As stated in our Human Rights Position, we recognize the dignity of all human beings and our core values embrace these inalienable rights for all people to live their lives free from social, political, or economic discrimination or abuse. We believe businesses have an important role to play to advance respect for human rights throughout the world and to conduct business consistent with the human rights philosophies expressed in global frameworks. We conduct business consistent with the human rights philosophy expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, which includes the core labor standards related to nondiscrimination, freedom of association, right to collective bargaining, and avoiding the use of forced or child labor. Our approach to engagement with indigenous communities in locations where they are an important stakeholder group for our operations, is consistent with the principles of the International Labour Organization Convention 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Our intent regarding human rights is also reflected in our Code of Business Ethics and Conduct and health, safety and environmental policy. We are committed to respecting human rights and engaging with those who impact or may be impacted by our business. When our operations identify potential human rights concerns during risk assessments, they then develop engagement plans and specific actions to manage and mitigate that risk.
Human Rights Training and Awareness
Our approach encompasses a broad range of activities and tools. We’ve adapted and applied a human rights tool kit developed by IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, and utilize a number of business practices, processes and tools to implement our human rights position.
We continue to support the IPIECA social responsibility working group and human rights project. Additionally, we participate in IPIECA’s broader work on human rights due diligence and grievance mechanisms and incorporate IPIECA guidance into our own training and practices.
Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights
We maintain ongoing discussions with government, NGO and other business stakeholders through our participation in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR). We have been a member of the VPSHR initiative since its inception in 2000. Our social performance guidance directs our VPSHR implementation and our annual report to the VPSHR details our current practices as well as provides updates for previous years.
We continue to conduct regular VPSHR training of security providers in priority countries for security and human rights issues. Security personnel and community engagement practitioners, including contractors, complete corporate human rights training on VPSHR on an annual basis. All contract security organizations are required to provide VPSHR training to their employees and comply with the principles. Training is also provided for the ConocoPhillips workforce as part of the onboarding process when working in field locations when relevant.
Economic Transparency and Reporting
We endorse transparency in the extractive industries. We are a participating member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), one mechanism which seeks to ensure that natural resource wealth is an engine for economic growth that contributes to sustainable development and poverty reduction.
We remain actively involved in the EITI process and implementation in participating countries in which we operate. Currently, we are engaged in exploration and/or production activities in EITI member countries Colombia, Indonesia, Norway, Timor-Leste and the United Kingdom. Current EITI information can be found here.
We note that various other transparency initiatives have either been adopted or are under development in areas in which we operate, including the Dodd-Frank Act in the United States and the EU Accounting and Transparency Directives in the European Union. These initiatives include detailed mechanisms for payment transparency, which we believe can and should be accomplished in a manner that:
- Does not require companies to violate existing contractual and legal obligations.
- Is fair to all participants in the extractive industries.
- Does not place unreasonable administrative burdens and expenses on reporting companies.
- Does not place reporting companies at a strategic disadvantage as compared with nonreporting companies.