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Our work with others

Human and digital rights challenges can only be tackled if companies, governments and civil society work together.

For example, tackling modern slavery and human trafficking needs a lot of collaboration. We work with experts and others to use technology to drive positive change.

We're a founding partner of the UK Modern Slavery helpline operated by anti-slavery charity Unseen. We provide ICT equipment, communications services and a smartphone app for them to help the public spot the signs of victims and report concerns.

“It is only by a close partnership between committed stakeholders that we can begin to effectively tackle and ultimately prevent modern slavery. The partnership of BT and Unseen is an exemplar of this and we encourage others to partner and collaborate to end slavery.”

Andrew Wallis, CEO Unseen 

The tech sector can do lots to help. This is why we co-founded ‘Tech Against Trafficking’, a coalition of technology companies collaborating with experts to help eradicate human trafficking globally. Together we are looking at accelerating the technology solutions which could make the most difference.

We tackle privacy and free expression challenges through our membership of the Global Network Initiative (GNI). GNI is a multi-stakeholder alliance of internet and communications providers, civil society, investors and academics.

More on our work with others:

  • We attend the Business Against Slavery Forum, hosted by the Home Office. It meets regularly to share insights and support for businesses to identify, tackle and prevent modern slavery in their supply chains and operations.
  • Through the Responsible Business Alliance we engage with global IT and electronics supply chains to affect positive difference on forced labour and human rights.
  • We're a member of the Centre for Sports and Human Rights Advisory Council. It brings sports organisations, governments and civil society together to align the world of sport with fundamental principles on human rights. Together with other UK broadcasters, we wrote guidance on human rights dilemmas faced by sports broadcasters.
  • We’re a member of the Business Network for the Rule of Law. We sponsored its guide for business for when national laws conflict with international human rights standards.