Telia Company at global UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Telia Company recently participated at the United Nations’ Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. “It is important to understand what we can do to respect the privacy and freedom of expression rights of our users to the fullest extent possible,” says Patrik Hiselius, Senior Advisor on Digital Rights, Telia Company.

During the Forum some 2,500 delegates, of which about one fourth represented the business community, shared learnings on how to best move forward in the state duty to protect and business duty to respect the human rights of individuals.

"Truly inspirational"
This was the fifth UN Forum on Business and Human Rights arranged by the UN. It took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Telia Company contributed, Patrik Hiselius, Senior Advisor on Digital Rights, says: “It was truly inspirational and empowering to be able to present examples of Telia Company’s work on human rights and to connect with human rights defenders, investors, peers and others to share learnings and build a common understanding of the challenges.”

Hiselius presented at a panel moderated by BSR on ‘Embedding human rights within a company; strategies, challenges (and successes)’ together with Yahoo! and BP.

External view
It is important for Telia Company to take part in multi-stakeholder discussions that influence the external view on the telecom sector, and the company.
The settings also give ample opportunities for meetings with human rights organisations, investors and peer companies. “With our opportunities in relation to Big Data, and with a flow of requests from governments to operators on surveillance, blockings and network shut-downs, it is important to understand what we can do to respect the privacy and freedom of expression rights of our users to the fullest extent possible,” says Hiselius.

Facts UN's Forum on Business and Human Rights
The Forum Programme examined three main areas:
1.    State leadership and leverage: discussions focused on the need for governments to step up their efforts to protect human rights and lead by example in their own business-related operations.
2.    Business leadership and leverage: sessions focused on the dual concepts of leadership and leverage across the company value chain and in business relationships with various stakeholders.
3.    The role of financial institutions: participants took a closer look at how human rights intersect with capital markets and explored the responsibility of financiers to drive respect.

UN's Forum on Business and Human Rights

Further information on how we are embedding human rights within Telia Company; strategies, challenges and successes
http://www.teliacompany.com/en/sustainability/reporting/reporting/