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Upholding labour rights in Oman

We commissioned independent assessments of labour conditions in our contractor workforce in Oman, where we work with contractors that employ migrant workers. The assessments, which included terms of recruitment and employment, identified issues related to working practices, passport retention, recruitment fees and worker grievance mechanisms
Gas production workforce, Oman

Since the initial assessments three years ago, we’ve made significant progress by working with our contractors to:

 

  • Develop action plans to reduce the risk of modern slavery on site and in their supply chains.
  • Put in place policies that prohibit forced labour, including specifically in relation to recruitment fees and restriction on workers’ freedom of movement.
  • Improve the way we communicate our expectations on labour rights to our contractors, including hosting management forums to raise awareness and share good practices.

“We’ve been working with BP to develop the Khazzan and Ghazeer gas projects. In advancing Petrofac’s commitment to enhancing human rights due diligence in our project supply chains, BP’s support has been key to improving the protection of subcontracted migrant workers.”
Ray Richardson,Oman country manager, Petrofac

To strengthen our controls, BP employees are on site monitoring conditions and raising worker awareness of their rights at work. This includes asking labour rights questions during workforce site inductions and making sure there is an effective mechanism for workers to raise concerns. Where we find contractors are not following our expectations we require them to take corrective actions ­– for example we have asked some contractors to repay recruitment fees to workers.