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
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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.
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Jean-Laurent Bonnafé BNP Paribas
Ginni Rometty IBM
Dara Khosrowshahi Uber
Stéphane Richard Orange
Jean-Paul Agon L’Oréal
Christian Klein SAP
Philippe Wahl La Poste
Young Sohn Samsung
Claire Waysand Engie
Antonio Neri Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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.