Our approach: built on seven pillars
The Business & Human Rights Program leads our efforts to make responsible decisions in the areas of free expression and privacy. We take a structured approach to this work built on seven pillars.
Dedicated and Cross-Functional Team
The BHRP is led by a dedicated team that provides centralized leadership on global strategy, business decision-making, and internal and external engagement on human rights matters. This team is supported by and partners with a virtual, cross-functional team consisting of senior-level employees and experts from across the globe in legal, law enforcement, internal policy, product, security, technology, communications and marketing, global public policy and more.
Guiding Principles and Operational Guidelines
We’re committed to the international foundations of freedom of expression and privacy, and translate those principles into practical steps to be followed by our employees. We design targeted employee training and information-sharing sessions to discuss human rights policies and procedures.
Human Rights Inventory and Clearinghouse
We are constantly reviewing where Oath’s business intersects with potential human rights issues and working to ensure those issues are routed to the right teams.
Human Rights Impact Assessments
We’re committed to exploring risks to free expression and privacy in business decisions, engaging with internal and external stakeholders to inform this work, and designing risk mitigation strategies. To learn more about our approach to conducting HRIAs, click here.
As a member of GNI, Oath has committed to implement the GNI Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy. Oath undergoes assessments by an independent third-party assessor every other year on the policies and procedures we have in place. The findings are shared with the multi-stakeholder GNI Board of Directors which determines whether we are making a good faith effort to implement the GNI Principles. This information is shared publicly.For information on previous assessments of Yahoo (now part of Oath), see here.
As the leader of the Business & Human Rights Program, Nicole drives efforts to respect and promote privacy and free expression across Oath’s media and technology brands and works to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Nicole previously led the Yahoo Business & Human Rights Program. Prior to joining Yahoo, Nicole worked as an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York; as an international policy fellow at Human Rights First examining issues of business and human rights and national security law, and policy; and as a human rights consultant to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Nicole also worked at the UN in the Office of the Legal Counsel and at the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Special Department for War Crimes in Sarajevo.
Nicole received her LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Politics and Sociology from Brandeis University.
Everyone at Oath creates a personal oath. Nicole’s oath is Always be committed.
Katie manages and executes Oath’s initiatives to respect and promote privacy and free expression across its diverse brands. Katie previously worked in Yahoo’s Business & Human Rights Program. Prior to joining Yahoo, Katie was the Legal and Policy Coordinator at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), where she led policy development and rights-based advocacy initiatives in the area of business & human rights with particular focus on access to effective remedies for victims of human rights violations. Prior to ICAR, Katie worked at EarthRights International; the law firm of Meyer, Glitzenstein and Crystal; and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Katie received her B.A. from Marquette University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Katie’s oath is Make it matter.
While contributing to Oath’s efforts to respect and promote privacy and free expression, Maria is currently working toward her J.D. at UC Berkeley School of Law and her Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she is concentrating in African Studies. Prior to joining Oath, Maria completed internships at Microsoft and NBCUniversal, where she completed human rights assessments of various countries and drafted political compliance reports for the state of California, respectively. She also worked as an Assistant Paralegal at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, serving as the team lead for petitions for technology companies and as an Immigration Legal Services Intern at the Esperanza Center, filing immigration and asylum petitions to the government.
Maria’s oath is Uphold your calling.