Huawei pilot scheme backs ‘green’ supply chain
Dubai, July 21, 2014
Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has launched a pilot scheme among 24 suppliers to support its global supply chain to go ‘green’, making its end-to-end operations more environmentally sustainable.
The scheme will extend 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 highlighted that the company reduced its own energy consumption by a further 42 million kWh last year, the equivalent of avoiding an additional 38,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Alex Deng, chairman of the Corporate Sustainable Development Committee, said: "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 minimising 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."
He pointed out that 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.
The power consumption of Huawei’s new network equipment last year was between 10 and 40 per cent lower than in the previous year when it was used in a customer’s netowrk, owing to improved energy efficiency of its latest products, said a statement.
The company has incorporated green ICT concepts into the entire lifecycle of all products, and continuously innovates to improve the energy efficiency of products and build green communications networks, it said.
In recent years, Huawei has invested heavily in the sustainable innovation of products. It invested more than $5 billion in research and development, much of this targeting improved environmental performance last year.
Meanwhile, Huawei has continued its programme of striving to build a 'better connected' world, and to find ways to ensure that the 4.4 billion people worldwide who don't currently have access to broadband can have the opportunity to do so.
"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.
In the Middle East, it has continued to invest in its programme to develop digital skills around the world. Huawei’s ‘Telecom Seeds for the Future’ initiative has been active in 23 countries worldwide with more than 10,000 students benefiting directly from the programme.
As part of Huawei’s ongoing initiative to help build a stronger knowledge economy across the Middle East, Huawei has recently announced the launch of a new internship programme to support Omani University graduates in pursuing a career within the region’s growing telecommunications industry.
The company has also sponsored students through a long-time cooperative programme with the UAE’s Higher Colleges of Technology which is aimed at bridging the digital divide through nurturing young talent and opening up ICT technologies for more communities across the globe.
In Kuwait, it recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kuwait University to enroll select Kuwait IT students in an education programme at Huawei’s headquarters in China. In the UAE, in association with the Dubai Municipality, Huawei has launched the Smart Oasis programme for the Rashid Paediatric Centre.
In Saudi Arabia, to further the enhancement of the kingdom’s technical education field, Huawei has partnered with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in which it will donate to the university a host of technology simulators to help mirror real-life working scenarios for students during their coursework. - TradeArabia News Service