Modern slavery

Modern slavery encompasses a range of exploitative practices including forced or compulsory labour, human trafficking and servitude

We are assessing the risk of modern slavery in our business and supply chain by taking into account:

  • countries identified as posing a high degree of risk by Verisk Maplecroft, a risk analytics firm.
  • activities reliant on manual labour such as cleaning, catering, construction and certain types of manufacturing.
  • factors related to the vulnerability of the workforce, such as poverty levels; ethnic, religious or gender minorities; and migrant workers.

Given the breadth and complexity of our activities and supply chain, we are focusing our efforts where we believe there could be greater risk.

Through this work, we have identified large upstream construction projects as priorities for review. In our downstream portfolio, we are focusing on selected sites that we operate in our lubricants, fuels retail and refining businesses. We are also reviewing certain shipping activities and suppliers to our biofuels operations.

In some instances, this has led to further actions including reviewing of contractor workforce recruitment plans, conducting onsite assessments of worker rights and verifying contractors’ commitments to labour rights.

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