Huawei's 2018 Sustainability Report
Digital Inclusion: Driving Equal Access for All
LONDON, July 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Huawei has released its 2018 Sustainability Report announcing updates to the four key strategic areas of its sustainability strategy: digital inclusion, security and trustworthiness, environmental protection, and a healthy and harmonious ecosystem.
Huawei, which is striving to ensure equal access for all by bridging divides and bringing communities together, has been working hard over the past year to help achieve the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is building a sustainable and more inclusive ecosystem with its industry partners, while delivering on its own strategies. These developments are outlined further in the report, which is now in its 11th year of publication.
Key UK highlights of the report include:
- Details of an expanded digital inclusion strategy to ensure digital technology benefits every person, home, and organisation. This strategy builds on connectivity, to pay more attention to applications and skills.
- In the UK alone, official statistics show that five million people have never used the internet; meaning they are cut off from accessing vital services, help and information online. By launching its TECH4ALL initiative, Huawei looks to close this gap and bring digital technology to more people.
- For example, working together with the European Union of the Deaf and the British Deaf Association, Huawei has developed an app called StorySign so that deaf children can access stories. StorySign now supports translation of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, and Irish.
- During 2011 to 2018, over 250 UK STEM undergraduates from universities across the UK have taken part in the 'Seeds for the Future' programme. Last year, Huawei was pleased to have achieved gender parity among the students selected and sent to China.
- In the UK, Huawei is also progressing its ICT Academy including a £25 million joint research and collaboration group with BT at the University of Cambridge, a longstanding research partner, as well as co-operation with 35 universities and research institutes.
Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, said, "Huawei has been creating value for its customers through innovation. We are doing everything we can to bridge the digital divide and meet the world's needs for connectivity." Liang continued, "We want to make digital services more affordable and equally accessible to all, and to do our part in contributing to social and economic development."