Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by a commitment to sound operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-toend solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud technology and services. Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. With 180,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World.
Together with telecom carriers, Huawei has built over 1,500 networks, helping connect over one-third of the world's population. Together with our enterprise customers, we employ open cloud solutions and agile networks to drive efficient operations and agile innovation in domains like Safe City, finance, transportation, and energy. With our smart devices and smartphones, we are improving people's digital experience in work, life, and entertainment.
Huawei advocates openness, collaboration, and shared success. Through joint innovation with our partners and peers, we are expanding the value of information and communications technology to establish a robust and symbiotic industry ecosystem. Huawei is an active member of over 360 standards organizations, industry alliances, and open source communities, to which we have submitted over 49,000 proposals to drive standardization and pave the way for more effective collaboration. We have joined forces with industry partners to innovate in emerging domains like cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and 5G. Together, we promote ongoing, collaborative industry development.
Huawei generates tax revenues, increases employment, and stimulates the development of the ICT value chain in the countries where we operate. Perhaps more importantly, we deliver innovative ICT solutions that drive the digital transformation of all industries, thereby fostering economic growth and greatly improving the quality of people's lives.
As a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei has made a significant contribution to bridging the digital divide, leaving our mark in places asremote as Mount Everest and the Arctic Circle. We are keenly aware of the importance of telecommunications inemergency response situations. Having faced Ebola-affected areas in West Africa, nuclear contamination after the Japanese tsunami, and the massive earthquake that struck Sichuan, China, we hold fast in disaster zones to help restore communications networks and ensure the reliable operation of essential telecom equipment. To further promote sustainability, we help develop the next generation of ICT talent with our global Seeds for the Future program, in which we give college students from 96 different countries and regions around the globe the opportunity to visit Huawei's headquarters, undergo training, and gain first-hand experience in the ICT industry.
Inspiring dedication is one of Huawei's core values, and it manifests itself in many ways. We assess employees and select managers based on their performance results, as well as the extent of their responsibilities. We provide our teams with a global development platform, giving young team members the opportunity to shoulder greater responsibilities and accelerate career growth. In this way, we have enabled hundreds of thousands of Huawei people to yield ample returns for their individual efforts, and gain memorable life experience.
For the past 29 years, hundreds of thousands of Huawei people have maintained an unwavering focus on our core business, refusing to cut corners and rejecting opportunism. With a solid, practical approach to everything we do, we have invested patiently, amassing the long-term, focused effort that leads to great moments of technological breakthrough. Our ability to maintain this strategic focus boils down to our core values of staying customer-centric, inspiring dedication, persevering, and growing by self-reflection. The digital era has been generous. We will make the most of the historic opportunities it presents, and boldly forge ahead to build a Better Connected World.