It does not matter how high you build the walls around a compound if you do not address the concerns of the local inhabitants on the outside.

Identifying social risk and making decisions based on our interests and the interests of the societies in which we operate are integral to our CSR policy.

Full compliance

Statoil conducts all safety and security activities in accordance with applicable laws and internationally recognised human rights.

To strengthen its commitment, Statoil has been a supporting member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) since 2002. We strive to make sure that our use of security resources complies with the Voluntary Principles.

Responsible policy

Our CSR policy reflects our commitment to the VPSHR. The principles are further integrated in our security procedures and management system. The procedures outline how to manage and deploy security resources. They emphasise how important it is that all security personnel working on Statoil's behalf display universal respect for human rights, act within the law and comply with the company's rules on the use of force and firearms, which are in accordance with the UN Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials and the UN Code of conduct for Law Enforcement Officials.

Relevant training

All Statoil security providers must be given initial training commensurate with their duties. As a minimum, the training must also include human rights training as well as the rules of necessity and proportionality in relation to the use of force. Security providers should also undergo refresher training once a year, including updates on policy and procedures, and reminders on ethics, human rights, the use of force and first aid. Further training in human rights, including our commitment to the Voluntary Principles, is also provided for all staff as part of our general training in corporate social responsibility. More in-depth human rights awareness sessions were held in 2011 for exposed groups throughout the organisation.

In all contracts with private security personnel, we include human rights criteria as part of pre-qualification screening, integrity due diligence and contractual provisions and clauses.

Primary responsibility

We are a major operator in Norway, but most of our equity production outside Norway is operated by joint ventures or licences in which we are a minority partner. Consequently, in many countries we are primarily only responsible for the security of office activities and for assurance and follow-up in partner committees.

Our approach to security varies, taking into account differing risk levels in diverse locations. While circumstances in some locations require using armed security, our security personnel are unarmed in most locations. All of our locations are covered by the same corporate requirements, including our commitment to the VPSHR. In 2011, VPSHR-relevant activities and follow-up took place in several countries.

In late 2011, we employed an NGO - Search for Common Ground (SFCG) - to carry out a risk assessment in coastal communities affected by our exploration activities off the coast of Tanzania. SFCG will also provide VPSHR-compliance training in the use of force and firearms for security personnel guarding our rigs against piracy in Tanzanian waters. Our armed security response will come from the Tanzanian Navy.