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Huwai
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Sustainability summary

Huawei has achieved the E-label. Very limited information is published about Huawei policy for sustainability. Huawei is not showing as much efforts or progress towards more sustainability as most of their competitors do. Therefore, more transparency and action is needed for Huawei.

Brand owner: Huawei
Head office: Eschborn, Germany
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Smartphone, Tablet
Free Tags: Accessories & Services

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Huawei sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 May 2016 by Norbert
Last reviewed: 17 May 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Huawei implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as energy efficiency management programs and sustainable product innovations (see link, page 50-53). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Huawei increased its climate footprint (Scope 1&2) of own operations from around 901,084 tons of CO2e in 2013, to 1,071,832 tons of CO2e in 2014. This represents an increase of around 18,9% (see link, page 53). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Huawei mentions having targets to reduce its climate emissions, but does not specify what these targets are. Source
4. Does the brand (company) publish the annual carbon footprint that also covers the major suppliers, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce these carbon emissions? Huawei aims to minimize climate emissions in its supply chain. For 2014, Huawei reports, that 53,652 tons CO2e (Scope 1&2) were emitted by 20 of its suppliers (see link, page 79). Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Huawei reports on the generation and use of renewable energy, but is not clear about the total percentage share (see link, page 52). Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? Huawei is not clear about it whether all new consumer products meet energy efficiency requirements by standards such as 'Energy Star' (see link, page 45). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? Huawei does not mention a policy to eliminate PVC or BFR's. Source
2. Has the brand (company) eliminated BFR's in all new products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates) in all its new products already? Huawei does not mention a policy to eliminate beryllium, antimony or phthalates. Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? Huawei does not mention whether benzene and n-hexane is banned in the final assembly of products. Source
5. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the full production chains? See remark for environmental policy question 4. Source
6. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? Huawei implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint, but does not publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product (see link, page 45-59). Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? Huawei does not mention anything about offering the charger as optional to the products. Source
8. Does the brand (company) source at least 10% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams and does the give a timeline to increase this percentage to at least 25% by 2025 ? Huawei implements measures to make use of bioplastics, but it is not clear what percentage of total plastic use is recycled (see link, page 48). Source
9. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Huawei implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, but does not publish the annual packaging volumes/weights per material type (see link, page 49). Source
11. Has the brand (company) a take back program and is the take back recyling rate higher than 5% of the weight of the annually products sold? Huawei does not yet specify a recycling rate related to annually sold products. Source
12. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold? See remark for environmental policy question 11. Source
13. Has the brand (company) an active policy in place to increase the product life-span of products, such as longer warranty periods or easy repair with easy ordering of spare parts? Huawei mentions it is working on a transformation towards a circular economy by, among others, prolonging the lifespan of its products. But, no clear best practice examples are presented yet (see link, page 55-57). Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? Huawei does not mention anything about replaceable batteries. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for Huawei products are provided via iFixit. Source
16. Does the brand (company) guarantee supply of spare parts and software updates for all products, for at least 3 years after end of production? Huawei does not mention anything about the availability of spare parts and software updates after end of production. Source
17. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? Huawei does not mention anything about an extended warranty period. Source
18. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint and is there a policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Huawei publishes the water use of its production in China (5,48 million m³ in 2014). But, it remains unclear whether data published for China represent Huawei's entire water footprint (see link, page 54). Source
19. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? A water and/or land use footprint that also covers Huawei's most important suppliers is not published yet (see link, page 54). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? Huawei does not publish a list of smelters. Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a clear policy to only source from smelters that have passed the conflict-free audits, and has the brand already achieved this for at least one metal/mineral? Huawei states not to procure or support the use of conflict minerals and requires suppliers to not procure them as well. Huawei refers to GeSi membership. However, the company does not give proof of progress. Source
3. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 1 initiative that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? Huawei is a member of the 'Conflict-Free Smelters Program' (CFSP) (see link, page 80). Source
4. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 2 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? Huawei does not mention membership at any other endorsed initiatives. Source
5. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 3 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 4. Source
6. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 4 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 4. Source
7. Does the brand (company) have a Code of Conduct (CoC) for both its own factories and those of its suppliers, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Huawei communicates it has developed a 'Supplier Sustainability Agreement', based on the 'Code of Conduct' (CoC) of the EICC. However, the 'Supplier Sustainability Agreement' can not be consulted online (see link, page 80). Source
8. Does the brand’s (company’s) CoC include at least 3 of the following workers rights: 1. a formally registered employment relationship 2. a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. a sufficient living wage 4. form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? See remark for labor conditions policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Huawei does not publish a list of suppliers. Source
10. Is the brand (company) a member of a multi stakeholder initiative (MSI), wherein independent NGO’s or labor unions are represented, that collectively aims to improve labor conditions and that carries out independent audits? Or does the brand (company) significantly purchase its supplies from factories certified by such MSI’s? Huawei is a member of GeSI, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative (see link, page 23). Source
11. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Are more than 95% of final manufacturing stage production facilities monitored for labour conditions? Huawei does not publish a comprehensive report on the results of its labor conditions policy. But, Huawei states to audit at least 90% of its procurement volume. However, the percentages of monitored or compliant final manufacturing stage production facilities remains unclear (see link, page 76-78). Source
12. Are at least 25% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
13. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
14. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct - including a living wage? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source