Nokia is a communications hardware company founded in 1865. The company is a leading vendor of equipment for telecommunications networks. It is headquartered in Finland, with employees spread around the world and customers in nearly 200 countries.
Nokia’s flagship programme Smartpur aims to guide India’s rural villages towards a digital future. The programme works to create smart villages through supporting infrastructure development and internet connectivity. The programme covers 100 villages across seven Indian states. Nokia has also partnered with Christel House in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Digital Education Program, focused on underprivileged girls in India. The company discloses how the economic value it generates is distributed among stakeholders and reports employment for its main countries of operations.
Nokia is working with the Kenyan government, UNICEF and local mobile operators to bring internet connectivity and inclusive digital learning to Kenyan schools in rural and disadvantaged urban areas across the country. The company partners with the Forge Academy in South Africa training students in areas such as 3D printing, virtual reality and digital marketing.
Nokia follows best practice by having a security incident response team and information security management, and reporting on data breaches. The company also considers privacy and data security a key topic in its materiality analysis.
Nokia demonstrates good practice in open innovation through its participation in several regional and international standards bodies. The company sponsors academic research on artificial intelligence (AI), 6G and other topics. It supports the tech innovation ecosystem through a venture capital fund and the Open Ecosystem Network, which links start-ups with companies. Nokia aligns its activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company discloses its R&D locations, includes human rights considerations in its R&D activities and was part of team that created the EU’s Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI.
Nokia can consider carrying out a third-party assessment of its programmes that support access to digital technologies for women and girls. It can also disclose income taxes paid in the markets where it operates.
Nokia uses third parties to assess its programmes for enhancing digital skills. It can demonstrate greater transparency in this area by providing more details about the impact of these programmes. It can also provide more details on its financial and in-kind contributions to its existing programmes.
Nokia can increase its transparency around how it manages cybersecurity at the senior level. The company also has an opportunity to make a high-level commitment for child online protection and to make its information security management certificate publicly available.
Nokia 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 also has a grievance mechanism accessible to both workers and external stakeholders to raise human rights concerns and complaints. Furthermore, Nokia identifies its salient human right risk issues in its own operations. However, it does not disclose a process to assess and take action on salient human right risks in its business relationships. Moreover, the company does not engage with stakeholders whose human rights have been or may be impacted by its operations.
Nokia publicly commits to respecting the health and safety of workers, and it places health and safety expectations on its business relationships. The company also has a publicly stated expectation that its business relationships shall not require workers to work more than 48 hours in a regular work week or 60 hours including overtime. However, the company does not disclose a policy commitment which explicitly states that it does not require its own workers to work more 48 hours in a regular work week or 60 hours including overtime. Moreover, the company provides no relevant evidence in relation to paying its workers a living wage, nor in relation to how it supports its business relationships to help them pay their workers a living wage. Nokia commits to gender equality and women’s empowerment and has more than 30% women on the board. The company also discloses its workforce diversity per employee category by age group and gender. However, it can disclose information on more diversity indicators per employee category.
Nokia has a policy prohibiting bribery and corruption, and it includes anti-bribery and anti-corruption clauses in contracts with its 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. Nokia has a global tax strategy, but it does not disclose income tax payments in individual tax jurisdictions. Nokia discloses its approach to lobbying and political engagement in a publicly available policy statement. However, the company has no publicly available statement indicating that it does not make political contributions, and it does not disclose its lobbying expenditures.