Respecting human rights and conditions of labour are vital to maintaining our values and achieving a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship between business and society.
Human rights and labour conditions are stipulated in our corporate policies and implemented in our operations. This includes affected populations and indigenous peoples.
Failure to show such respect represents a breach of our ethical standards and could also have serious legal consequences.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is our common ethical foundation.
Our commitment is further rooted in our support of the United Nations Global Compact principles that cover human rights and labour conditions, the environment and anti-corruption.
In conflict zones where human rights challenges may be particularly demanding, our use of security services and operations is covered by our commitment to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. StatoilHydro also supports the work of Amnesty International through a corporate agreement.
Managing human rights risks
Careful routines to manage human rights risks in our operations are integrated into our business processes through risk assessment procedures, impact assessments, due diligence procedures, and stakeholder dialogue.
Moreover, our governance and management system ensures that all company activities are in line with our policies and procedures.
Statoil is also taking the lead – together with other partners in the Business Leaders’ Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) – to better understand the business implications of our UN Global Compact commitments. As part of this initiative, we are piloting Human Rights Assessments in partner countries to review the application of human rights in our processes and operations.
To ensure that staff across the company stay abreast of our continuous learning and advancement in this area, we are also in the process of developing a human rights training programme for our employees.