By Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of MX Business, Samsung
When I started my career at Samsung 25 years ago, I was a young engineer with a passion for technology and all it could do. Over the years, the capacity for mobile innovation has exceeded even my lofty expectations. It has brought us conveniences and abilities that enhance our lives, but it has also given us the opportunity to to be better. The ability to connect without proximity allows us to break down barriers and work together to progress. And with humanity facing some of its most complex challenges yet, we need to collaborate and innovate solutions more than ever. That’s why I believe mobile technology has a vital role to play in helping us protect our planet.
Samsung has always challenged what is possible with technology. And now we are taking another step to put sustainability at the center of our innovations. From eco-friendly materials to global partnerships, we explore every opportunity to help power the world with mobile technology that serves as a tool for positive change.
Innovate with impact
At Samsung, we’ve been on the journey for years, marrying sustainability and innovation by using recycled materials in our smartphones, apparel and accessories. In addition to our ongoing efforts to use more environmentally friendly materials, including recycled PCM (post-consumer materials), the new Galaxy smartphones and tablets that were unveiled in our last unboxing used selected components containing 20 % recycled ocean-bound plastic from abandoned fishing nets.
We have focused our innovation efforts on one ubiquitous and particularly dangerous type of plastic waste that harms marine life and our natural ecosystems: abandoned fishing nets. Every year, 640,000 tons fishing nets are left in and around our oceans. With the help of like-minded partners, we’ve found a way to repurpose them into a new high-performance material that can be integrated into critical Galaxy S22 series components. Now, more and more Galaxy devices will play a small role in reducing plastic waste in our oceans.
I know we still have a long way to go. And at Mobile World Congress 2022, we’ll share our next wave of innovations that incorporate ocean-related recycled plastics.
Using technology as a force for good
At Samsung, we believe in creating mobile technology that has a positive impact on the environment and putting the power of our Galaxy ecosystem in the hands of passionate changemakers.
I have seen this first hand with our growth Generation17 initiative, which Samsung is leading in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme. Generation17 empowers young activists to tackle pressing issues like climate change, education and more, so the world can move forward towards the goal Sustainable Development Goalsalso known as the Global Goals, by 2030. And with the recent addition of six new young leaders, the program now covers countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East and supports work across all 17 Global Goals.
This is how mobile innovation fuels transformation. This amplifies simple gestures and individual voices and brings them together to achieve great global change.
We need collective action
I’m impressed by how people are helping to change the world with Galaxy, and I promise our work doesn’t stop there. Samsung will continue to develop innovative technology that crosses barriers, connects communities and solves the climate crisis.
Samsung is ready to do more. We will take action, hold ourselves accountable and share our journey – from our successes to our challenges and lessons learned. We will act with our industry peers, with developers, with the Galaxy community, with everyone, to strengthen technology as a force for good.