Case Study: Thought leadership on human rights in the ICT sector



A thought leadership programme and action plan for the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI) to provide leadership in addressing human rights issues in the ICT sector.

Our role

Twentyfifty supported GeSI to prepare the thought leadership paper through interviews with GeSI members and expert stakeholders, gathering input at ICT industry events, discussions with GeSI’s human rights workgroup and a workshop in Helsinki in June 2014.

We also developed a human rights assessment methodology for new technologies to enable GeSI to implement their human rights thought leadership plan.

Focus areas

The key focus areas for the thought leadership programme were identified as:

  • Identifying the saliency of human rights impacts in the ICT sector
  • Applying a human rights lens to emerging technologies and their application
  • The future of responsible sourcing in the ICT sector
  • Building management capacity to operate responsibly in emerging markets

Other areas where opportunities were identified for GeSI to take action were interacting with the Ranking Digital Rights Initiative ( and its potential to drive positive change, and the need for good practice guidance for host governments on policies related to data protection.

Read the full paper here: Human Rights and the ICT Sector: A thought leadership agenda for action

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