Telenor ranks fourth in inaugural inclusion in Ranking Digital Rights Index

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The 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index has added Telenor to its corporate accountability index, published every two years. In its inaugural year on the index, Telenor has been ranked fourth out of 12 evaluated telecommunications operators.
The RDR Corporate Accountability Index cites that Telenor has disclosed strong corporate governance and oversight over human rights issues and commitments across its global operations.

For the telecommunications companies, RDR evaluated global group level policies for relevant indicators plus the home-country operating subsidiary’s prepaid and post-paid mobile services, and fixed-line broadband.

Sharing similarities with its telecommunications cohort, the RDR suggests to Telenor that improvements can be made to policy transparency and practices affecting freedom of expression and privacy in key areas.

“As this is our first time on the index, we welcome this opportunity to learn from the process and to better understand what our stakeholders expect from us. We work to continuously improve our policies and practices across our operations around digital rights and are pleased to see that these efforts are being recognised,” said Anita Househam, Director, Telenor Group Sustainability.

In light of how Telenor as a company, technology and the markets in which it operates evolve, Telenor also welcomes the 2-year review process that RDR has initiated to ensure that their methodology is upgraded, strengthened and expanded.

“We recognise that further efforts to improve can and will be made going forward. We commend the RDR on their constructive work to help companies improve governance, transparency and strengthen commitments to human rights around the world,” added Househam.

In the 2019 RDR Corporate Accountability Index, 24 of the world’s most powerful internet, mobile and telecommunications companies are evaluated on their commitments and policies affecting freedom of expression and privacy.

The full report is available here