Global Network Initiative; the golden standard for protecting and advancing the enjoyment of business and human rights
Written by: Marsha Huwaidaa
"Privacy is not an option, and it shouldn’t be the price we accept for just getting on the internet". During 2020, 155.8 million individuals were affected by data exposures. That is the accidental revelation of sensitive information due to less than adequate information security. Data safeness is crucial because any assets to enhance business needs to remain confidential and protected. Because of that concern, countries demand innovative tools, such as public transparency reports for users' privacy. Thus, the Global Network Initiative accommodates businesses' respect for privacy rights. GNI was launched in 2008, the product of more than two years of deliberation by information and communications technology businesses, human rights, academics, and investors.
The application of the GNI principles is informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Global Network Initiative has been established with fundamental principles as standardization of human rights. It’s important for companies who have a strong effort to work for advancing privacy globally. Here are some of the benefits we have while joining the GNI :
- ICT (Information Communication and Technologies) companies have the responsibility to appreciate and support the freedom of expression and privacy rights of their users. The company has the potential to enable the exchange of ideas and access to information.
- The collaboration between ICT companies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders by this platform could strengthen efforts to work for advancing freedom of expression and privacy globally.
- The application of the GNI Principles is informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Protect, Respect, and Remedy Framework, and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Moores Rowland Indonesia (MRI) is not only a part of GNI, we are also the Independent Assessor. We are eligible to conduct an assessment of other companies with the GNI standards. MRI has extensive experience in conducting assurance activities on sustainability reports of major companies, as well as focused human rights audits and impact assessments in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia.
We are also a pioneer in human rights assessment practice, MRI has partnered with such human rights luminaries as Marzuki Darusman and Makarim Wibisono to further advance its award-winning human rights indicators, and supports the work of the Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST). Also a member of Praxity AISBL, the world’s largest alliance of independent audit, consultancy, and certification companies, MRI shares the same high level of moral and professional standards as its fellow global practitioners.
Contact us for more info on business and human rights;
Division Head, Sustainability Audits & Donor - Ali Rahmadi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Why you should choose us on Business and Human Rights;
- We are the Pioneer in human rights assessment practice
- We utilize International Assurance Standards
- We provide confidence to report readers of the reduction of risks or errors to a very low level
- We are the promoter of the whole concept of sustainability reporting and provides consultancy as well as training to both business executives and government officials on what responsible sustainability reporting actually entails.