OPPO, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Saint-Gobain, co-hosted the 4th CSRtech Innovation Summit in Shanghai. Under the framework of UN (United Nations) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the summit aimed to identify innovative solutions for environmental and social challenges in the fast-changing world. Aligned with the brand mission “Technology for mankind, kindness for the world”, OPPO shared its understanding and experience in promoting sustainability in product design, manufacturing and operation, while calling on entrepreneurs to devise new ways to contribute to sustainable development through technological innovation.
This year’s CSRtech Innovation Summit focused on finding innovative solutions towards three goals: protecting our planet, driving sustainable business, and valuing human wellbeing. The platform allowed startups to engage with established industry players and investors, to whom they pitched their new products, services and technologies targeted at solving these goals. During the summit, OPPO shared its own experience in green product design, which included designs capable of reducing carbon footprint and cutting down on plastic waste, as well as lighter packaging designed. OPPO also introduced its trade-in service as a way of supporting the circular economy and reducing waste.
As a prelude to the summit, three CSRtech innovation and entrepreneurship workshops were held in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. At the Shenzhen workshop, OPPO invited the Youth Programme Officer from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China office to deliver a keynote speech on innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as Voibook Technology, a tech start-up focusing on accessible design for people with hearing-and-and speech impairments, to talk about their collaboration with OPPO on the City Voice Messenger project.
The summit received a significant number of applications from start-ups worldwide, from which only 12 outstanding start-ups were invited to participate in the pitch process. Among these 12 start-ups, Voibook Technology and SATOR Tech were awarded with the Outstanding Start-up in recognition of their idea. Voibook Technology is an innovative social enterprise dedicated to using AI technology to improve the communication status of hearing-and-speech impaired group. SATOR TECH aims to provide one-stop solutions for companies in the industry of energy, real estate and automobiles, based on self-developed AI and autonomous driving technologies.
Promoting sustainability through industry partnerships
OPPO has a long history of working with partners across the industry, including Orange and Deutsche Telekom, to drive sustainable development. In May 2021, OPPO was among the first companies to join the Eco Rating Initiative established by the leading mobile operators in Europe to assess the environmental performance of mobile phones based on an objective assessment of both life cycle and circular economy indicators. To date, OPPO ranks as one of the most sustainable brands in the initiative based on the durability, recyclability, reparability, climate efficiency, and resource efficiency of its mobile phones.
“As a major force in social development, tech companies not only have responsibilities to deliver innovation in science and technology for commercial gains, but also to address global challenges and issues,” said Scott Zhang, OPPO Vice President of Oversea Sales. “Aligned with our brand mission of ‘Technology for mankind, kindness for the world ‘ OPPO is taking actions to contribute to sustainable development throughout our manufacturing, operations, and product design.”
(Mr. Scott Zhang, OPPO Vice President of Oversea Sales, made the opening speech and shared OPPO’s actions in corporate social responsibility)
In the future, OPPO will continue to cooperate with different stakeholders to fulfill its social responsibility through technological innovations, building an open, reciprocal, and sustainable future for all.