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Community Responsibilities

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Huawei is an active, productive member of the communities in which we operate. We believe in the power of communication, and work to promote digital inclusion and socio-economic development in local communities using ICT solutions. We value collaboration, and work with governments, customers, and non-profit organizations to organize a wide range of charitable activities. From cultivating ICT skills to promoting gender equality and fighting COVID-19 with technology, our efforts have a positive and ongoing impact on local communities.

Seeds for the Future Program

Launched in 2008, the Seeds for the Future program is Huawei's longest-lasting flagship CSR program, and the one in which we have invested the most. This program helps train highly-skilled ICT professionals in the countries and regions where Huawei operates, and facilitates local ICT industry development. The program brings together outstanding students from all over the world, and provides them with opportunities to learn about advanced ICT solutions and engage with global industry leaders and experts. The experience they gain in cross-cultural communication helps them broaden their horizons and learn more, sowing the seeds for their future success in the ICT industry.

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STORY-First Online Seeds for the Future During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seeds for the Future program was held online for the first time in 2020. COVID-19 has isolated many people, but the Internet has reconnected the world. As online programs are not subject to geographical limits, we were able to hold a range of activities to expand the program's scope and influence. Ultimately, the 2020 program attracted over 3,000 students from more than 100 countries, of whom one third were women.

  • 3,000+

    students from 100+ countries participated in the online program

We have established a permanent open learning platform for this program, through which participants are able to access online courses and resources anytime, anywhere. We organized a series of live webinars where industry experts, professors, researchers, and enterprise executives discussed global hot topics with the young students and answered their questions. We also encouraged Huawei's local offices to design localized extension courses. The Seeds for the Future 2020 program still had opening and closing ceremonies, to which we invited local government officials, key opinion leaders, and researchers so that they could see how the students had developed and learned. More than 400 stakeholders engaged with the students as part of the program, and gave very positive feedback.

2020 marked the 12th anniversary of the Seeds for the Future program. We have created an alumni group for all participants of the program on LinkedIn. This provides them with an avenue where they can make friends with peers in the ICT industry anytime they want. In the alumni group, we push posts, polls, and videos about ICT skills, career development experience, and alumni news. We also organize activities specifically for program alumni, such as online forums and dialogues with experts. At the end of 2020, we held the first online year-end celebration of the Seeds for the Future program, bringing together more than 2,400 alumni from more than 110 countries and regions. Together, we bid farewell to 2020 in a positive and enjoyable way.

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Participants in the Seeds for the Future program attending online training

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An alumnus of the Seeds for the Future program watching the 2020 online year-end celebration

For more information about the Seeds for the Future program, please visit: https://www.huawei.com/minisite/seeds-for-the-future/

STORY-Guinea: The Seeds for the Future Program Helped Students Win Major Internship Offers

In October 2020, Huawei launched the second Seeds for the Future program in Guinea. This program aims to help local ICT students keep pace with the forefront of digital transformation. The Guinean President, Minister of Education, Minister of Telecommunications, representatives from local carriers, and more than 150 guests from universities attended the opening ceremony and extended heartfelt congratulations and encouragement to the participating students. President Alpha Condé called on the students to value this program and seize the opportunities it offered to learn more about ICT and other relevant skills. He said he hoped that the students would help drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution and contribute to faster local socioeconomic development.

Because of COVID-19, the program combined online and offline training to give students the best possible experience. Huawei Guinea worked with the Telecommunications Ministry, Education Ministry, and charitable organizations to provide participants with the devices and online resources they needed to learn new ICT skills, and encouraged them to learn independently. During the program, there was a period when participating students lost network connection due to a country-wide network outage, but the students continued to learn and quickly caught up with the courses after the networks were restored. In the end, all participants earned their graduation certificates, and 10 top-performing students received internship offers from major companies in Guinea.

The Seeds for the Future program has met all our expectations. Through this program, we have enriched our understanding, and made new friends. The training on 5G, AI, and cloud computing in particular will help us grow and contribute to the industry in Guinea. ——Oumar Traore, who came first in the second Seeds for the Future program in Guinea

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Students at the opening ceremony of the Seeds for the Future program in Guinea

Creating Value for Local Communities

As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei actively organizes charitable activities in the countries and regions where we operate. We work with partners, including governments and both international and regional organizations, to benefit and support local communities. Over the years, Huawei has carried out a range of charitable activities and offered voluntary services to address problems facing local communities, facilitate the development of local culture, art, and sports, protect the environment, and support vulnerable groups.

In 2020, Huawei organized more than 650 charitable activities around the world. We stood with local communities through thick and thin, whether facing the outbreak of COVID-19 or supporting long-term projects like fostering digital skills.

STORY-Italy: Fighting COVID-19 Together, Giving Technology a "Human Touch"

In February 2020, COVID-19 began to spread rapidly across Italy. Italian hospitals and regional governments were confronted with unprecedented pressure and challenges. At that critical moment, Huawei worked with partners to provide pandemic prevention supplies, digital devices, and other assistance to Italian regional governments, hospitals, and communities. We showed our care for the Italian people and stood with them to weather the challenging time together.

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Experts from Italian and Chinese hospitals discussing COVID-19 prevention and control using Huawei's videoconferencing system

Donation of Materials

As the virus spread rapidly in Italy, basic healthcare supplies were in serious shortage. Huawei donated supplies to the Civil Protection Department, a number of regional governments, hospitals, and partners responsible for the operation of Italy's infrastructure, to help protect the health and safety of local residents.

Healthcare Service Support

The COVID-19 pandemic also put heavy pressure on local healthcare resources, and all hospitals were quickly overwhelmed. To help hospitals diagnose and communicate with patients more efficiently, and to cut the workload of medical staff, Huawei donated videoconferencing systems, network gateways, and AI-powered diagnostic equipment to many hospitals across Italy. Huawei also supported online meetings between Chinese and Italian hospitals so that they could discuss their respective experience with the disease.

More than Medical Care

People in the pandemic particularly need warmth and care from others. Together with our partners, Huawei donated electronic devices to critically ill patients and locals who were quarantined at home so they could better communicate with their families and friends even though they were physically separated. This gave technology a human touch. Huawei also sponsored the online charity concert The Heart of Jazz, held by the Italian Red Cross. The concert paid tribute to people working on the front lines against COVID-19, and collected donations to support them. It was broadcast live in 11 countries across Europe.  

STORY-Japan: Fighting COVID-19 with Technology to Weather the Challenge Together

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Huawei donating pandemic prevention supplies
to Aichi Medical University in Japan

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Japan, the country faced a serious shortage of local medical supplies. Meanwhile, attempts to import supplies from abroad were frustrated as a large number of international flights had been suspended. After overcoming many difficulties, Huawei managed to find a way to ship these urgently needed supplies to Japan. Huawei also sent its own staff to warehouses in Japan where they worked around the clock to ensure that the supplies were promptly distributed to people in need.

Huawei installed videoconferencing systems for multiple hospitals, local governments, and education committees in Japan, to help hospitals become more efficient and better communicate with other organizations. Huawei also provided assistance to the Kansai Economic Federation COVID-19 Medical System Foundation to help Japan's medical institutions improve their treatment systems for critically ill patients.  

STORY-South Africa: Building a Better Future for Kids with DigiSchool

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Huawei South Africa's DigiSchool project

According to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, 78% of South African fourth-grade students lack basic English reading comprehension abilities.

To improve this situation, Huawei launched the DigiSchool project together with South African carrier Rain and non-profit education organization Click Foundation in July 2020. Following calls from the South African government, this project aims to ensure that all children can fluently read and understand their course content before they finish the third grade.

The project plans to connect 100 local primary schools to the Internet within a year. As part of the project, Huawei provides connectivity devices and funds to Click Foundation and high-quality learning resources to schools. Rain provides the 4G and 5G networks needed to connect the schools. By the end of 2020, this project had connected 29 schools, benefiting more than 22,000 students.  

STORY-India: Vocational Skills Training Center Helping Students Find Jobs

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The Vocational Skills Training Center in
India helps its students get jobs

In March 2020, India entered a nationwide lockdown in response to the spread of COVID-19. Huawei India quickly moved the courses it was already offering through its Vocational Skills Training Center to an online platform and encouraged students to continue studying.

As India began gradually lifting lockdown restrictions in June, the center's faculty visited 436 families and enrolled 57 new students. They also improved students' learning experience by offering learning materials and online courses during these visits. The center also provided offline courses of appropriate size for students who did not have smartphones. This ensured that young people in rural areas had equal access to vocational skills training and employment guidance during the pandemic.  

STORY-Central America: Digital Education Ensuring School Continuity Despite Lockdowns

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Huawei signing an agreement with Ayudinga
and the Panamanian government

Because of COVID-19, basic education could not continue in many countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Huawei provided local schools with cloud solutions and devices using our ICT solutions. Huawei also partnered with UNESCO to plan and carry out digital education projects in multiple countries, ensuring that schooling could continue despite the lockdown.

In Panama, Huawei provided cloud solutions and platform resources to help Ayudinga, an online education charitable organization, develop better content for their digital education platform, which is available to students throughout all of Spanish-speaking Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina. This support was widely praised by international organizations, governments, and local education institutions.

In El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Panama, students in remote, under-developed areas lacked the digital devices needed for online learning, so Huawei provided new devices to ensure they had equal access to education during the pandemic.  

Promoting Gender Equality

According to the ITU, in 2019, the proportion of women using the Internet globally was 48%, compared to 58% of men. There is still a huge gap between men and women in terms of Internet access and usage, as well as participation and leadership in the technology sector. Huawei believes that in the digital era, more opportunities and support must be given to women to ensure they are competitive in the digital economy. This has been proven to promote social integration, inclusiveness, and diversity.

In 2020, Huawei Senior Vice President Chen Lifang became one of the founder members of the Chinese Chapter of the BRICS Women's Business Alliance (WBA) and signed the WBA Declaration. The alliance is committed to supporting the development of women entrepreneurs, and Huawei is active in calling for more training and better incentives for women in technology and innovation.

To this end, Huawei has launched the Women in Technology initiative to share the stories of some of the great women working at Huawei and to increase the visibility of gender equality issues. Huawei also participates in and organizes forums and summits around the world where women in the technology sector can make their voices heard and promote gender equality.

For more information about the Women in Technology initiative, please visit: https://www.huawei.com/minisite/future-talents/en/women.html

STORY-Europe: HUAWEI4HER Program for Women in Technology

In 2020, Huawei launched a series of HUAWEI4HER activities across Europe to help boost women's voices in the technology sector. This program received positive feedback from people of all circles.

In March, Huawei held its first Women in the Digital Era event in Brussels where female tech experts shared their own experiences and discussed how to eliminate stereotypes and attract more women into the technology sector. They also shared stories about the positive role women have played in leading the fight against COVID-19 within the technology sector.

In June, Huawei hosted leaders from Finnish political, academic, and non-profit sectors to discuss Finland's successes in gender equality.

At the Huawei Innovation Day hosted in Poland in November, HUAWEI4HER was a key topic of discussion. The event included discussions and debates on how to improve gender equality, diversity, and inclusiveness in the technology sector.

In December, a Huawei representative delivered a keynote speech at the Women in Tech Summit in Poland. A female executive from Huawei Poland was named one of 15 Outstanding Women in Poland's 5G Industry. Huawei and a local foundation launched the Digital Inclusion program in the Businesswoman of the Year competition to motivate female tech entrepreneurs in relevant fields.

In addition, Huawei Europe published a series of Women Power Talks on its official website. In these videos, senior stakeholders shared stories about women's power in the technology sector, trying to expand the scope of the discussion around gender equality issues.

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First Women in the Digital Era event in Brussels

SOTRY-Ireland: TECH4HER Scholarship for Women in Technology

In 2020, Huawei Ireland offered the TECH4HER Scholarship for women in technology at two Irish universities – the University College Dublin (UCD) and the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin). In its first year, the program awarded scholarships to 11 female undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) at the two universities.

This scholarship supports women in STEM majors, and encourages more women to work in the ICT industry. Scholarship winners will also have opportunities to talk with mentors at Huawei R&D centers and to engage with experts from across the ICT industry.

Scholarships will be available to students at more universities, to provide coaching to groups that are underrepresented in the ICT industry, including women and students with disabilities.  

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Huawei Ireland offers TECH4HER scholarships for women in technology

STORY-Uganda: Supporting Female Entrepreneurs

In 2020, Huawei Uganda worked with the Uganda Communications Commission on the ICT Startup Competition. The winner of this year's competition, Vouch, was an app developed by female entrepreneur Evelyn Namara. This app serves as a government information sharing platform to help farmers in remote areas obtain information and resources from the government and NGOs. This app has improved local farmers' living standards by sharing information and increasing farm efficiency. Huawei Uganda provided assistance to Vouch and produced videos featuring the app. Vouch has now expanded its workforce to include eight full-time employees and attracted nearly 30,000 active users.

Namara's story has been widely publicized in local communities, in order to encourage more women to see ICT as a potential tool for realizing their dreams and helping the people around them.  

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Ugandan entrepreneur Evelyn Namara

STORY-Kenya: ICT Training for Women Through the WITH Initiative

In 2019, Huawei Kenya launched the Women In Technology Huawei (WITH) program. By working with industry partners, including the Kenyan carrier Safaricom, CIO magazine, and other channel partners, Huawei has organized a series of activities focused on many different groups and topics, including ICT training for aspiring female entrepreneurs working in SMEs, and industry events. The program is helping women improve their ICT skills and promoting gender equality across the industry.

In 2020, WITH organized a three-day ICT training program for female entrepreneurs working in SMEs in Kenya, covering AI, big data, cloud computing, and other cutting-edge technologies. By the end of 2020, more than 1,000 women had benefited from WITH activities.  

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Huawei WITH initiative: Promoting gender equality in the ICT industry

STORY-Cote d'Ivoire: ICT Skills Training for Women with DEA

In July 2020, Huawei Cote d'Ivoire started working with DynExcAfrica (DEA), a charitable organization for women. Huawei donated computers, laser printers, and other resources to DEA, and helped DEA improve their ICT education and training for young women in Cote d'Ivoire. Multiple training sessions and activities for women were hosted by Huawei with DEA's support.  

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Huawei donations to DEA

Respecting Human Rights

Huawei adheres to all applicable international and national laws and policies and develops products and services in compliance with international standards and certifications. Huawei respects all basic human rights as promoted by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We strive to ensure that our business activities will not adversely impact human rights. Huawei has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2004, and has been a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) since 2018. In addition, Huawei is committed to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and standards released by the International Labour Organization (ILO), among others.

Huawei believes that connectivity is a basic right for every human being. We are committed to building better network connectivity and providing convenient and affordable information and communications services to billions of people around the world using our innovative technologies. Ubiquitous broadband and connectivity will create new jobs, promote development, decrease poverty, and improve quality of life. In addition, connectivity will help us respond to global challenges, reduce the human impact on the environment, and provide essential communications services to support rescue and relief efforts during natural disasters.

Key Areas

Building on its existing corporate sustainable development organization, Huawei has strengthened its management of key areas that may have an impact on human rights. This team is responsible for managing and overseeing any adverse impact on human rights that may exist within our business activities and supply chain.

  • Ensuring that technology is used to benefit humanity: Technology should be used to enhance human, social, and environmental well-being. Huawei opposes the misuse of technology that may have an adverse impact on human rights. We carefully evaluate the long-term and potential impact of our new technologies on society in the design, development, and use of our products, and work hard to ensure that our products and services are used in accordance with their commercial purpose. To address the unknown risks that may arise from the widespread use of new technologies, Huawei has expanded its existing processes and governance programs, and we are committed to working with our suppliers, partners, and customers to manage any potential negative impact of technology development.
  • Protecting privacy: Huawei attaches great importance to privacy protection, and we take our responsibilities seriously. We comply with all applicable privacy laws worldwide, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Huawei has embedded privacy protection requirements into our corporate governance and every phase of our personal data processing lifecycle. We follow the principles of privacy and security by design and by default and conduct privacy impact assessments before the release of any product or service, especially when they involve sensitive personal data or sensitive usage. Huawei also requires our suppliers to comply with requirements for personal data protection. A total of 473 Huawei privacy professionals have been certified by the International Association of Privacy Experts (IAPP), placing Huawei among the top companies globally.
  • Safeguarding labor rights: Huawei supports and protects the rights of its employees through detailed, equitable regulations that cover all stages of an employee's relationship with the company, including recruitment, employment, and exit. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees. When it comes to employee recruitment, promotion, and compensation, we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, age, or disability. We prohibit the use of forced labor, whether overt or covert, and all use of child labor.
  • Maintaining a responsible supply chain: Huawei works closely with our suppliers. We comply with our customers' sustainability requirements and any audit requests. In turn, we require that our suppliers respect the rights of their employees, build sustainability systems that conform to industry standards, and comply with legal requirements with regards to environmental protection, health and safety, privacy, and anti-bribery compliance. Huawei has a comprehensive qualification process for all new suppliers, and carries out annual audits on current suppliers. All suppliers are evaluated based on their sustainability performance, the results of onsite audits, and the completion of any corrective actions.

Respecting human rights has been a long-standing focus for Huawei. In compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and standards, we actively communicate with international organizations, governments, and industry institutions to develop human rights standards and guidelines in the use of new technologies, especially those technologies that are likely to be widely adopted. At the same time, we will continue optimizing management mechanisms to promptly identify, manage, and mitigate any related vulnerabilities or impact within our organization.