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Corporate Citizenship

Bridging the Digital Divide, Connecting the Future

The rapid rate of development and modernization in the last century has come at the expense of our natural resources, and they are being increasingly depleted. There is also an ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor, resulting from unbalanced social and economic development. Therefore, sustainable development is now no longer just about the need to balance economic and social progress with concern for the environment, but also encompasses human and social factors, including the fight against poverty.

The declaration of the WSIS (the World Summit on Information Society) describes an Information Society "where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals, communities and peoples to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improving their quality of life". Here at Huawei, we offer innovative communication solutions to people worldwide, in order to help people around the world gain access to the Information Society. We continually strive to carry out our responsibilities as a corporate citizen, in order to ensure sustainable development.

Huawei aligns its CSR and business strategies to integrate sustainability into the core of business operations and conscientiously fulfill its CSR obligations. To this end, Huawei identified and assessed five key factors (Corporate Vision, Mission and Strategy, Key Risks and Opportunities, Stakeholder Requirements, Laws and Regulations, International Conventions and Protocols) that have the most influence over improving its performance and maximizing the economic, environmental, and social benefits of its operations.

Based on the ISO26000 standard, we established CSR risk assessment mechanisms and optimized the CSR management system in 2011.

Huawei’s CSR management system has integrated SA8000, an environmental, health, and safety (EHS) management system, a compliance management system, and other related systems, and has been developed further based on the ISO26000 standard.
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Through our “Bridging the Digital Divide” strategy, Huawei aims to better allocate information resources by developing effective communications networks in underdeveloped regions that would enable more people to have access to communications and information systems. To achieve this goal, Huawei is consistently expanding the coverage of communications networks in underdeveloped regions and providing training opportunities for local technicians and talent.

To sustain communication services and help bridge the digital divide, Huawei focuses its activities on three main elements: technology, funds, and knowledge transfer, which foster mutual support and improvement.
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Huawei focuses on enhancing employees’ awareness of and compliance with ethics. We attach great importance to employee health and welfare by creating a sound work environment and climate. We also ensure that dedicated employees receive reasonable and timely rewards. As the company continues to grow, we care about our employees’ career development by offering different paths for both international and local personnel to realize their own personal potential.
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Huawei has established ethical compliance organizations to strengthen employees’ legal awareness, integrity, and moral character. We have created a good environment for ethical compliance, which helps our employees consciously comply with laws and regulations as well as the company’s ethical guidelines. We have put in place a supervisory mechanism that features “points, lines, and sites” to ensure that fairness and ethical behavior are incorporated into our business operations. During the process of producing and utilizing products and services, we ensure that we comply with intellectual property laws and regulations, grow together with our peers, and create a favorable environment for development.

Huawei firmly believes that operations should be based on business ethics. Huawei defines bribery, corruption, intellectual property violations, and other similar behavior as major risks in business. Any behavior that violates the rules for fair play will have a negative impact on the company. Therefore, Huawei has introduced procedures to incorporate anti-bribery and anti-corruption principles into its operations. The IPR risks Huawei is exposed to include protection of its own IPR and respecting other companies’ IPR. Huawei will continue to adopt similar initiatives to ensure that the company complies with international intellectual property laws and regulations.
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The ICT sector is an energy-intensive industry with further user growth and traffic growth leading to greater energy consumption. Huawei realizes the importance of providing energy-efficient solutions. To address this issue, Huawei has implemented the “Green Communications, Green Huawei, Green World” strategy in its operations, products, and services.

Huawei fully considers the need for environmental protection and evaluates its impact on the key areas of resource and energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and waste handling procedures for its products, services, and business activities. This understanding allows us to develop innovative solutions that minimize negative environmental effects and maximize our active influence in facilitating the development of a low-carbon economy. Additionally, Huawei hopes to spread our environmental protection practices, such as energy conservation and emissions reduction, throughout society to achieve the goal of “Green Communication, Green Huawei, and Green World.”
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Huawei believes that the power of information and communication can transcend the boundary of economies, society, and regions. We are committed to popularizing communications technologies, increasing educational opportunities, and developing ICT talent. We actively join our partners, promote sustainable development, contribute to local communities, and enrich life through communication.
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To achieve sustainable development of our supply chain, Huawei requires our suppliers to be as committed to sustainable development as we are. We focus on the areas of ethics, the environment, health and safety, and labor conditions. The potential shortcomings of suppliers have multiple implications on a business, including loss of production and a negative brand image through association with the non-complying supplier. As an integral part of a company’s value chain, a risk to a supplier is also a risk to our company and our customers. We believe a supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That is why we require our suppliers to cascade our requirements down through the entire supply chain.
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A new focus of our CSR strategy is to regard stakeholder communication as a critical factor in all of our operations. Our goal is to continuously engage with our internal and external stakeholders to understand their views and address them by incorporating the issues raised into our business strategy and operations.
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Huawei develops our management processes and operation guides and implements our occupational health and safety management system to prevent accidents in many areas, such as manufacturing, project delivery, infrastructure, firefighting, vehicle security, and food safety.
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