11
Jul
2009

Quote: CEO Carol Bartz On Human Rights

“Okay, I’m going to go real simple here. Yahoo is not incorporated to fix China. I’m sorry. It wasn’t incorporated to fix China.”

carol-bartz-ceo-yahooPart of new CEO Carol Bartz’ response in the June 25th annual Yahoo! shareholders meeting to the following two questions presented to her by Amnesty International USA’s Tony Cruz:

1. Since 2006, what concrete steps has Yahoo taken to address the problem of Internet censorship in China?

2. Will you publicly support the Global Online Freedom Act; legislation that would give you the power to fight the Chinese government?

The full reply by Carol Bartz is below:

Okay, I’m going to go real simple here. Yahoo is not incorporated to fix China. I’m sorry. It wasn’t incorporated to fix China. It was incorporated to give people a free flow of information. Ten years ago the company made a mistake but you can’t hold us up as the bad boy forever. We have worked better, harder, faster than most companies to respect human rights and to try and make a difference. But it is not our job to fix the Chinese government. It’s that simple. We will respect human rights, we will do what’s right, but we’re not going to take on every government in the world as our mandate. That’s not the mandate that the shareholders gave us.

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