We are committed to the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations’ Global Compact, and we encourage our suppliers and business partners to share these values. We endorsed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011.
We believe on balance that more connectivity is better than less and that the technologies we provide are a social good that can support human rights by enabling free expression, access to information, exchange of ideas, and economic development.
The most direct human rights risks related to our company and business involve the potential misuse of the technology we provide, particularly where it relates to lawful interception capabilities and activities by governments that relate to the network infrastructure equipment that we design, produce and support for telecom operators.
Our Human Rights Due Diligence process helps ensure via our sales interface that human rights are not infringed upon through the misuse of the technology we provide to our customers.
Human Rights policy
Our Human Rights policy along with our Code of Conduct guide our human rights work. The policy was updated in December 2019 and can be found here
Integrating Human Rights assessments. Assessing the impact of a company’s activities requires an honest self-assessment to determine the risk profile of different projects, geographies and industries. Once potential harms have been identified, an assessment of the company’s position on the sales that create such risks can be developed.
Global Network Initiative. We are a member of the board of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) group of companies, civil society organizations such as human rights and press freedom groups, investors, and academics working together to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy in the ICT sector. In 2018 we began the preparation process for our commitment to the Global Network Initiative (GNI) to undergo an external Human Rights assessment by GNI assessors. GNI aprticipants commit to implement the organization’s Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy (“the GNI Principles”), which provide direction and guidance to the ICT industry and its stakeholders in protecting and advancing the enjoyment of these human rights globally.
The GNI also through collaboration and discussion collectively advocate with governments and international institutions for laws and policies that promote and protect freedom of expression and privacy.
Tech against Trafficking. In June 2018, Nokia, BT and Microsoft created a coalition of global tech companies, civil society organizations, and international institutions called Tech Against Trafficking, a collaborative effort to look at how technology can help in the eradication of human trafficking and modern slavery.
In January 2019 the group released an update on the work so far. The group has embarked on an ambitious project to understand and map the landscape of existing tech tools being used in the anti-trafficking sector. Over 200 anti-trafficking tools were identified, with the majority (approximately 69 percent) working to identify existing victims of human trafficking and address and manage the risk of child and forced labor in corporate supply chains.
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Modern slavery. We do not tolerate slavery, servitude, trafficking in persons, and forced or compulsory labor in our own operations or in our supply chain. In June 2018 we published our second Modern Slavery statement, with an updated risk map. The statement can be found here