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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Huawei Releases 2020 Sustainability Report- Tech for Good: Sustainable Social Development with ICT

In line with the annual sustainability report released for 13 consecutive years, Huawei has released its 2020 Sustainability Report. The 2020 report explains the major progress Huawei has made over the past year towards its four strategies of sustainability: digital inclusion, security and trustworthiness, environmental protection and a healthy and harmonious ecosystem.

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained global education and healthcare systems in a way that the world has never seen. With this, the company began to utilize its innovative ICT solutions to provide equal access to quality education and healthcare resources to people across different regions as it plays its part in the fight against the pandemic.

In 2020, Huawei rolled out its Skills on Wheels and Connection Schools programs in over 200 schools around the world which has benefitted more than 60,000 people. Huawei also used ICT solutions to assist the pandemic response in the communities where it operates and provided technical assistance to support local communities in nearly 90 countries.

As part of its efforts to achieve universal access to digital technologies and applications, Huawei provides 15 accessibility functions on its smartphones. Every month, about 10 million people maximize these functions as they enjoy a smart lifestyle.

Also in 2020, Huawei has helped in the protection of 22 areas that manage natural resources and protect diversity spread out across 18 countries through its digital technologies. Along with that came the RuralStar Pro solution which has made voice and mobile broadband services accessible for sparsely populated remote villages. Its RuralStar solutions now provide network coverage for more than 50 million people in remote communities.

"We believe that technology should be people-centric," said Tao Jingwen, a board member and Chairman of the CSD Committee of Huawei, in the report. "Technology should serve people in a manner that fully respects their rights by guaranteeing informed choice and consent."

Cyber security and privacy protection tops the list of Huawei's priorities. In 2020, Huawei released the Software Process Trustworthiness Capability Framework and Assessment Criteria. This has established a complete set of trustworthy coding production mechanisms. Towards the end of the year, Huawei was granted 2.963 patents related to cyber security and privacy protection around the world. Additionally, in the previous year, the company signed data processing agreements with more than 5,00 suppliers and has performed extensive due diligence to ensure compliance.

Despite the pandemic and being on the Entity List, Huawei continued to work towards its goal of ensuring smooth communications of more than 3 billion people worldwide and supporting network stability during over 200 disasters and major incidents.

"An intelligent world should be a green world," said Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, in the report. "Advances in technology can help us better understand and protect nature, mitigating the impact of human activity on the planet. We believe that technology can work in harmony with nature and help make this world a better place."

Huawei has focused on cutting carbon emissions, promoting renewable energy and contributing to a circular economy as part of its efforts to create a greener and more sustainable digital world. In 2020, Huawei's carbon dioxide emissions per million RMB of sales revenue showed a 33.2% decrease compared to the base year (2012) which has beat the target 30% that the company set in 2016.

In 2020, the global environmental non-profit CDP scored more than 5,800 companies for their efforts to tackle climate change, and Huawei was one of the few companies that were recognized with a prestigious 'A' score for its actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop low-carbon economy.

To promote renewable energy, Huawei devised digital power solutions that have generated 325 billion kWh of energy from renewable sources in more than 170 countries and regions combined- serving a third of the world's population. These efforts have resulted in a decrease of 160 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The company has also shifted to using more eco-friendly materials, designing its products for greater longevity and using sustainable packaging that reduce waste. These actions work towards promoting circular economy.

In addition to creating more business value for its customers, Huawei recognizes the importance of creating social value for all stakeholders and advancing progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Huawei cares about its employees and puts their safety first. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company took a number of steps to ensure the health and safety of employees and help suppliers and contractors safely resume work.

In 2020, Huawei organized more than 650 charitable activities around the world. Its flagship CSR program Seeds for the Future has benefited nearly 9,000 students from 130 countries and regions, and these young people will become a valuable talent pool for the ICT industry in the future.

Over the past year, Huawei continued to enhance its compliance program and engaged and collaborated openly and proactively with stakeholders to foster mutual understanding and trust. 

In the post-pandemic era, technology is poised to play an even greater role in supporting sustainable social development. Huawei is ready and willing to work with its partners, and use innovative ICT solutions to support progress towards the UN SDGs, and ultimately, to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

The 2020 Sustainability Report can be found at:


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