Assessing impacts for all business decisions

Assessing the potential human rights risks is a significant factor in determining whether or not we will make an investment, establish an operating business or enter into a commercial relationship with a third-party communications operator in a country where Vodafone currently has no such presence.

If the initial human rights impact assessments raise any concerns, we conduct a formal in-depth human rights due diligence investigation before we enter a new market, which covers a number of issues, including:

• Historic, current, and emerging human rights challenges in that specific market.
• Potential human rights impacts from the planned transaction, as well as the potentially affected rights holders.
• The nature of the planned partnership including e.g. ownership structure, the type of goods/services involved - when applicable.

What we can do next depends on the proposed transaction.