands for data.

Together with the UK Government's Department for International Development
(DFID), Ericsson and partners have joined forces as part of DFID's Girls'
Education Challenge to launch the education program, Connect To Learn, in
Myanmar. This collaboration is Ericsson's first public-private partnership
with a government. The deployments will benefit 11,000 students over the next
two years. Connect To Learn is now active in 21 countries around the world.

In 2014, ASBANC, Peru's National Bank Association, selected Ericsson to design
and implement its Mobile Money project, the country's largest private
initiative for financial inclusion. ASBANC estimates that 2.1 million
Peruvians will benefit from a mobile wallet by 2019 and the initiative is
designed to bring financial services to all, including remote and poorer
communities.
Ericsson and the International Rescue Committee entered a partnership aimed at
connecting and providing support for those impacted by health crises, natural
disasters and conflict-driven humanitarian crises. Initial deployments during
2014 focused on the Ebola response in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Weidman-Grunewald concludes: "By working in partnership on a range of
sustainable development challenges, we develop a true understanding of the
trade-offs and impacts our business has in the world. With this insight and
our commitment to technology for good, we can be positive change-makers in
the Networked Society."

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Ericsson Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report

The 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 2014
achieved an A+ application level.

Report: Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility 2014

Photo collection: Technology for Good

Website:Ericsson sustainability and corporate responsibility

Blog:Technology for Good

Technology for Good programs:

Connect To Learn

Ericsson Response

Refugee reconnection

Millennium Villages

Youth Peacemaker Network
Report:Transformative Solutions for 2015 and beyond

Report:The role of ICT in the Urban Agenda

Report:ICT and Human Rights

Report:Ericsson Energy and Carbon Report

Video:Sustainable Cities in the Networked Society

Video:ICT in Education

Video:Connect To Learn

Video:Addressing the Ebola Crisis

Video:Transforming Humanitarian Response

Video:Ericsson Response in South Sudan
Technology for Good social media channels:

www.twitter.com/ericssonsustain

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

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, business and society
to fulfill 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 approximately 115,000 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 2014 were SEK 228.0 billion (USD 33.1 billion). Ericsson is listed on
NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

www.ericsson.com

www.ericsson.com/news

www.twitter.com/ericssonpress

www.facebook.com/ericsson

www.youtube.com/ericsson

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Ericsson 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

Press release_Ericsson S&CR Report 2014
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Hans Vestberg_Ericsson President and CEO
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Elaine Weidman-Grunewald_Ericsson VP Sustainability and CR
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