Huawei Technologies Company Limited, a global leading information and communications technology solutions provider, has been adjudged the best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Information Communication Technology (ICT) Company of the year, in Accra.
The award was given to the company at the 5th edition of the prestigious Ghana CSR Excellence Awards.
The award is a CSR-focused which is modeled after the European CSR Awards and concentrates mainly on how businesses respond to their internal and external stakeholders, environment and the society at large.
Commenting on the awards, Geoffrey Li, Director for Public and Government Affairs at Huawei, said the company is a responsible corporate organisation committed to contributing significantly to the development of the communities and people in the regions it operates.
He said, Huawei considers CSR at part of its operations and have over the years invested significantly in various initiatives, adding that it would continue to drive positive changes for a better connected world.
He said Huawei has undertaken significant CSR activities to merit the award and it include the “Huawei Ghana Seeds for the Future Programme”, a global initiative, which seeks to develop local ICT talents, enhance knowledge transfers and improve people’s understanding and interest in the telecommunications industry.
“In Ghana 75 brilliant students will benefit from the global flagship programme within the five -year period and 15 students excelling in various ICT disciplines would be selected each year to take part in innovative ICT training in China.
“This year, the first batch of young graduates who were selected from both public and private universities took part in the life changing experience in China and have already returned with certificates and wealth of knowledge in ICT and Telecommunications,” he added.
He also mentioned a memorandum of understanding with the Ghana Library Authority to renovate the Accra Central Library into ultramodern standards, with the first phase being completed and second phase to commence in December.
“In the health sector, Huawei has contributed significantly to healthcare with the donation of USD 100,000 to Ngleshie Amanfrom Community for the construction of a public toilet to encourage healthy environment and proper sanitation,” he said.
He disclosed that the company also undertook a joint CSR with Telecommunications giant MTN Ghana to donate ultramodern Neonatal and Intensive Care Unit to the Tamale Teaching Hospital to aid the delivery of quality healthcare to babies, among other donations to many hospitals across the country.
Mr Geoffrey gave the assurance that Huawei would continue to contribute significantly to the development and penetration of ICT in Ghana through CSR initiatives with ongoing constructions of community information centres in about four communities across Ghana, expected to be completed in late 2015 and early 2016.
“Huawei will continue to give back to communities as well as contribute to the development of the people for an accelerated growth and development in Ghana,” he said. GNA