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Responsible Management of Minerals

responsible procurement of mineral raw materials

Huawei is committed to responsible procurement of mineral raw materials used in our products, including tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold (3TG), and cobalt. Responsible management of minerals is an integral part of our procurement CSR management system, including supplier qualification, supervision, and auditing processes. As a downstream company in the mineral supply chain, Huawei does not directly purchase any minerals, and there are at least seven tiers between Huawei and mining companies. Huawei requires that our suppliers do not purchase conflict minerals to ensure that their products never directly or indirectly fund armed conflicts or any other inhumane act. Huawei also actively works with global industry peers through industry initiatives like the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and the Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI). Together with partners both up and down the supply chain, we conduct supply chain surveys, create a complete list of all related smelters, and push these smelters to apply for or maintain the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) certification.

Huawei has established a risk-based system for the responsible management of minerals in accordance with the OECD's Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals. Each year, through this system, we identify suppliers of five conflict minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold, and cobalt. Using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) and the Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT), we urge suppliers to identify and investigate all smelters within their supply chain. We also require that all identified smelters do not purchase minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs), and urge smelters that have not obtained the RMAP certification to get the certification within a specified timeframe when necessary.