Huawei aims for green supply chain
Environmental performance to become prerequisite for working with networking vendor
Huawei has announced plans to only partner with ‘green' companies in future commercial relationships.
In the company's 2013 Sustainability Report, Huawei says that it intends to make its supply chain more environmentally sustainable. A pilot scheme currently underway among 24 suppliers will be extended to cover more suppliers gradually, with the ultimate aim of making environmental performance a prerequisite for working with Huawei.
The sustainability report said that Huawei has reduced its energy consumption by 42 million kWh in 2013, which equates to saving 38,000 tons of carbon emissions.
The company has also said that much of its $5 billion annual R&D spend has gone towards improving the environmental performance of its products. Power consumption of new network equipment from Huawei was cut by between 10-40% from 2012 to 2013, and the company aims to design products to be as recyclable as possible.
"For Huawei, it is not enough to be commercially successful. We strongly feel that we must make social contributions in the 170 countries worldwide where we operate and be committed to minimizing our own carbon footprint as well as that of our customers and supply chain partners. We are also proud that we maintained network availability during almost 200 critical events and natural disasters during the year," said Alex Deng, chairman of the Corporate Sustainable Development Committee, at Huawei.
The Sustainability Report also highlighted Huawei's programs to bridge the digital divide. During 2013, its Telecom Seeds for the Future initiative was active in 23 countries worldwide with more than 10,000 students benefiting directly.
In the Middle East, the company has recently launched an internship program for Omani University graduates; it has a long running program to develop young talent with the UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology; it has recently signed an MoU with Kuwait University for an education program for students at Huawei HQ in China, also in the UAE it has launched the Smart Oasis program for the Rashid Paediatric Centre; while in Saudi Arabia, it has a partnership to supply technology simulators to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and it has also partnered with the Technical and Vocation Training Corporation (TVTC) to develop academic programs for students in the technology field.
"We want a world where broadband is available to all, where full connectivity is enabled between people, between people and things, and between things," said Deng.