Employee Diversity and inclusion

At Telia Company we encourage and enable everyone to be their best, most brilliant, and authentic selves. We strive to provide equal opportunities to ensure employee rights and that our employees reflect the diversity of the customers and societies we serve.

Allison Kirkby, President & CEO of Telia Company, on Telia Company’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion



What does D&I mean to Telia Company?

Diversity and Inclusion is an integral part of Telia Company’s culture and one of the ways we bring our purpose and values to life. We exist to reinvent better connected living and hence reinvent for better inclusion for our employees and our customers in the markets where we operate. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture to encourage and enable everyone to be their best, most brilliant, and authentic selves, and ensure every talent is seen and every voice is heard.

At Telia Company, we constantly work towards ways to make our company more inclusive. So far, we have met with success, but our efforts don’t stop here.  

Our public goals for D&I  

  • 50/50 gender balance in the Extended Leadership team of Telia Company by 2025
  • Continuously decrease the raw gender pay gap
  • All managers  trained in unconscious bias and inclusive recruitment practices by 2023
  • Conduct a voluntary diversity, belonging and equality survey to understand a wider set of workforce diversity aspects and needed interventions by 2024. 
  • Increase diversity at Telia Company and in the tech sector through continuous partnerships focusing on digital and tech re-skilling & up-skilling

Ensure that diversity & inclusion aspects permeate our TV&Media business on and off-air

Status as of 2021 

  • Gender Balance in the Extended Leadership Team: 37% Female & 63% Male
  • Common equal pay and gender pay gap analysis carried out in all markets
    Raw gender pay gap decreased by 2 percentage points in 2021, compared to 2020
  • 20% managers took the Unconscious Bias e-learning and 38% managers have been trained on Inclusive Recruitment Practices
  • A pilot diversity and inclusion survey was performed. Age, gender, region of birth for various target groups dosclosed in the Annual and Sustainability Report
  • Virtual meet up with immigrants to showcase opportunities through vocational tech and IT re-skilling, together with external organizations specializing in re-skilling
  • Awareness raising seminars and workshops on biases conducted for TV4 staff

More information can be found on pages 99-101 in the 2021 Annual and Sustainability Report. 


Empowering our employees’ contributions

We at Telia Company believe that together we are making impact. We are aware that our journey towards a more inclusive company culture wouldn’t be possible without our unique employees, who inspire our progress and strengthen our mission. See what Telia Company’s Diversity and Inclusion team has to say about how their individual viewpoints feed back to the way our company operates.


Telia should be the home to your next big opportunity – no matter who you are! Inclusion to me is when an organization embraces all employees and enables them to make meaningful contributions” -

Clara Bodin, Global Lead D&I


For me diversity is all about embracing people's differences towards a more inclusive culture where everyone feels safe and is treated equally" -

Mamtha Pullat, Global D&I Specialist  



"A business needs to be diverse to be successful. Not only successful, but also relevant. In the war for talent, we are more relevant for the candidates whenwe are truly diverse" -  

        Gustav Bergström, D&I Lead Sweden


Everywhere I go, I clearly see that the more diverse teams I meet automatically are more inclusive, have a higher level of psychological safety. Being your true authentic self, is to me the essence of diversity” -

Chris Hovde, D&I Lead Norway  


For me diversity is what makes us see all perspectives when working with services, customers and innovation” -

Ina Kummerfeldt, D&I Lead Denmark


Diversity for me means that everybody can be themselves, be valued for it, and have equal opportunities” -

Ira S Vainio, D&I Lead Finland  



“No matter who you are or what you believe, you are respected & empowered. We embrace diversity of people and ideas, where people feel safe & free to express themselves. This culture helps me view my work in multiple lenses, uncover some blind spots and reimagine them” -

Amelia Sestilo, D&I Lead Lithuania

Diversity is opening up so many new perspectives, creativity and smartness in teams. Working in diverse and inclusive environment is a key for hidden opportunities, but also a key for managing hidden risks” – 

Elo Võrk, D&I Lead Estonia  

 “I believe that a company should be a dynamic and inclusive placed filled with people with different backgrounds and experiences. That lays the foundation for a viable company with good business opportunities and a strong employer brand that will be able to grow and reinvent itself in a world of constant change” -

Lina Berggrén, D&I Lead TV4