The COVID-19 epidemic served as a reality check in many areas. The response to the pandemic was first and foremost human. For many of us, the period was nonetheless substantially digital. Digital practices have experienced a breakthrough in all aspects. These practices, new to some, will not go away when the virus subsides. In this regard, tech companies bear a heavy responsibility. We have known this for a long time and we have been talking about it every year since 2018, on the eve of Viva Technology, in the multi-stakeholder forum of the Tech for Good Summit. The scale of the challenges facing tech firms has grown steadily during the past three years, at a time when access to and mastery of digital technology are valuable keys to education, health or work. This is also a time when the environmental footprint of digital is uncertain, and when the under-representation of women in science and technology highlights the need for professional equality in the digital sector.

On each of these issues, with the methodological, strategic, and knowledge support of McKinsey teams, the member companies of Tech for Good undertook commitments during the 2019 Summit and have since begun to implement them. Faced with the epidemic, they reacted to the crisis by rapidly mobilising resources.

There is still so much to do! Tech for Good members : companies, corporate groups, SMEs, and startups, are eager to transform themselves and, together with the support of civil society and the research community, find development models that put digital at the service of humanity, rather than the other way round.

The next Summit will provide an opportunity to collectively draw up a report on actions that have been undertaken, and to explore how to mobilise digital technology and artificial intelligence responsibly to meet major humanitarian challenges. The crisis we are going through will leave traces. We have the responsibility to build the fairer world that our children expect, one in which innovation contributes to the common good.

Emmanuel Macron President of the French Republic

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic

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The initiative

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Tech for Good is composed of five groups of 15 to 20 organizations from different types and sizes:

  • The Tech for Education group aims at training students in technology while supporting technology usage in education.

  • The Future of Work group addresses the skill-shift needs brought by the unprecedented technological disruption caused by automation and digitization by defining and promoting trainings on soft-skills and technological skills.

  • The Tech for Diversity group aims to promote gender equity and a business ecosystem that promotes inclusion, mainly by increasing representation of women in leadership positions and tech roles.

  • The members of the Tech for Economic Inclusiveness group aim at reducing inequalities by digitally empowering their ecosystem—including staff, clients, partners, suppliers, communities, and stakeholders.

  • The Tech for Environment group has the objective of decreasing environmental footprint in line with the Paris Agreement and promoting tech solutions to achieve it. Furthermore, the Tech for Environment group has been analyzing how to participate in a “green recovery” from the current crisis.

Over the past twelve months, the five groups developed new cross-company initiatives while delivering on the engagements taken by the more than 80 CEOs during the 2019 Summit. When the COVID-19 crisis broke out, they analyzed the impact of the pandemic on each of their areas of focus and developed concrete actions to face the challenges brought by the crisis.

Overall commitment of Tech for Good workstreams by 2022

Overall commitment of Tech for Good workstreams by 2022

Overall commitment of Tech for Good workstreams by 2022

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The members are:

Tech for Education

Co-chairs:

Jean-Laurent Bonnafé BNP Paribas

Ginni Rometty IBM

Group members:

  • Alexandre Dayon (Salesforce)
  • Eric Hazan (McKinsey)
  • Ginni Rometty (IBM)
  • Guillaume Faury (Airbus)
  • Jean-Laurent Bonnafé (BNP Paribas)
  • Jimmy Wales (Wikimedia Foundation)
  • Joe Schoendorf (Accel Partners)
  • Joseph (Yossi)
  • Vardi (DLD) Julie
  • Sweet (Accenture)
  • Ken Hu (Huawei)
  • Michel Paulin (OVH)
  • Mo Ibrahim (Mo Ibrahim foundation)
  • Olivier Cotinat (Schoolab)
  • Pascal Cagni (Business France)
  • Patrice Caine (Thales)
  • Paul Hudson (Sanofi)
  • Pierre Dubuc (Open Classroom)
  • Pierre Louette (Les Echos)
  • Xavier Niel (Iliad)

Future of Work

Co-chairs:

Dara Khosrowshahi Uber

Stéphane Richard Orange

Group members:

  • Alex Karp (Palantir)
  • Benjamin Blavier (Article 1)
  • Bernard Liautaud (Balderton)
  • Catherine Guillouard (RATP Group)
  • Daniel Dines (UiPath)
  • Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber)
  • Emmanuel Grenier (Cdiscount)
  • Jacquelline Fuller (Google.org)
  • Jean-Pierre Farandou (SNCF)
  • Kevin Sneader (McKinsey & Company)
  • Ludovic de Gromard (Chance)
  • Ludovic Le Moan (SigFox)
  • Marylène Vicari (Liberté Living Lab)
  • Michel Sebban (Fitec)
  • Elisabeth Borne (France)
  • Paul Duan (Bayes Impact)
  • Sebastien Bazin (Accor)
  • Stanislas Niox Château (Doctolib)
  • Hayden Brown (UpWork)
  • Stéphane Richard (Orange)
  • Sundar Pichai (Google)
  • Tim Collins (Ripplewood)
  • Tony Elumelu (United Bank for Africa)
  • Will Shu (Deliveroo)

Tech for Diversity

Co-chairs:

Jean-Paul Agon L’Oréal

Christian Klein SAP

Group members:

  • Alizée Lozac’hmeur (Makesense)
  • Charlotte Hogg (Visa)
  • Christian Klein (SAP)
  • Gilles Pelisson (TF1)
  • Glenn Fogel (Booking.com)
  • Guillaume d’Hauteville (Deezer)
  • Homayoun Hatami (McKinsey & Company)
  • Ismael Ould (Wynd)
  • Jean-Claude Ghinozzi (Qwant)
  • Jean-Paul Agon (L’Oréal)
  • John Chambers (JC2 Ventures)
  • Julie Ranty (Vivatech)
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
  • Marlène Schiappa (France)
  • Megan Clarken (Criteo)
  • Mitchell Baker (Mozilla)
  • Niklas Zennstrom (Atomico)
  • Robert Swan (Intel)
  • Sunil Bharti-Mittal (Bharti Enterprises)

Tech for Economic Inclusiveness

Co-chairs:

Philippe Wahl La Poste

Young Sohn Samsung

Group members:

  • Alexandre Zapolsky (Linagora)
  • Börje Ekholm (Ericsson)
  • Bruno Le Maire (France)
  • Chuck Robbins (Cisco)
  • David Gurle (Symphony)
  • Eric Salobir (OPTIC)
  • Frédéric Bardeau (Simplon)
  • Greg Wyler (One Web)
  • Kai-Fu Lee (Sinovation Ventures)
  • Nicolas Dufourq (BPI France)
  • Philippe Corrot (Mirakl)
  • Philippe Wahl (La Poste)
  • Stéphane Pallez (La Française des Jeux)
  • Vincent Huguet (Malt)
  • Young Sohn (Samsung)

Tech for Environment

Co-chairs:

Claire Waysand Engie

Antonio Neri Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Group members:

  • Antoine Hubert (YNSECT)
  • Antonio Neri (HPE)
  • Bertrand Piccard (Solar Impulse Foundation)
  • Barbara Pompili (France)
  • Claire Waysand (Engie)
  • Denis Machuel (Sodexo)
  • Emmanuel Freund (Blade)
  • Florian Douetteau (Dataiku)
  • Frédéric Mazella (Blablacar)
  • Jack Dorsey (Twitter & Square)
  • Jacques Aschenbroich (Valeo)
  • Safra Catz (Oracle)
  • Sarah Pedroza (Hello Tomorrow)
  • Satya Nadella (Microsoft)
  • Thibaud Hug de Larauze (Back Market)
  • Tristan Harris (Humanetec)
  • Grégory Labrousse (Nam.R)

The work of these five workstreams is coordinated by the French Presidency, with the strategic and knowledge support of McKinsey teams led by Eric Hazan, Senior Partner. The Summit has also benefited from the support of Maurice Levy, Chairman of Publicis.