Respect for our employees’ human rights is integral to our recruitment, management and diversity and inclusion processes. Our code of conduct requires employees to report any suspected human rights abuses in our operations or those of our business partners.
We aim to ensure equal opportunity in recruitment, career development, promotion, training and reward for all employees – regardless of ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.
We operate in 78 countries and have around 54,000 suppliers, including contractors, vendors, service providers and contingent labour, plus thousands more in our wider supply chain.
We expect contractors and their employees to act in accordance with our code of conduct, human rights policy and our expectations of suppliers. Our standard procurement contracts include a requirement for suppliers to respect internationally recognized human rights, with a specific ban on the use of forced, trafficked or child labour.
Our labour rights due diligence process helps us to identify risks and impacts in our supply chain. These tools and resources can be used to screen suppliers in a consistent way anywhere in the world. We use it with suppliers on a risk-prioritized basis to understand how they manage these risks in their business and supply chain.
We are working with a number of our peers to create an oil and gas industry framework for human rights supplier assessments, with a particular focus on labour rights. When developed, it is intended that the results of these assessments can be shared with the participating companies through an independent third party. The aim is to make it easier and more efficient for suppliers to demonstrate how they respect human rights and support improvements in working conditions.
We are developing a more systematic approach to managing the risk of modern slavery and other labour rights issues by building it into our management systems, processes and procedures.
Some of our business activities and parts of our supply chain may pose a higher risk of labour rights and modern slavery issues than others. Since 2016 we have been taking a risk-based approach to monitoring our contractors and suppliers by considering:
Using this approach, we have been reviewing the risk of modern slavery at selected businesses, including mapping supply chains to identify high-risk contractors. This initial screening has led to further due diligence through questionnaires or on-site labour rights assessments, including worker interviews. In 2018 18 businesses were under review.
The assessments focus on key warning signs, such as passport retention, recruitment or other fees, wage deductions, employment contracts, working hours, shift patterns and living conditions.
Where we find an issue, we try to work with the contractor to resolve it and improve the situation of those affected. If a serious breach is found and no corrective action is taken, we reserve the right to terminate contracts.
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.