When time is not on your side: Tackling transparency on human rights


by Christine Diamente

Former Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue

Head of Brand and Corporate Sustainability, Alcatel-Lucent


On November 11th, I had the immense pleasure of sharing a panel session with Marcela Manubens (Unilever Global VP for Social Impact) at the Ethical Corporation 9th Annual CR Reporting and Communications Summit  (ERC).  Our session was dedicated to Human Rights reporting.  We explored contrasting approaches to human rights:  I shared the experience of the Telecoms Industry Dialogue’s creation, nine companies coming together to share best practices and approaches relating to freedom of expression and privacy, and creating an industry standard through our Guiding Principles.  Marcela shared Unilever’s pioneering approach to human rights social reporting and how one company is driving a new standard for the sector on human rights transparency as a whole.


Our approaches were different yet with one shared objective:  to take leadership on industry challenges relating to human rights and to be transparent on our approaches to tackle these challenges.  Our audience remarked:  “time is not on our side—we need urgent action on human rights today”.  And the result of this joint session was fascinating:  our audience engaged with many questions and a commitment to join our approaches to push forward greater transparency by stakeholders on human rights.  View the video of this session and Christine’s presentation.

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Lisl Brunner

Lisl Brunner is the Facilitator for the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue. Prior to this role, Lisl spent five years as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary.

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