Founded in 1968, Intel is a semiconductor manufacturer with headquarters in the US. Its products include microprocessor chips and accelerators, in addition to memory, storage and other communication and computing devices. Outside the US, the company has manufacturing and design facilities in China, Costa Rica, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Intel advances digital inclusivity through various initiatives. It is part of an alliance with 50 partners from Fortune 500 companies, non-governmental organisations and academia collaborating on the N50 Project, which aims to close the global digital divide. Since 2017, the company’s She Will Connect programme has supported women in developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capabilities. Building on this, Intel’s Million Girls Moonshot initiative has also engaged over one million girls across the US in hands-on STEM-related experiences.
The company has also committed to integrating accessible design principles in its products. Additionally, Intel has joined The Valuable 500, a global CEO community focused on advancing disability inclusion through business leadership. Furthermore, it is collaborating with GoodMaps to deliver a high-quality indoor way finding solution for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Intel supports the development of digital skills across all levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. Its AI For Youth flagship programme, which is supported by ministries, universities, and industry partners across more than 20 countries, helps students develop AI-related skills. Further, through its Digital Readiness Programs, Intel aims to empower non-technical audiences, future developers and next-generation technologists with appropriate skills, mindsets, tools, and opportunities to use technology effectively and responsibly. The company also has an initiative Digital Readiness for Leaders, which equips government officials with knowledge of emerging technologies such as AI, 5G connectivity, cloud and intelligent edge.
Intel publicly commits to upholding cybersecurity and assigns clear responsibilities for cybersecurity oversight and management. The company has an incident response team that coordinates internationally with security researchers through the Bug Bounty programme to identify product security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, the team is a member of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). Intel also has a dedicated website on child online safety.
Telia supports open-source initiatives and start-ups and sustainable development research. Through its venture capital arm Telia Ventures, the company invests in start-ups across Northern Europe and selected innovation hubs globally. Additionally, Telia demonstrates commitment to ethical artificial intelligence (AI) by having an ethics committee and publishing an official policy commitment, which includes human rights considerations. Together with Ericsson, Telia has supported the Global System for Mobile Association’s (GSMA) work to develop an emissions reduction pathway for the telecommunications sector. The company also has services to reduce environmental impacts. For instance, Telia’s Travel Emission Insights enables municipalities and regions to better understand citizens’ travel patterns and calculate C02 emissions and guide policy decisions accordingly.
Telia 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 has a grievance mechanism accessible to both workers and external stakeholders to raise human rights concerns and complaints. Furthermore, Telia identifies, assesses and takes action to address the salient human rights issues in its own operations.
Intel publicly commits to respecting worker health and safety and places this expectation on its business relationships. The company does not, however, disclose a policy commitment stating that it does not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours, nor does it commit to paying its workers a living wage. Intel also does not disclose the proportion of its workforce covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Although Intel discloses a breakdown of employees per employee category by gender, race and ethnicity, it has an opportunity to provide employee breakdowns for more indicators of diversity, such as age group. Intel fares well in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment, having set a time-bound target on the subject and having 40% of its board comprise of women. While Intel discloses remuneration by gender for its US operations, there is scope for the company to provide this disclosure for all its significant locations of operation.
Intel has a policy prohibiting bribery and corruption, and it includes anti-bribery and anti-corruption clauses in its business relationship contracts. Intel discloses a tax strategy for its US operations only. The company discloses the income taxes it pays in three categories: US federal, US state and non-US. However, it does not disclose its income tax payments in all its individual tax jurisdictions. Although Intel discloses its lobbying expenditures for its global operations, it does not disclose its overall approach to lobbying and political engagement, nor does it have a publicly available statement indicating that it does not make political contributions.