Lechnology can no longer be satisfied with meeting the sole objectives of profitability, productivity or automation. It must allow organizations to make a long-term commitment to respond to current crises of all kinds, economic, health, environmental and societal, and to the mistrust of their stakeholders.
But this “tech for good” is it a fashionable concept or a basic trend? If we judge by the speeches of students from Grandes Ecoles – HEC, AgroParisTech… –, technology must serve the common good. No more question for them to join companies or public organizations without prior guarantee of their proven commitment to reduce the negative environmental and societal impacts of their products and services.
For the younger generation, technology should be used for sustainability and not for profit and exploitation of our finite environmental capital. 76% of students surveyed in 2020 as part of the “Talents: what they expect from their job” barometer (IPSOS, Boston Consulting Group and Conférence des grandes écoles) said they were looking for a job that made sense to them. , and 62% said they were ready to refuse a position in a company with no social and environmental commitment.
“Tech” at the service of the ecological transition
Behaviors that the health crisis and global warming have only accentuated. Today, a whole section of the younger generation expects companies to produce solutions and technologies serving the common good. By exploiting huge amounts of complex data in cases such as the “Panama Papers”, whistleblowers and journalists are, without doubt, the pioneers of this movement.
By making information available simultaneously anywhere in the world, they have made digital a technology working for transparency. Then, with the development of new technologies such as connected objects or virtual reality, other applications were added.
Technology has been put at the service of health, with the possibility of identifying metastatic tumors of cancer, of accessing consultations in isolated areas by video, of sharing medical records or even of monitoring people remotely. dependent. These technologies also make it possible to respond to the problems of reducing discrimination and inequalities or the inclusion of people with disabilities.
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