Verizon Media has created and adopted internal policies and procedures necessary to implement the GNI Principles.
The Business and Human Rights Program (BHRP) leads the company’s efforts to make responsible decisions in the areas of free expression and privacy. A full-time core team consisting of senior-level employees guides, directs, and manages the BHRP. Verizon Media’s human rights team is under the remit of Verizon Media’s General Counsel. The Corporate Governance and Policy Committee of the Verizon Board of Directors receives periodic updates on information about global human rights risks and opportunities related to Verizon Media.
The BHRP’s work is supported by a global virtual team comprised of diverse senior-level employees across the organization. We rely on this team to disseminate our policies and procedures and ensure that key business and functional partners are fully informed of Verizon Media’s implementation of the Principles, Guidelines, and Accountability Framework.
The BHRP conducts employee trainings and in-depth information sharing sessions with employees and teams across the company. These sessions ensure that employees responsible for content moderation, who have access to user data in the performance of their duties, or who set policies for management of user data understand Verizon Media’s commitment to free expression and privacy and follow policies and procedures that safeguard the rights of our users.
The BHRP performs human rights impact assessments (HRIA) to identify circumstances when freedom of expression and privacy may be jeopardized or advanced. Our HRIA process provides context and guidance to identify potential risks and develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies. For more information about our HRIA process, click here.