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Respecting human rights

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In Equinor, it is important for us to pay close attention to the health, well-being and rights of everyone our business touches. This is reflected in our vision towards zero harm, our efforts towards building an inclusive culture and our name change.

Respecting human rights is essential for our licence to operate as a company and these fundamental principles have been embedded in Equinor’s corporate values, Code of Conduct and human rights policy, adopted by the board of directors of Equinor ASA in 2015 and renewed on 6 May 2020. Our human rights efforts are a journey where we strive for continuous improvement in our performance and behaviour.

Priority areas

Our human rights policy tells us how to behave to ensure we respect human rights, as well as setting out what we expect from our suppliers and other business partners. Below are the six priority areas we have identified in this policy.

Treating those working for us and those impacted by our operations fairly and without discrimination.

Safe working conditions
Providing safe, healthy and secure working conditions

Modern slavery
Opposing all forms of human trafficking and forced labour in our value chain

Respecting the human rights of people in communities impacted by our activities – including in relation to their use of land, water and other natural resources

Conducting our security activities in line with our commitment to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Child labour
Opposing all illicit forms of child labour in our value chain

Our approach

To drive our continuous improvement in the field of human rights, we apply human rights due diligence as the mechanism to enable progress, stakeholder collaboration and most importantly, avoiding harm for the people that may be affected by our business.

More about our approach to human rights

Raise a concern

In Equinor we have several ways of raising a concern or grievance.

If your enquiry is urgent or related to a safety issue, please call us immediately at +47 51 99 00 00.

We also have an independently hosted helpline available for anyone involved in or affected by our activities to raise a concern. We call this the Ethics helpline, as it is related to our efforts to act in an ethical, sustainable and socially responsible manner, which includes the respect of human rights. All information provided into this helpline is confidential and anonymous and is available in six different languages.

Norwegian Transparency Act

Should you have an enquiry related to our human rights performance, please use the contact us form (click the specific ‘Human rights info request’ category to ensure your question reaches the appropriate team).

Our performance

Equinor produces several reports which are linked to our efforts to continuously to embed human rights and implement adequate human rights due diligence processes into the way we conduct our business. The following reports support these efforts: