China’s Huawei Technologies has released its 2010 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report which provides an overall review of the firm’s commitments and practices in regard to CSR activities, including implementing fair operations, practicing ongoing environmental protection, bridging the digital divide, enhancing supply chain CSR management, caring for employees, and offering community support.
The report, the company’s third, demonstrates Huawei’s efforts and contributions in driving the sustainable development of the economy, society, and the environment. The report, compiled in compliance with the G3 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), discloses Huawei’s efforts and practices in a systematic and standardized manner.
“An enterprise can survive, sustain its growth, and contribute to society only if that business consistently aligns its core values and operational responsibilities with its social responsibilities, rather than seeking merely short-term achievement,” noted Huawei’s chairperson Sun Yafang in a press statement.
In the period under review, and through its vision of “enriching people’s lives through communication,” Huawei applied its professional ICT experience to help bridge the digital divide.
“In 2010, Huawei joined the U.N. Broadband Commission for Digital Development, collaborating with leading global companies, and actively contributing to global social and economic development through broadband development,” notes the report.
The firm continued to grow its “Telecom Seeds for the Future” Program, enhancing communications skills in Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Bolivia. In Africa, Huawei donated telecom lab equipment worth US $ 1 million to three national universities in Ghana, in a move meant to provide opportunities for the students to apply what they learn in the classroom to practical situations.
To promote the development of the global low-carbon economy, Huawei signed the Voluntary Green Agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, promising to reduce the average energy consumption (AEC) per unit business volume of shipments by 35 per cent of 2009 levels before the end of 2012.
The company’s total shipment of products in green packaging exceeded 40,000 pieces in 2010, resulting in a reduction of annual timber usage by 6,100 cubic meters and carbon emissions by 12,000 tons.
Huawei also pays ongoing attention to improving the CSR of its suppliers and partners. In 2010, the firm held its second CSR training conference for its global suppliers in which leaders of over 170 global suppliers and partners, as well as representatives of world-renowned operators, such as British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and France Telecom, participated.
Huawei actively contributes to the development of communities where it operates. The company is committed to efforts and actions that enable it to make positive contributions to welfare, education, disaster relief and environmental protection in local communities.
After a major disasters, Huawei arranges for its employees to arrive at the site quickly, so that they can assist local telecom operators in repairing affected sites and recovering communications as soon as possible.
In 2010, Huawei contributed US $ 1.055 million to flood-stricken countries – including Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico, and Vietnam – to help local residents with disaster relief. After the 2010 earthquake in Qinghai’s Yushu County, Huawei employees voluntarily contributed funds in addition to necessary materials through the company’s Charity Association to help in the reconstruction of Yushu.