Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles were published on March 12, 2013. Influenced by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, they address the issues of privacy and freedom of expression as they relate to the telecommunications sector, specifically exploring the interaction and boundaries between a government’s duty to protect human rights and the corporate responsibility of telecommunications companies to respect human rights. Read the overview of how we implement our guiding principles.

The Industry Dialogue Guiding Principles cover the following issues:

  • Policy commitment
  • Raising awareness and training
  • Impact assessment and due diligence
  • Sharing knowledge
  • Process (to handle and anticipate government requests)
  • External reporting
  • Mitigating risks of governmental demands
  • Informing policy and regulations on freedom of expression and privacy
  • Employee safety and liberty
  • Grievance mechanisms

 The Guiding Principles are available in the following languages:

How are the Guiding Principles implemented by participating companies?

According to Principle 8, participating companies will “Report externally on an annual basis, and whenever circumstances make it relevant, on their progress in implementing the principles, and as appropriate on major events occurring in this regard.” Please see the below links to company reports on implementation of the ID Guiding Principles. More information is available in our 2014 and 2015 Annual Reports.


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