[Shenzhen, China, September 24, 2014]: Huawei today held the sixth Global Supplier Sustainability Conference in Shenzhen, China, with a theme of "Building a connected world — a greener supply chain and greater competitiveness". The conference brought together more than 100 global suppliers of Huawei, representatives from telecommunications service providers including British Telecom and guests from non-governmental organizations. Mr. Eric Xu, Rotating Chief Executive Officer, Huawei attended the conference and delivered the closing speech titled "Join Forces to Promote Sustainable Development and Build a Greener Supply Chain".
In his speech, Mr. Xu shared his view the current situation of global digital connectivity and the challenges concerning resources and the environment, he said, "Information and communications technologies facilitate social development, enhance people's lifestyles and assist enterprises in reducing energy consumption and improving automation, which further reduces their costs and increases their returns on investment." He added, "Huawei is committed to socio-economic and environmental sustainability. We leverage our expertise to bridge the digital divide and deliver high-quality digital connectivity for all. We always honor our commitment to supporting secure and stable network operations anytime, anywhere. We contribute to low-carbon economies by helping customers and industries improve productivity and reduce energy consumption. We integrate global resources, localize our operations and support technological and economic advancement in each market where we operate, committed to an inclusive and sustainable model of growth across the ICT industry and other sectors."
As a leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei has put in place a professional supply chain management system, which is constantly optimized. Mr. Xu noted, "Huawei has a significant supply chain. We believe that stable and healthy development of the supply chain is the key to the sustainability of the entire industry chain. Huawei, our customers, suppliers, and the suppliers’ suppliers form an ecosystem together. This ecosystem can only be healthy when every part of it is healthy. Hence, Huawei not only works hard to achieve sustainability but also works together with suppliers to improve their management and capability around sustainability. As an important part of our strategy, we incorporate environmental protection requirements into our end-to-end processes and further into the supply chain by sharing our understanding and experience with the ecosystem partners. We firmly believe that environmental protection can boost business innovation, reinforce competitive positions, and reshape traditional industries and mindsets. Therefore, we encourage suppliers to go beyond customer-driven compliance and risk management and embed sustainability as a basic ingredient into the business in strategy, operations and end-to-end lifecycle management. We call for deep collaboration from suppliers to explore innovation opportunities, develop new products, penetrate new markets, experiment new business models and improve business efficiency. When combined, these initiatives will go a long way in promoting sustainability across the industry chain."
The Huawei Global Supplier Sustainability Conference, has been held annually in Shenzhen since 2009. It forms a platform for customers, suppliers and partners to share industry best practices and to explore areas of cooperation and future trends in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.