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‘Terminator’ or ‘Terra-minator’? The Yuan announces its ESG manifesto
By Shifeng Wang  |  Jul 13, 2023
‘Terminator’ or ‘Terra-minator’? The Yuan announces its ESG manifesto
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Fears of AI leapfrogging human cognition and ushering in Doomsday abound. The current impact of AI and ML, which devour vast energy, yield tons of toxic waste, and cleave deep social chasms, gleans less notice. The Yuan hereby proclaims our ESG policy to help safeguard our Earth.

SHANGHAI - The Yuan is committed to being a responsible and sustainable global AI community. We recognize that our actions can have a significant impact on the environment, society, and governance, and we thus strive to align our operations with the principles of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. As a community with over 300 contributors, we hold true to our obligation to lead by example and act for the benefit of the world around us.

Environmental Responsibility:

We are dedicated to minimizing our environmental footprint and promoting sustainability. We commit to and practice:

1. Energy Efficiency: We prioritize energy-efficient practices in our operations, infrastructure, and AI technologies to reduce our carbon emissions.

2. Waste Reduction: We actively seek ways to cut our waste generation to a minimum and practice recycling and other responsible disposal practices within our community.

3. Conservation: We urge our contributors to adopt environmentally friendly standards and raise awareness about the necessity for ecological conservation.

Social Impact:

We are keenly aware of the significance of social effects and believe in applying AI for the betterment of society. We commit to:

1. Diversity and Inclusion: We cultivate a diverse and inclusive community, one where individuals from all backgrounds and identities are esteemed and valued and afforded equal opportunities to contribute and succeed.

2. Ethical AI: We prioritize the ethical use of AI technologies, ensuring that they are designed and deployed in ways that respect human rights, privacy, fairness, and ecological conservation.

3. Social Engagement: We actively join with communities and organizations to address societal challenges, promote AI literacy, and wield our expertise for the benefit of society.

Governance and Ethics:

We uphold strong governance and ethical standards to ensure transparency, accountability, and trust. We commit to:

1. Integrity: We conduct ourselves with honesty, professionalism, and rectitude in all our interactions, both within our community and with external stakeholders.

2. Data Privacy and Security: We champion the protection of personal data and ensure robust security measures to shield sensitive information.

3. Compliance: We abide by all relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards, and strive for continuous improvement in our governance practices.

Monitoring and Reporting:

We believe in transparency and accountability. To track our progress and communicate our ESG efforts, we undertake:

1. Regular Assessments: We conduct regular evaluations of our ESG performance, identifying areas for improvement and implementing measures accordingly.

2. Reporting: We provide transparent and comprehensive disclosure of our ESG initiatives, progress, and challenges, allowing our stakeholders to understand our performance and progress.

By adhering to these ESG principles, The Yuan aims to drive positive change, bring about a sustainable future, and create a thriving global AI community that makes a meaningful difference in society.

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