We work across our value chain with the aim of ensuring that we and our business partners operate without infringing on human rights. Since 2011 Telstra has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, which commits companies to 10 guiding principles on human rights, labour rights, environmental protection, and measures to fight corruption. Our commitment to respect and support human rights is aligned to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and is defined in our Code of Conduct and Human Rights Policy.

Progress in FY17

  • This year we identified seven salient human rights issues across our value chain. These cover the potential impacts we have on our employees, our supply chain, business partners and the communities in which we operate.
  • We developed a human rights compliance plan that will form part of our overall compliance program and includes obligations relating to our most salient human rights risk areas.
  • This year we responded to the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA), which requires companies operating in the UK with annual global turnover exceeding £36 million to publish an annual ‘slavery and human trafficking statement’. See our Modern Slavery Statement 2016.
  • This year, we incorporated the management of human rights risk in our supply chain into our new supplier governance framework (see Supply chain for more information), and we completed a supplier human rights risk assessment that was aligned to the guidance outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

FY18 target

Establish a consolidated understanding of our most salient human rights risks and implement appropriate processes to manage them.