Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, plans to support its global supply chain to go ‘green’, making its end-to-end operations more environmentally sustainable. A pilot scheme currently underway among 24 suppliers will be extended to cover more suppliers gradually, by which time environmental performance will become a prerequisite for future commercial relationships. The initiative was announced as Huawei published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which highlights that Huawei’s reduced its own energy consumption by a further 42 million kWh in 2013, equivalent to an additional 38,000 tons of carbon emissions avoided.
“For Huawei, it is not enough to be commercially successful. We feel strongly that we must make social contributions in the 170 countries worldwide where we operate. We are 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. Mr. Deng said Huawei’s sustainability strategy is built on four pillars: bridging the digital divide, supporting stable and secure network operations, promoting environmental protection, and seeking win-win development.
Thanks to improved energy efficiency of Huawei’s latest products, the power consumption of Huawei’s new network equipment in 2013 was between 10% and 40% lower than 2012 when used in a customer’s network. Huawei has incorporated green ICT concepts into the entire lifecycle of all products, and continuously innovates to improve energy efficiency of products and build green communications networks. In 2013, Huawei was named one of China’s Top 100 Green Companies by the Chinese Entrepreneur Club, and received a best practice award from the United Nations Global Compact Network China in recognition of the company’s supply chain sustainability management.
In recent years, Huawei has invested heavily in the sustainable innovation of products. In 2013, it invested more than US$5 billion in research and development, much of this targeting improved environmental performance. Looking to the future, Huawei will embrace the sustainability opportunities of the circular economy, where products are designed from the beginning to be as recyclable as possible.