Nokia doing business with Turkmenistan dictatorship
Petri Sajari/ Helsingin Sanomat, 27.02.2008
The mobile telephone manufacturer Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) are doing extensive business with the dictatorial regime of Turkmenistan. In this respect the company can be seen to be in violation of its own guidelines for corporate social responsibility.
Human rights organisations have been reporting for years about serious human rights violations perpetrated by the Turkmenistan government. However, this has not prevented Nokia or NSN from selling their products to the country, or working in cooperation with the dictatorship.
Nokia declares in its report on social responsibility that it seeks to respect the universal rights of all of its reference groups. According to Nokia, this goal means taking human rights into account in all business decisions and modes of action..