Verizon Media earned the #2 spot in the 2020 Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Corporate Accountability Index. This ranking evaluates 26 of the world’s top internet, mobile and telecommunications companies on publicly-stated commitments to human rights, with a focus on free expression and privacy.
Now in its fifth year, the ranking emphasizes the importance of governance and oversight in identifying and managing human rights impacts and continued efforts to embed human rights considerations across business operations and offerings. Verizon, including Verizon Media, takes a structured approach to human rights governance and diligence through our Business & Human Rights Program (BHRP). This year’s release coincides with a year of reflection on this subject as we mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights.
The RDR Index has contributed to an important discussion about the efforts of technology companies to respect human rights and the role of companies, civil society, and governments in this ongoing work. We have engaged with the RDR team since the inception of the Index and actively participate in these conversations, including through our membership in the Global Network Initiative and through our engagement with experts who are on the cutting edge of exploring intersections between human rights and technology. Here’s an example of one of our recent fireside chats about how the technology industry’s approach to transparency reporting can provide an example for all industries as our world increasingly goes digital.
Our track record of leading performance in the RDR Index reflects our commitment to responsible business practices and to building trust, including through strong human rights governance, transparency, and innovation. We are proud of our commitment to respecting human rights throughout our business, and will continue to build on this work in the years ahead.