NXP has been undergoing a fundamental cultural transformation in the past few
years. Our purpose is to bring together
to create breakthrough technologies that make the connected world better,
safer and more secure. It’s an inspiring vision, rallying and galvanizing our
employees. It gives us a strong sense of identity and mission, helping to
innovate Tech for Good. But, it wasn’t that long ago that the notion of Tech
for Good was met with raised eyebrows in some corners of the company. How we
went from ambivalence to dedication was quite a journey.
I became involved in the
eXtreme Tech Challenge (XTC)
in 2019, when NXP started sponsoring the competition with the enthusiastic
support of our CEO Kurt Sievers. XTC is the world’s largest startup
competition, providing an exciting global platform to showcase the most
innovative and purpose-driven startups. The competition promotes Tech for
Good, supported by leading corporations, venture capitalists, foundations,
policymakers, universities and tech conferences, who pool their talents and
resources to tackle some of the world’s toughest technological challenges.
Ho Wai Wong-Lam, Strategy, Business Development, Team Builder, Tech for Good Volunteer
When I first got involved in XTC, I got a lot of well-intentioned advice from
some colleagues and even senior leaders who advised me not to waste my time.
In their eyes, NXP was mainly focused on the bottom line and corporate
sustainability wasn’t part of our DNA. They felt that activities such as XTC
were merely paying lip service to good causes and window dressing. Their
skepticism bothered me because I firmly believe that promoting Tech for Good
is completely consistent with the true spirit of NXP.
I shared my concerns with our CTO Lars Reger, who is very passionate about NXP
being a truly sustainable company. He told me that the transition from a financial-driven company to a purpose-driven one doesn’t happen
overnight. It takes dedication, inspiration and perspiration from employees
willing to stick their necks out and lead by example. Paraphrasing Mahatma
Gandhi’s famous aphorism, “be the change you want to see,” he challenged me to
be one of the guiding lights toward a new culture. Inspired by Lars’ passion,
I said, “OK then, let’s dare to believe that we can make a difference to NXP
and make Tech for Good a theme for our company.”
Since then, I have noticed a change of attitude within the company. For
instance, in 2019 and 2020, some of the NXP colleagues who were XTC volunteers
would occasionally voice doubts about how sincere we were about Tech for Good.
I responded by saying that we should become the change that we want to see. By
early 2021, I already sensed that the sentiment within NXP was changing as
more colleagues adopted the new sense of purpose, which is becoming
increasingly woven into our hearts and minds. Since 2021, no XTC volunteer has
shared doubts about our company’s sincerity, which is truly inspiring to see.
It shows to me that we are really on our way to becoming a more sustainable
Time and time again, I have found that our company's greatest asset is our skilled
and good-hearted people. When they are given the opportunity to do well and to
do good, they invariably choose both. This attitude provides a strong
foundation for our company's sustainable growth. Now we are on an exciting
journey of transformation together. I am inspired to work for a visionary
company that combines a true spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and
sustainability. Together we believe that we can do well as a company and do
good at the same time.
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