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Continuing Focus on Human Rights

19 January 2021

ICANN org continues to evolve operational policies and practices that have an impact on the human rights of its staff and vendors. Since my last update, ICANN org has introduced training in the areas of bias and anti-harassment, launched several COVID-19-related mental health awareness initiatives, and included human rights considerations in ongoing plans to improve organizational processes and procedures.

The recommendations resulting from ICANN's first-ever Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) have guided the expansion and implementation of essential training and communication mechanisms. This is in line with ICANN org's belief that constant and ongoing action is vital to anticipating and mitigating negative human rights impacts through substantive and proactive policies and practices.

The HRIA has been an important step toward fulfilling our human rights due diligence. However, improving the impact of ICANN org's business operations doesn't stop here. ICANN org will continue to implement additional operational policies and practices in the spirit of the HRIA recommendations as we work to uphold the positive human rights impact of our business operations and mitigate negative impact, wherever possible.

As we look to 2021 and beyond, ICANN org will continue its efforts to incorporate human rights work into the overall culture of ICANN, as part of our ongoing planning and operational activities.


Sally Costerton

Sally Costerton

Sr. Advisor to President & SVP, Global Stakeholder Engagement and Interim President & CEO