PARALLEL SESSION - Global Network Initiative / Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

Parallel Session #5

Global Network Initiative and Telecommunications Industry Dialogue - The Role of Human Rights Impact Assessments in Advancing Rights Online

The panel talked about how impact assessment tools are important for companies and are becoming more common. Based on the reports, companies sometimes decide not to build up their business in certain countries because of human rights concerns. Although most of the times human rights do not tend to be showstoppers for companies entering new markets, the challenge of human rights impact assessment is the enormous mass of people affected by a company’s actions. Yet, many companies have paid a high price when they have failed to correctly assess the situation in a country before investing there.