Huawei
Information and communications technology
Global provider of end-to-end capabilities across carrier networks, enterprise, consumer and cloud computing fields. Founded in 1987 as a private company owned by its employees, and in 2012 became the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world.

Overall

Owned CHN
Rating F
About the Ratings
Huawei Investment & Holding Co Ltd
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Company Assessment

Huawei Investment & Holding Co Ltd
Praise
The Green Supply Chain Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) evaluates consumer-facing companies that have a sizeable supply chain in China. The evaluation uses government supervision data and public information to assess the environmental management of their supply chains in China. This company received a score of 57.82/100 (retrieved 24 Nov 2023).
Source: IPE (2023)
The 2023 Digital Inclusion Benchmark ranks 200 companies on their responsibility to advance a more inclusive digital society. The companies were assessed using four measurement areas: access, skills, use and innovation. This company ranked #32/200, with a total score of 49.5/100.
Criticism
This company appears on Burma Campaign UK's 'Dirty List' of companies assisting the Burmese military to continue to commit human rights violations and environmental destruction. Huawei is a Chinese communications technology company that has faced sanctions and restrictions from the American and other governments over security concerns. In Burma it works for the military owned Mytel mobile phone network, helping them develop their 5g network. Huwai also hosts apps for Mytel in its AppGallery. Huawai is also involved in the so-called 'Safe Cities' facial recognition monitoring system being installed in cities in Burma, which can be used by the military for the monitoring of activists and is a serious risk to human rights in the country. Huawei also helped facilitate the indirect purchase by Telenor of surveillance technology from German company, Utimaco which will enable the Burmese military to monitor Telenor customers.
As You Sow's 2019 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 215 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's score was 17.4% (Weak).
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including brands owned by this company. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's 2020 report estimates (somewhat conservatively) that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps.
Source: ASPI (2020)
Information
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Company Details

Type:
Private company
Revenue:
39 billion USD (2013)
Employees:
150,000 (2014)
Subsidiaries:
Huawei Technologies Co Ltd
Telecommunication products and support
Development, manufacture and sale of telecommunication products and the technical support and maintenance of electrical equipment and spare parts. One of China's largest telecommunications companies, with customers in 140 countries.
Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd
Telecommunications infrastructure
Established in Australia in 2004, Huawei technology is used by all major Australian operators across both fixed and mobile networks, as well as by consumers and businesses. In 2012, around 50% of Australians used a Huawei product for some part of their telecommunications needs every day.

Contact Details

Address:
Shenzen, Guangdong, China
Website:
http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/corporate-info/index.htm

Products / Brands

Huawei Australia
Huawei Tablets
Huawei Smartphones
Huawei True Wireless Earbuds
Huawei Laptops
Huawei Watch Fit Smartwatches