Human rights

Our Credo defines who we are and how we operate and underscores our commitment to human rights, expressed in further detail in our Human Rights Statement. We are committed to operating with respect for internationally recognized human rights. Our approach to this work is guided by the human rights due diligence framework set forth in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

In 2019, we continued to enhance our efforts to understand and manage our human rights impacts by further operationalizing our Business and Human Rights Program (BHRP) and embedding human rights considerations into responsible business decision-making processes across the company. The BHRP is championed by our executives, managed by a dedicated team and supported by partners across our business.

Our efforts include attention to the human rights impacts of our products, services, strategy and operations, and to our engagements with employees, customers, communities, governments, business partners and suppliers. We host regular training and awareness-raising activities to provide Verizon employees with guidance and tools to operate consistently with our human rights commitments. We also continually engage with external networks and experts to inform our approach.

Our human rights efforts are overseen by the Corporate Governance and Policy Committee of our Board of Directors and led by the BHRP, which is under the Chief ESG Office and works in partnership with teams throughout the Public Policy, Law & Security and Global Supply Chain organizations, as well as other functions, including Corporate Social Responsibility.

While our Credo defines the core of who we are as a company, our Human Rights Statement serves as an equally fundamental element of our commitment to operate with integrity. Our human rights policy is consistent with our Credo and is supported by our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct.