As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, Global e-sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and RBA (Responsible Business Alliance - previously EICC), Huawei is committed to being a responsible global corporate citizen. We insist on ethical procurement and actively work to promote sustainable development of the supply chain.
The upstream cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion batteries is known to potentially involve serious violations of human rights. Therefore, Huawei attaches great importance to this segment of the supply chain. We require our suppliers to ensure that they are not intentionally or unintentionally encouraging human rights abuses in these high-risk areas. Our suppliers are required have a policy to reasonably prevent and reduce the risk that cobalt in the products that they manufacture directly or indirectly help to finance or benefit groups that may contribute to or be perpetrators of serious human rights abuses, or serious environment and health and safety concerns in affected countries and areas. Our suppliers are required to exercise due diligence over the sourcing and chain of custody of these minerals and make their due diligence measures available to customers upon customer request.
The issues that exist within the cobalt supply chain in the lithium-ion battery industry are extremely complex. Addressing these issues will require the commitment and cooperation of businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Huawei continuously supports industry collaboration to address supply chain social responsibility issues. We continue to participate in such efforts with customers and suppliers through the Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI) and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) to seek a sustainable solution to cobalt supply chain issues.
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