Founded in 2005, GTT Communications (GTT) operates a Tier 1 internet backbone. It also owns a fibre network with an expansive pan-European footprint and undersea cables. The company’s global network includes more than 600 points of presence on six continents. It provides services to large enterprises and carrier clients in more than 140 countries.
No evidence could be found that GTT offers activities that aim to make digital technologies more universal, inclusive or accessible. The company has an opportunity to support initiatives that enhance access to digital technologies, digital opportunities for women and girls, and accessibility for people with disabilities. The company could also disclose how the economic value it generates is distributed among its stakeholders.
While GTT states that it “strives to” respect human rights, it does not commit to respect human rights. Furthermore, the company does not commit to respect all the labour fundamentals outlined by the ILO core labour rights, including freedom of association and collective bargaining. The company does not disclose a process to identify, assess, and take action on salient human rights risks its own operations and business relationships. GTT does have a grievance mechanism that is accessible to workers to raised human rights concerns and complaints; however, it is unclear if this mechanism is accessible to external stakeholders.
While GTT states that it “strives to” respect health and safety, it does not commit to respect the health and safety of its workers. Furthermore, the company is not explicit in stating that it does not require workers to work more than regular and overtime hours, does not disclose the percentage of its workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements and provides no relevant evidence in relation to paying its workers a living wage. GTT does not provide a breakdown of diversity within each employee category, and does not commit to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
GTT has a UK specific tax strategy, but does not disclose a global tax strategy. Furthermore, while the company discloses the income taxes it pays in three categories – federal, state and foreign – it does not disclose income tax payments for all its individual tax jurisdictions. The company lacks relevant disclosure in reference to lobbying and political engagement. For example, it does not state that it does not make political contributions and does not disclose its lobbying expenditures. However, GTT does have a policy prohibiting bribery and corruption and incudes anti-bribery and anti-corruption clauses in its contracts with business relationships.