Huawei implements the "green pipe, green operations, green partner and green world" strategy of environmental protection. We actively build a green supply chain by working with suppliers, customers and partners to promote environmental protection that improves the competitiveness of the industry and promotes sustainable development.
The Huawei Green Partner (HW GP) Program aims to ensure that no Huawei products or parts contain any chemicals banned by law or our customers. The program requires full compliance with environmental laws, directives, standards, and requirements. It inspires our suppliers to systematically manage their environmental protection efforts, and to follow green initiatives throughout a product's lifecycle, from green design to green manufacturing. By controlling the use of restricted substances from the outset, we can contribute to a greener supply chain. In 2016, Huawei certified 11 suppliers as Green Partners.
Since 2011, Huawei has been a member of the Green Choice Alliance, which was established by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE), a non-governmental organization. We have added a query function connected to the IPE's enterprise environmental database to our supplier audit list and supplier self-checklist. When query results show that a supplier violates environmental rules, Huawei immediately asks them to solve the problems within a designated timeframe. In 2016, routine queries about the environmental data of 500 key suppliers revealed 15 violations of environmental protection rules. Together with the IPE, we audited ten suppliers onsite and asked that they make improvements within a predefined timeframe to meet our requirements. On the IPE's 2016 Greening the Global Supply Chain – Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), Huawei was scored as the leading Chinese company and ranked 5th in the ICT sector.
In 2016, Huawei attended multiple workshops on green supply chain where we introduced our Three-Pillar Green Supply Model. We participated in formulating China's green supply chain management guidelines, as well as the green supply chain management and evaluation requirements of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). We recommended that environmental protection be incorporated as a procurement requirement into product certification and supplier qualification, so that procurement quotas can be used as a tool to drive continuous improvement in the environmental performance of both products and suppliers.
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of the Supply Chain
We always encourage our suppliers to audit their energy usage, identify opportunities to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions, study industry-leading practices and business case studies, and develop and implement their own energy conservation and emissions reduction plans. In 2016, a total of 20 suppliers took part in our program, together reducing CO2 emissions by 55,000 tons.