Children and young people are active users of our services. Our commitment and responsibility is to respect and support children’s and young people’s rights to participation, protection and well-being. We work on our own and together with experienced partners to protect and empower children and young people online.
We believe that the internet enriches children’s lives and provides them with opportunities to improve their digital skills as well as to socialize, play and learn. However, children are particularly vulnerable to online threats such as cyber bullying and inappropriate content. Keeping children safe online requires an integrated approach across the broader technology industry and the society. Telia Company works closely with other companies and organizations within and outside our industry to drive common approaches to safe browsing and app use, as well as respectful online behavior among children and young people.
Ongoing climate change and unsustainable use of natural resources has a big impact on children’s safety, health and well-being, and is increasing concerns about their future, voiced by today’s changemaker generation. We have committed to reach zero CO2 and zero waste by 2030. Read more about our environmental agenda here.
From the child’s perspective, all rights in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are interconnected, meaning we need to fully apply the convention. As practical guidance to implementing the convention, we have committed to implement the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.
In 2022 the Child Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA) was carried out across Telia. The purpose of the assessment is to better understand our impacts on children’s rights, map where we are making progress in protecting and empowering children, and identify areas for improvement. For this assessment we used UNICEF’s Child Rights Impact Self-Assessment Tool for Mobile Operators (MO-CRIA). The assessment deepened our understanding of child rights issues across our business and supports our efforts to protect and empower children and respect children’s rights across our organization. Read the executive summary of the Child Rights Impact Assessment here.
Our work contributes to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):