Founded in 2000, Yandex is an information services company headquartered in the Russian Federation, offering the country's largest search engine. Yandex also offers transportation and delivery services, navigation products, as well as e-commerce, entertainment and cloud services. Its services are available in 19 countries.
Yandex has scaled up its initiative Helping Hand, launched during COVID-19, to continue supporting people with reduced mobility by offering them free rides through its app and helping non-profits with free access to Yandex digital products. The company is also committed to integrating accessible design principles in its products and has several features in its food delivery and navigation apps to accommodate users with disabilities. Furthermore, it regularly collects feedback from people with disabilities to improve its services, and partners with organisations focused on accessibility.
Through its platform Lyceum, the company provides computer programming training to high school students. Since 2007, the Yandex School of Data Analysis has been providing technical skills training to university and graduate students in the Russian Federation, Belarus, and Israel, aspiring for a career in research and IT. Additionally, the company contributes to school connectivity through a free online service Textbook, which provides teachers with online educational content. The company also follows best practice by reporting participation and financial metrics for some of its programmes.
Yandex supports open innovation through various open source projects. It also supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and uses them to measure its own goals and progress. Furthermore, it discloses the total number of women employed in tech roles at the company. Yandex also has a committee dedicated to ethics and publishes the ethical guidelines it follows for AI.
Yandex has an opportunity to contribute to digital inclusivity of women and girls. It can also disclose the number of people with disabilities it employs and outline the steps it takes to create an inclusive workplace for them. Additionally, the company should report how the economic value it generates is distributed among its stakeholders, as well as the taxes it pays and its employment in the markets where it operates.
Yandex commits to respecting all human rights in a publicly available policy statement. The company also commits to respecting the ILO core labour rights and expects its business relationships to do so as well. Moreover, the company has a grievance mechanism accessible to all stakeholders to raise human rights complaints.