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White Paper: Building Back With Purpose for a Safe, Equitable and Connected Future

Technology has played a momentous role in responding to the Covid-19 crisis: supporting healthcare, enabling businesses and governments to function remotely and keeping people connected in lockdown. This speaks directly to the social impact goals of many companies around the world, whether that is to safeguard the health and safety of employees, bring communities together or improve access to vital services like health and education.

01 September 2021 • 1 min read

Many of the technological advances that have come out of the pandemic have changed our lives for the better, even as we grapple with the economic and social fallout of the new world it has created.

This white paper from NTT and WSJ Intelligence includes a survey of over 350 CEOs, asked about the corporation’s role in society, their social impact strategies, the stakeholders involved, and how that strategy was affected by the pandemic. This survey also examined CEOs’ confidence in a range of new and emerging technologies and how those innovations might help the world to tackle some of the biggest social challenges.

Read on to discover:

  • How Covid-19 has shaped corporate strategies with a renewed focus on health and wellbeing, the future of work and global supply chains (70% of CEOs reported a ‘massive’ or ‘substantial’ impact on their supply chains when asked about impact of societal issues);
  • Why executive-level commitment from the CEO and the board is so important for embedding social purpose in the business, and the success of of social impact programmes (80% of stakeholder-centric executives see social impact strategies as essential, not separate from, financial returns);
  • In what ways technology can power social impact, from cybersecurity to communication networks and sustainability, and in what areas further investment and development is needed (such as biotechnology, digital twins and quantum computing) to realise its full potential in building back better.

Download to read the full white paper to find out how other business leaders are embedding purpose into their strategies for the long-term benefit of our environment as well as the long-term success of their organisations.

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