Through this focus, we ensure that we act as a responsible employer with a good, trust-based relationship between our people, their representatives and the company wherever Statoil operates.

In a global context, this means that Statoil is at the forefront with regard to international labour and human rights standards as spelled out in the ILO core conventions and the United Nations Global Compact. This is also in line with the requirements in the Norwegian Government's White Paper No 10 on Corporate Social Responsibility, the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Union (ICEM) agreement , the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines and other voluntary engagements Statoil has entered into. 

Work councils and working environment committees are established where required by law or agreement and in accordance with local practice. These bodies are informed about and involved in business plans and perspectives, organisational changes and health, safety and environment (HSE) issues.

An estimated 68% of employees in Statoil ASA are members of a trade union. In 2010, the collaboration model for the Norwegian part of our business agreed on by the unions and the company served as an important and well-functioning vehicle for cooperation on the Statoil 2011 project. The collaboration model was established in 2009 upon finalisation of the merger between Statoil and Norsk Hydro's oil and gas division. It is based on the principles of simplification and decentralisation.

In 2010, the European Works Council (EWC) served as a central arena for dialogue between the company's management and employees in the demerger of Statoil Fuel and Retail. The EWC is an arena in which Statoil's employees in Europe receive relevant information on a regular basis, and engage in direct dialogue with management on matters concerning the group as a whole. Two conferences were held in 2010 at which the main topic was the demerger.  

Statoil has contributed to global dialogue in the oil industry by promoting good employee and industrial relations practices through contributing in the expert group for international frame agreements in the European Commission and participation in the global tripartite ILO (International Labour Organization) oil industry meeting.

In 2010, the ICEM agreement with the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Union was renewed for another two-year period. This agreement supports and facilitates Statoil's ambition to further promote and develop good employee and industrial relations on a broad global basis.