Human rights governance
Without strong governance, our human rights policy would be just words.
A BT Board sub-committee (called the Committee for Sustainable and Responsible Business) oversees progress on our human rights programme.
Day-to-day our human rights team works on integrating the UN Guiding Principles into our business, including training and supporting the people who bring our policy to life across the company.
Our Group Corporate Affairs Director (a member of our Executive Committee) makes decisions on any human rights matters that can’t be fixed at an operational level.
Taking the right steps to protect human rights
We have due diligence checks which look at whether:
- our product/service could be used for defence, military, law enforcement, security or cybersecurity purposes
- the customer or end user is a government, government agency or state-owned company
- the service will be provided in an extreme or high-risk country (based on external measures).
If any of these things are a factor we'll look into things in more detail. You can read more on how we monitor our suppliers' impact on human and digital rights.