Media reports and MPs have made a series of comments concerning Huawei inferring that it is an opaque organization under the control of the Chinese Communist Party. Since neither the UK media and many MPs are highly unreliable sources of factual information we decided to check out for ourselves "what" Huawei is.
Huawei was founded in 1987 as a producer of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and related devices. Their mission is to create a fully connected "intelligent world" by provide everyone with access to a leading edge communications network.
Huawei is a private mutual wholly owned by its employees. It has a share owning scheme involving over 100,000 employees. As a mutual, no government agency or outside organization holds shares in Huawei.
As a mutual, Huawei has a employee representative commission made up of 115 employee elected members. This commission elected the Chairman of the Board and 16 Board directors. The Board of Directors in turn elects four deputy chairs and three executive directors. Three deputy chairs rotate as chairman each leading the Board of Directors and Executive Committee during their session. The Board decides corporate strategy and operations management, and is responsible for customer satisfaction. Chairmen also chair the representative commission that decides important matters including profit distribution and capital increases.
As a company, Huawei works with customers, partners and other parties. In order to cultivate a broader ecosystem to drive technological advance and develop know how, Huawei works closely with suppliers, partners, industry organizations, open source communities, standards organizations, universities, and research institutes all over the world.