Antai Global Corporate Lab: A CSR study of Huawei Together with Cornell University

Publisher:International Office    Time:2021-07-15

On July 12, 2021, after three-month hard work, the Antai Global Corporate Lab Program released a corporate social responsibility study -- “Digital Involvement and Poverty Alleviation: A Huawei Approach” under the supervision of Professor Haitao Yin from Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Chair Professor Chris Marquis from Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University. The Lab team consists of 2 IMBA students and 1 MIB student.

The research project was arranged and organized by the Antai Global Corporate Lab Program (“Lab”). The lab seeks to gather students from Antai and top business schools overseas to tackle real business challenges identified by multinational corporations in China, under the guidance of Antai and overseas faculty supervisor.

At the project kick-off meeting on March 31, all Lab team members communicated in-depth with experts and executives from Huawei's Corporate Communications Department and Counseling Office through an online meeting. During the meeting, the Huawei experts gave a detailed introduction of Huawei and Huawei's achievements in sustainable development. In addition, the Lab project team made a virtual visit to Huawei's 5G showroom through online meeting. The Huawei Tech4all project leader provided a more detailed introduction of the sustainability project to the Lab team.

During the 3-month project period, the Lab team coordinated with Huawei closely and communicated internally and externally. After in-depth research and optimization, the Huawei CSR study was finalized. The project team authored a research report entitled "Digital Involvement and Poverty Alleviation: A Huawei Approach" (See the attachment for the details of the full report), which used Huawei's RuralStar project as a starting point to analyze Huawei's efforts in connecting the unconnected population. RuralStar is dedicated to providing network coverage in remote and rural areas to further solve the problems faced by traditional network coverage solutions, such as high construction costs and difficulties. In the context of the digital era, the network not only brings network communication connectivity to less developed regions, but opportunities for their economic, educational, and medical social development. What makes the RuralStar program unique is that it is not a charity project but a commercial product. The report can also be helpful for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, business enterprises, and any individual who is interested in the implications of using ICT solutions to promote economic development and alleviate poverty.