Our Human Rights Policy and our Code of Conduct set out the principles for how we relate to our employees, partners, contractors and suppliers, as well as those communities affected by our business activities.
The Human Rights Policy was adopted by the Board of Directors and is based on recommendations of internal workshops held within relevant business areas and functions, union representatives and international experts, along with consultations with a range of stakeholders and experts on business and human rights in Norway and internationally.
We focus our efforts towards identifying and appropriately addressing our main risks for negatively impacting the human rights of people. Topics of particular relevance to Equinor are non-discrimination; safe, healthy and secure working conditions; avoiding human trafficking, forced labour and illicit forms of child labour; human rights of people in communities, as well as security and human rights.
To this end, we give priority to meaningful engagement with communities including indigenous peoples. Another priority is to build capacity among our own staff, suppliers and other business partners. We are continuing our training efforts on staff groups particularly involved in making decisions and taking actions that affect people’s human rights, as well as using companywide e-learning courses to raise awareness of human rights for all our employees.
Our human rights policy implementation progress is overseen and advised by our Human Rights Steering Committee. The committee, which consists of senior representatives from key business areas and functions and is chaired by the corporate sustainability function, also reports on our performance to the senior management and the board of directors’ Safety, Sustainability and Ethics Committee.
We expect our suppliers to maintain high standards of safety, security and sustainability, including respecting human rights in ways similar to our approach, throughout their value chain when performing work for us.
Safety, security and sustainability requirements apply throughout all phases of our procurement process. Most of our suppliers, based on certain criteria, must confirm that they will comply with our minimum standards for ethics, anti-corruption, security, health and safety and human rights issues including the ILO core conventions, by signing our Supplier Declaration. Suppliers whose performances for Equinor would entail a certain risk from an integrity or sustainability perspective, may also be subject to more extensive screening and review prior to contract awards. We have internal procedures for monitoring (including on-site verifications) and collaborating with suppliers to manage identified gaps and risks.