Telefonica, the Spanish company based in Madrid, is the first classified in the telecommunications category in the same report. The only Indian company to reach the list is Bharti Airtel, which finished eighth on the list of 12 telecommunications giants with an overall score of 16.
According to the report, Bharti Airtel "revealed little about its policies and practices concerning freedom of expression and privacy, and lacked the disclosure of governance and supervision on human rights issues". He added that the company "revealed minimal information on how it applies its rules and no information on how it responds to the government or other types of third-party requests to limit content or accounts."
The RDR index, a US-based non-profit research initiative, interviewed 24 major companies, ranking them based on publicly disclosed commitments and policies, including governance and control mechanisms, and gave them a score of 100.