Huawei is committed to creating value for the communities in which we work. From local governments to international and regional organizations, we work with partners to create a positive, lasting impact, and we leverage innovation and collaboration to address economic, environmental, and social issues. As a responsible corporate citizen, we believe in the power of communications to connect people and enable access to information across all boundaries. Technology should be made accessible to all, as digital inclusion is key to progress in the economy, education, and healthcare. We are aware that access to education is vital for creating opportunities that support sustainable and fair development. We recognize the responsibility for everyone to take part in protecting the world's natural resources and addressing climate change. We support the development of countries and communities in which we operate by contributing to their welfare, health, and disaster relief needs.
The Seeds for the Future Program Nurtures ICT Professionals
The Seeds for the Future program provides students in various countries and regions in which Huawei operates with unique opportunities to learn about and access advanced ICT and products. Through this program, Huawei shares the ICT knowledge and experience it has gained during its global business operations, and helps students broaden their horizons and gain more ICT knowledge and skills. These students will eventually drive their own local ICT industries and the global ICT industry forward. This program acts as a bridge for communication between different countries and cultures, allowing young people from around the world to learn from each other.
Seeds for the Future Program
In 2019, 1,130 students from 111 countries and regions visited and studied at Huawei's headquarters as part of the Seeds for the Future program. 2019 also marked the 11th anniversary of the Seeds for the Future program, and by the end of the year, about 5,800 students had participated.
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2019 was the third consecutive year for the Seeds for the Future program in Argentina. With the continued support of the country's Ministry of Modernization and Ministry of Education, the program has covered 55 universities across 16 provinces and cities.
In November 2019, the program was given the EIKON (a major communication award in Argentina) Silver award in the category of Sustainability in Education in recognition of Huawei's ongoing contributions to Argentina.
Closing ceremony for the program in Shenzhen
In May 2019, Huawei launched the Seeds for the Future program in Yangon. More than 50 attendees were present at the launch event, including Vice Chairman of the National Education Policy Commission, the Rectors' Committee, the Myanmar Investment Commission, rectors, and representatives of program participants.
Dr. Zaw Wai Soe, Chairman of the Rectors' Committee in the Ministry of Education, said, "Now, this is the opportunity for you to see the ICT in China and see how Huawei is working and how they are organizing. And this is an opportunity for you individually. Based on that, you can help us to develop our universities and in Myanmar. That's why I also like to say thanks Huawei for all these organizing and giving the chance for Myanmar students and Myanmar universities. That will be very helpful for us in future."
Closing ceremony for Myanmar students in 2019
Huawei is dedicated to advancing Guinea's education system and ICT industry. As part of this goal, Huawei launched the first Seeds for the Future program in Guinea in February 2019 in collaboration with the President's Office and Communications Ministry. In May, 10 outstanding students set off for China for a two-week study trip. In the first week, they were immersed in Chinese culture, including Mandarin lessons in Beijing. In the second week, they visited Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen to study ICT, including Huawei's exhibition center and 5G lab.
On June 12, the closing ceremony of the program was held in Guinea's capital and attracted nearly 200 guests, including government officials, rectors, and student representatives.
Program participants on the Great Wall
Contributions to Local Communities
A company will earn the support and respect of a community only if it considers the impact of its operations and takes effective measures to help local communities. This can include helping local communities improve their living conditions, supporting traditional activities, empowering disadvantaged groups, and supporting local education. As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei remains committed to social contribution programs and working with community organizations to contribute to charity events such as disaster relief, health, and social welfare.
In 2019, Huawei started over 170 social contribution programs where we served local communities, provided tangible benefits, and positively influenced socioeconomic development. These programs came in many forms, such as helping to solve local issues; volunteer services; supporting events for culture, art, sports, and environmental protection; and supporting disadvantaged groups, including women, children, the impoverished, and those with serious health issues.
Below are some of Huawei's social contribution programs for 2019:
Huawei India's umbrella CSR campaign "DAKSHA" (meaning excellence) focuses on promoting education by supporting the Indian government's goals for Digital India and Skill India.
The Huawei Telecom Sector Skill Development Center was launched as part of the program. In March 2019, the center was inaugurated by the then Union Minister of Telecom Shri Manoj Sinha in a ceremony attended by over 500 local stakeholders. The center works to address the skills gap in the telecom industry and improve youth employability, especially in rural areas. With the Telecom Sector Skills Council (TSSC, a quasi-government body) as its knowledge and certification partner, the center has trained 134 participants as customer care executives, handset repair engineers, and optical fiber technicians, with 56 trainees having already found jobs.
Inauguration of the Huawei Telecom Sector Skill Development Center in India
Uzbekistan: Smart Class Project
Huawei Uzbekistan implemented a smart class project in a new building of an ICT school named after Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi. The school was founded by the decree of President in 2017 and was directed to teaching future IT talent.
The smart class was presented to the President of Uzbekistan in December 2019 during his official visit to the school. Huawei's intelligent videoconferencing system CloudLink was used to visually demonstrate the educational process.
Smart class project in Uzbekistan
Bolivia: Donation for Disaster Relief During Amazon Fires
In September 2019, wildfires decimated large areas of Bolivia's Amazon rainforest, wreaking havoc on lives, property, and nature. Huawei donated funds and disaster relief materials, including those used for putting out the fires, to the Disaster Relief Commission of Bolivia's Ministry of Defense. The commission's representative was appreciative of Huawei's donations, stressing that the funds were much needed. The representative added that relief teams would collaborate efficiently and spend the money on the people and places hit hardest. The representative also expressed hopes that they would work and communicate more with Huawei to benefit the peoples of Bolivia and China.
Disaster relief materials donated to Bolivia
Poland: "One Thousand Dreams" Program
The "One Thousand Dreams" program is a five-year social contribution program. Through continuous investment in this program, Huawei aims to improve the digital skills of young people in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries, acquaint more people with the benefits of digital technology, and encourage them to work in the ICT sector and help their countries build an intelligent society. The program also provides care for children in these countries.
Through the program, Huawei will train 1,000 ICT professionals across 16 CEE countries and donate 1,000 books to university libraries and 1,000 toys to children's hospitals in each country over the next five years.
"One Thousand Dreams" program in Poland
South Korea: Programming Contests for Female High School Students
From 2015 to 2019, Huawei and Ewha Womans University (the top women's university in South Korea) hosted five programming contests for female high school students.
In 2019, the contest brought together 150 participants, and 18 won awards. It is South Korea's only ICT competition for female high school students.
Programming contest for female high school students in South Korea
Brazil: Centre for Competence and Innovation Development
Huawei and Brazil's National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel) established the Centre for Competence and Innovation Development – the world's first center for innovation and capability development between a business and universities. The Centre focuses on Fiber to the X (FTTx) and wireless solutions. It has four labs (wireless, transmission, data, and cyber security), with equipment donated by Huawei.
In addition to training much-needed communications professionals, the Centre also provides certifications that can serve as a passport to finding employment, with 95% of certified graduates having secured jobs. The Centre's achievements have been recognized by the industry and the Brazilian government.
Centre for Competence and Innovation Development in Brazil
Indonesia: Community Support During Ramadan
During Ramadan in Indonesia in 2019, Huawei launched a breakfast program for about 500 children from orphanages in eight cities, also donating books and stationery. In partnership with Nahdlatul Ulama, Huawei arranged for Eid al Fit, provided food, and signed an MOU on providing ICT training for about 1,000 children. After forests in Palembang and Pekanbaru were ravaged by fire, Huawei donated a healthcare center and provided masks, physical examinations, basic medicine, food, and water.
Donating food to an Indonesian community
South Africa: Training ICT Professionals
In 2019, Huawei's South Africa Representative Office established the National ICT Talent Development Project. It was created to help develop the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in South Africa and to nurture 10,000 4IR professionals in the country. The project has delivered a range of CSR programs, such as ICT competitions, telecom professional development, enterprise partner development, the Seeds for the Future program, 4IR technology training, and training for female employees of the Department of Communication and Digital Technologies (DCDT). These programs have benefited over 6,000 people and the ICT competitions have attracted over 10,000 participants.
Training for 10,000 ICT professionals in South Africa