Huawei recently released its 2017 Sustainability Report demonstrating the initiatives undertaken in the year across four areas. They were:
- Bridging the Digital Divide
- Supporting Network Stability and Security and Protecting Privacy;
- Promoting Environmental Protection
- Building a Healthy Ecosystem
For the duration of 2017, Huawei has kept a detailed record of its operations comparing itself against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to achieve its strategic goals in sustainability. “At Huawei, we wish to leverage our expertise to build a sustainable, fully connected, and intelligent world”, said Dr. Howard Liang, Chairman of Huawei. “We see a future where every person, home, and organization enjoy the benefits of innovation and connection. As we encourage more inclusive and sustainable global economic growth, we sincerely hope to contribute more to our world and the future.”, he added,
Huawei has been adamant about contributing to sustainable development. They have identified that ICT is a key enabler of such sustainability. As such, they have gone the extra mile to increase their R&D and innovate in ICT. In 2017, Huawei’s WTTx solution helped resolve last-mile access issues in both densely populated cities and sparsely populated rural areas. WTTx is essentially a 4G & 4.5G-based broadband access solution, which uses wireless to provide fiber-like broadband access for a household. It reduces connectivity costs by 75% and makes network roll-out 90% faster.
Further, Huawei also deployed RuralStar 2.0. This is a solution for rural networks, for 12 carriers in eight countries. These countries include Thailand, Ghana, and Mexico. It helps increase network coverage in rural areas, allowing more people, especially those in under-developed regions, to access the internet. On top of this, Huawei’s Mobile Money solution enables carriers and banks to deliver reliable mobile banking services without adding too much to their asset base. The solution has been deployed in 19 countries and serves over 152 million users. This solution makes financial services simpler and more accessible, driving financial inclusion.
“We actively benchmark our operations against best industry practices to keep ourselves up-to-date. We now intend to set more aggressive goals and pursue innovation in sustainability practices, as this can help improve the sustainability of the whole industry,” said Kevin Tao, Board Member and Chairman of Huawei’s Sustainable Development Committee, when discussing Huawei’s future plans for sustainability.
Tao went on to add that “The road to sustainability must be one of openness and growth for the whole ecosystem. Only in this way can businesses generate commercial value sustainably and share success with other industry players.
The report by Huawei was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Huawei engaged Bureau Veritas, an external assurance provider, to verify the reliability, fairness, and transparency of the report.