What is Digital with Purpose?

Accelerating Action through Digital Technologies.

It’s ambitious - a Movement of leaders joining forces in a race to deliver against the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We believe in a world where technology, innovation and collaboration can transform the fortunes of our planet.

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We believe in a world where technology, innovation and collaboration can transform the fortunes of our planet.

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António Costa

Prime Minister of Portugal

"Digital Transformation is an opportunity to build a new balance between business, technological development and the respect for our fundamental rights and values.

It’s an opportunity to strengthen international cooperation, working together to tackle global challenges. That’s why I proudly subscribe this “digital with purpose” Manifesto.

It’s an opportunity to create an economy that works for people. An economy with a higher purpose. Where no one is left behind."

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Web Summit 2020: Digital Democracy with a Purpose

In a race to lead the digital era, is the European way of doing business – reaping the potential of tech and data, and preserving and building on the fundamental values of democracy, sustainability and ethical behaviour – the future for our society?

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Web Summit 2020: From Lip Service to Leadership

Are leaders truly committed to change or are they just paying lip-service to investors? Hear from the leaders driving some of the biggest telco organisations in the world as they discuss balancing ambition and success with purpose. 

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Jim Gowen

"Backing the Digital with Purpose Movement fits into our vision of creating a positive and enabling future for all and to truly empower an inclusive society while protecting the health of our planet."

Bernard Charles

"As members of GeSI, we are delighted to support the “Digital with Purpose” initiative to encourage all of the world’s leading ICT companies to join us in defining the role technology can – and must – play in building a sustainable future for us all."

Georg Kell

"As the pace of change is accelerating - bringing with it uncertainty but also huge opportunities - the Digital With Purpose Movement Is a very timely and most welcome initiative. It promises to play an important role in meeting the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals."

Jake Reynolds

"In the small window we have available to beat climate change, protect nature and deal with global inequality, we need to spark action across the technology value chain from suppliers to clients, and ultimately the public. Digital for Purpose aims to do just that and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership is pleased to be part of it. The initiative offers tech firms a uniquely positive, credible and long-term pathway to a sustainable future based upon tackling the Tech industry’s own footprint while enabling other sectors to transform."

Michael Kuhndt

"How can companies contribute to a good life for their employees and customers, ensure that digital resources are used in responsible ways and digitalisation is used to support the SDG and European Green Deal? Digital with Purpose is a unique framework for orientation and action that provides answers and evidence on those important questions. It´s very much needed as humans can give each technology development a purpose and companies have to be conscientious in leading in digitalisation that contribute towards a good life for all."

Lise Fuhr

"Ask yourself why you do what you do, and the world is already a better place. This is why we joined the Digital With Purpose movement. A main lighthouse of the European telecom sector is: let’s give society the digital tools it needs to face today’s historical challenges – ranging from climate change to inclusion and sustainable growth."

Abraham Liu

"Digital with Purpose is an ambitious framework that will guide companies towards a sustainable future. We at Huawei are fully committed to achieving its goals."

Malcolm Johnson

"The Movement advocates the need for the private sector to go beyond ‘business as usual’ and towards more responsible leadership with the need to fully integrate the UN 2030 Agenda, the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement into their core activities and organisational culture. Multi-stakeholder collaboration, partnerships and initiatives such as the Digital with Purpose Movement will be key towards our collective efforts to turn today's digital revolution into a development revolution for all."

Jason Goodall

"Sustainable development is central to our purpose of enabling the connected future. 2020 is the year of emergency action, where critical decisions need to be made by businesses. Now more than ever, the world needs brave solutions. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the climate crisis to the well-being of all life on earth, we believe that technology holds the key to solving some of the world’s greatest problems. That’s why we’re so proud to be the ‘Business Avenger’ for sustainable cities and communities."

Mohamed Cheriet

"In the last decade, Quebec has been able to position itself as a technological innovation hub in Canada and in North America. The talent and expertise that stem from Quebec, specifically in digital sustainable development technologies, and more generally in resilient and inclusive societal transformation, allows us to innovate with new ways to ensure that our impact is greener and more sustainable. The Government of Quebec is committed to fight against climate change and develop such sustainable strategies."

Veerle Vandeweerd

"The Digital with Purpose Movement is a timely, needed, and innovative way to move ICT companies, and by inference societies, onto more sustainable development paths aligned with the SDGs. Its ambition is to use the power and reach of digital technologies to leave no one behind. It is not a window dressing exercise by- and for- the private sector but a truly multi-stakeholder endeavour to transition in an efficient and engaging manner to more sustainable economic development patterns in an increasingly digitized world. The Platform for Transformative Technologies is proud to be a strategic partner in DwP and work with the DwP partners to establish and lead the DwP Education Working Group."

Antonio Costa

"Digital Transformation is an opportunity to build a new balance between business, technological development and the respect for our fundamental rights and values. It’s an opportunity to strengthen international cooperation, working together to tackle global challenges. That’s why I proudly subscribe this “digital with purpose” Manifesto. It’s an opportunity to create an economy that works for people. An economy with a higher purpose. Where no one is left behind."

Urs Schaeppi

"Swisscom is currently integrating its climate goal into the incentive system of the company. The reduction of our footprint and the increase of our handprint is an important purpose for our company."

Jamie Lin

"Taiwan Mobile recognizes the urgency of solving the world's most critical ESG issues through smart application of digital tools. We are proud to give our pledge to help move DwP forward and "Open Possible" towards a truly sustainable future with and for our stakeholders."

Dirk Messner

"Digital technologies could be game changers to trigger the urgently needed sustainability transformations. They could leverage the disruptions needed towards a zero-carbon, circular and inclusive society. But there is no automatism between the emerging technological innovations and shifts towards sustainability. It is a major challenge, to build the missing links between the two main transformations of our time: digital revolutions and sustainability transitions. The “Digital with Purpose Movement” is an important initiative which will make a real difference in this regard."

Punit Renjen

"At Deloitte, our purpose is to make an impact that matters and we embed this ideal in our work every day. We are proud of our role as secretariat to the Digital with Purpose Movement and strongly believe that the application of digital technology for social and environmental impact isn’t just necessary for the world, it is a huge opportunity for our clients to maximise their impact and ensure their long term success."

Jonny Shipp

"The Internet Commission welcomes GeSI’s Digital with Purpose Movement, as both timely and necessary. The Movement provides a roadmap for achieving sustainable development through – rather than despite – digitalisation. Our accountability reporting cycle supports this process of raising the bar for organisations, enabling best practices to be shared and understood in order to advance digital responsibility."

Luis Neves

"Those that embrace the need to responsibly accelerate the impact digital technology has on society and the health of our planet will reap the rewards. Those that do not embrace the need to accelerate a purpose-led impact can expect to suffer increasing scrutiny from shareholders, regulators and consumers."

Paul Dickinson

"How can companies contribute to a good life for their employees and customers, ensure that digital resources are used in responsible ways and digitalisation is used to support the SDG and European Green Deal? Digital with Purpose is a unique framework for orientation and action that provides answers and evidence on those important questions. It´s very much needed as humans can give each technology development a purpose and companies have to be conscientious in leading in digitalisation that contribute towards a good life for all."

André de Aragão Azevedo

"We need a Green Agenda and a Digital Agenda fully aligned. The contribution that the digital transition can give to accelerate the efficiency of processes and resource management, through technological incorporation is essential for the sustainability and the future of our economy and society."

Peter Lacy

"We believe that combining human ingenuity with technology provides business and society with the power to tackle global challenges and deliver the transformational decade."

Rogério Carapuça

"Sustainability is a most relevant trend and it requires immediate action by all organizations. Science and technology are the main allies we have in the search for solutions to the environmental, social and economic problems that affect our economies and societies. At APDC - Digital Business Community we believe in the power of collaboration, sharing and mutual help to achieve a sustainable future - that is precisely the spirit of this Digital With Purpose Movement that we proudly join."

Miguel Almeida

"As a reference company in the Portuguese telecom market, NOS is aware of the importance of its activity and its responsibility as an agent of social and economic transformation. Through digital technology, we have the golden opportunity of using our collective power to accelerate change and reshape our future."

Ridley Scott

“We are in a climate crisis. As storytellers, we have a duty to communicate the message to the world to act - and to act now."

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