Our first human rights impact assessment (HRIA) in 2013 indicated mainly freedom of expression, privacy protection and anti-bribery and corruption to be the areas that need continued focus.
Understanding risks and opportunities
In September 2015, we commissioned BSR (www.bsr.org) to undertake HRIAs for region Eurasia, starting with Azercell in Azerbaijan. The assessments identify human rights impacts, risks and opportunities related to our operations, reach conclusions about these impacts, and make recommendations for their mitigation and management in two categories:
- For TeliaSonera, recommendations on how to integrate human rights into the divestment process
- For the companies and their current and future owners, recommendations on how to manage and mitigate human rights impacts in ongoing business
Implementing these recommendations is a vital part of our human rights efforts as we exit region Eurasia, including working together with prospective and actual buyers.
The assessments are carried out using a methodology based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The methodology involves:
- Identifying actual and potential human rights impacts in a stakeholder inclusive manner,
- Prioritizing impacts based on criteria in the UNGP, and
- Making recommendations for managing these impacts.
No assessment was carried out for Ncell in Nepal, as a divestment was announced in December.
Assessments in 2016
In 2016, HRIAs will be carried out in all region Eurasia countries, starting with the countries mentioned above. HRIAs will also be carried out in Sweden and Lithuania in the second quarter.
We aim to subsequently carry out assessments in the other region Europe markets involving more internal resources, to ensure that we develop capacity and competence for future HRIAs.