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Values in a time of demonstration and disruption

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The events unfolding in the United States show that even in a world where people talk about constant change, too many things have not changed. There remains too much racism, prejudice and hatred. Too much injustice. Too much discrimination. Too much violence.

Nokia’s position is clear: these are things we cannot, that we will not, accept. We feel the heartache of so many of our black colleagues and others who wrongly suffer from discrimination. They need to know that we have their backs.

Our core values are respect, renewal, achievement and challenge. All four are dear to our hearts and guide us in how we respond to the world around us.

  • Respect means respect for everybody and in having the strength of character to speak up, raise your voice against injustice, and not sit by the sidelines.
  • Renewal means that we are never content accepting the status quo just because things “are the way they are”.
  • Achievement means that we understand that we have an important role to play in making society better and equal.
  • Challenge means that we do not shy away from doing what is right.

Today and in the days ahead we need to challenge ourselves to face the truth of a world where many forms of injustice, including that based on race, still persist.  We need to do a lot better when it comes to inclusion and showing respect for all.  We need to push for renewal through powerful but peaceful action.

And, ultimately, we need to work together to achieve real change.  After all, this is not someone else’s problem; it is all of ours. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but with our values to guide us, Nokia is committed to doing our part to support equality and inclusion – and, by doing so, to help make the world a better, fairer place.

Stay safe.


Rajeev Suri

About Rajeev Suri

During his tenure as Nokia CEO, Rajeev transformed Nokia into a leading technology company for a world connected by 5G and shaped by increasing digitalization and automation. Under his leadership, Nokia acquired Alcatel-Lucent, successfully expanded into enterprise vertical markets, created a standalone software business, and engineered the return of the Nokia brand to mobile phones.

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