On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, Ericsson, one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, has announced that it will become an observer in the Global Network Initiative (GNI) in 2018. GNI is a leading forum fostering freedom of privacy and expression concerning the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. The company has worked steadily worked in the area of embedding a strong due diligence and framework for human rights across the entire organization.
The company committed to implement the UN guiding principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights throughout its operations and also in its code of business ethics in 2012. Ericsson was one of the first companies to do so and was the first company ever to instil the UNGP reporting framework – the first ever detailed set of guidelines for companies to report on how human rights are respected in their business codes.
The company will be a part of GNI as an observer from the very beginning of the New Year. The status of an observer, which lasts for a year and gives companies, who are positive about considering becoming a part of GNI, a chance to examine the initiative’s policy advocacy as well as gain a better understanding of the impact and expectations of GNI guidelines on privacy and free expectation that all GNI companies commit to. Because human rights issues form a big part of Ericsson’s business code, this status could allow the company to share with member organizations its experiences, make well-defined efforts to bring in a positive change in a number of areas, and be a part of the peer learning process.