Headquartered in the UK, Inmarsat was established in 1979 by the International Maritime Organisation. The company was privatised in 2019. Inmarsat operates 14 satellites with global coverage, serving the maritime, government, aviation and enterprise markets.
Inmarsat has a commitment to making technology accessible for people with disabilities and follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The company clearly discloses how its economic value is distributed among shareholders and reports employment figures in its countries of operations.
Inmarsat has the opportunity to demonstrate how it contributes to universal and affordable access to digital technologies and supports digital inclusivity for women and girls. The company can also increase transparency by disclosing the number of its employees with disabilities and reporting taxes paid in its countries of operations.
Inmarsat can disclose more information on high-level accountability for cybersecurity in the company. Furthermore, as a digital company, Inmarsat should make a high-level commitment to child online protection.
Inmarsat can consider making a high-level commitment to open source initiatives and standards and can further demonstrate this commitment by participating in open source projects. The company can also expand its contribution to inclusivity and diversity in the tech innovation ecosystem by supporting social and non-profit start-ups and start-ups founded by people from underrepresented groups. Further, it can report the number of its women employees in technical roles and disclose how it considers ethics in its research and development (R&D) and artificial intelligence (AI) activities.
Core social indicators
The core social indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.
Inmarsat commits to respecting human rights and the ILO core labour rights. It also has a publicly available policy statement that expects its business relationships to commit to respecting the ILO core labour rights. The company does not disclose a process to identify, assess and take action on the salient human rights risks in its own operations and in its business relationships. Moreover, Inmarsat does not engage with stakeholders whose human rights could be impacted by its operations, and it does not provide a grievance mechanism available to both employees and external stakeholders to raise human rights complaints or concerns.
Inmarsat places health and safety expectations on its business relationships and monitors their performance. However, it does not have a publicly available policy commitment on respecting the health and safety of its own workers. Furthermore, the company does not specify that workers are not required to work more than regular and overtime hours. It also does not disclose the percentage of its workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements. Moreover, Inmarsat provides no relevant evidence in relation to paying its workers a living wage. Nor does it specify whether it provides support to its business relationships to help them pay their workers a living wage. The company does have a time-bound target regarding gender equality and women’s empowerment, but it does not have a publicly available commitment on the subject. In relation to workforce diversity, Inmarsat discloses its employee numbers per employee category based on two indicators of diversity, namely age group and gender.
Inmarsat has a policy prohibiting bribery and corruption, and it includes anti-bribery and anti-corruption clauses in its contracts with business relationships. Furthermore, the company takes steps to identify and address bribery and corruption and has a grievance mechanism for stakeholders to raise concerns and complaints on the topic. Inmarsat has a global tax strategy but does not disclose its income tax payments in individual tax jurisdictions. The company states that it does not make political contributions. However, it does not outline its approach to lobbying and political engagement in a publicly available policy statement, nor does it disclose its lobbying expenditures.