Employee Diversity and inclusion

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

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 for every talent to be seen and every voice to be heard. We believe that our differences strengthen our togetherness.  

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 Executive leadership team of Telia Company by 2025
  • All Telia Company managers are to be trained in unconscious bias and inclusive recruitment practices by 2025
  • Continuously assess and decrease the gender pay gap, raw, and weighted
  • Partnerships for improving diversity and inclusion on the tech labor market through re-skilling and up-skilling, both of internal employees and talent pools outside of Telia Company
  • Conduct a voluntary survey on employees’ diversity and perception of belonging, inclusion, and equal opportunityto be able to improve for all minorities at Telia Company

Status as of 2021 

  • Common equal pay and gender pay gap analysis carried out in all markets
  • Internal unconscious bias training launched across geographical footprint 
  • All recruiters trained in inclusive recruitment practices and inclusive advertising 
  • Roll out of mandatory recruitment trainings for managers
  • Brand platform launched in all countries to highlight the diversity of our staff in job advertisements and public communication  
  • Local Diversity managers in all countries driving the D&I agenda 
  • Internal Diversity Networks in every country activating employees in D&I and using them as sounding boards for inclusion improvements
  • “Telia Diversity Talks” - publicly open live-streamed webinars - are held quarterly to raise awareness on various D&I topics within Telia Company and beyond, such as gender equality, allyship, ageism, LGBTQI, ethnicity, and disability
  • Encouraging girls and women to pursue a career in IT/Tech by arranging a yearly Female Role Model Day in all markets, such as “Cracking the Code in Tech” 2021 event, and sponsoring local Girls go Tech initiatives in many countries
  • Members of local Diversity Charters in most of our markets 
  • Actively participating in staking out the Nordic CEO Coalition’s roadmap on promoting D&I in the workplace and target plan
  • Active part of DUFA, a digital upskilling project that aims to develop best practices to improve diversity in the telecom world

 

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  

 

Diversity and inclusion is about fairness and respect by letting everyone contribute in an equal way - no matter who you are” -

Vibeke Sadling, 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