Huawei Releases Sustainability Report with Focus on Digital Inclusion

Huawei released its 2018 Sustainability Report for the 11th year in a row. Over the past year, Huawei has been working to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), build a sustainable and more inclusive ecosystem with its industry partners, and execute its own sustainability strategies.

The 2018 report explains Huawei’s four strategies for sustainability: digital inclusion, security and trustworthiness, environmental protection, and a healthy and harmonious ecosystem.

At the launch event for the report, Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei said, “Huawei has been creating value for its customers through innovation. We are doing everything we can to bridge the digital divide and meet the world’s needs for connectivity,” Liang continued, “We want to make digital services more affordable and equally accessible to all, and to do our part in contributing to social and economic development.”

Liang explained that environmental protection is also a key component of Huawei’s sustainable development initiatives. He added, “Energy efficiency has become a major consideration for future communications networks. We have to use less energy to transmit more data, and reduce the overall energy consumption of power systems. ICT technologies can help.”

Huawei supports building a clean, efficient, low-carbon, and circular economy. The company is committed to minimizing its environmental impacts during its production and operations and throughout its product and service lifecycles.

The company makes ongoing efforts to work with all industry partners to build a low-carbon society. In 2018, Huawei used about 932 million kWh of electricity from clean energy sources, representing an emissions reduction of about 450,000 tons.

Kevin Tao, Board Member and Chairman of Sustainable Development Committee of Huawei, remarked, “We want to bring the benefits of digital technology to every person, home, and organization. To this end, we have launched a global digital inclusion initiative called TECH4ALL. For example, our RuralStar solution has connected 40 million rural residents as of the end of 2018.”

Tao added, “We currently provide communications services to over three billion people around the world, and we are committed to supporting secure network operations worldwide. We honor this commitment no matter what. For example,” he said, “In 2018, after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit Indonesia, Huawei was the first and the only vendor to the scene.”

Tao also announced Huawei’s new sustainability strategies, which include two major changes. First, Huawei has expanded its strategy of bridging the digital divide into a digital inclusion strategy. Building on connectivity, the company is now also paying more attention to applications and skills. Second, its strategy of supporting stable and secure network operations and protecting user privacy has been upgraded into the “security and trustworthiness” strategy.

Click here to read the full 2018 Sustainability Report.

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