Xiaomi has acknowledged alleged environmental risks by its suppliers after being accused of violating disclosure requirements relating to environmental pollution in its Hong Kong IPO filing.

In early May, the company was called out in a report by environmental groups for withholding knowledge about environmental risks in its supply chain from documents submitted ahead of the company’s initial public offering. It later acknowledged the shortcomings in its filing to the China Securities Regulatory Commission, marking the first such admission by the smartphone manufacturer, according to the environmental groups.

The report, co-authored by the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) and SIP Lvse Jiangnan Public Environment Concerned Center (PECC) accused Ichia Technology (Suzhou), Xiaomi’s flexible circuit boards and control panels supplier, of repeatedly discharging wastewater illegally through a hidden pipe, contaminating waters near the manufacturing site. Wastewater samples collected by the groups showed the copper concentration was 195 times higher than legal standards and the pH value was 2.64, out of compliance with the standard value of six to nine.

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Jiefei Liu

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com