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Although governments have the primary duty to protect and ensure fulfillment of human rights, Chevron believes that we have a responsibility to respect human rights and that we can play a positive role in the communities where we operate. As stated in The Chevron Way: “We respect the law, support universal human rights, protect the environment and benefit the communities where we work.” Chevron’s Human Rights Policy focuses on treating our employees in a manner consistent with The Chevron Way, conducting security operations in a responsible manner, evaluating how our operations may impact communities and engaging with suppliers on issues related to human rights. The policy is governed by an executive leadership body and involves oversight by our Board of Directors.
chevron’s human rights policy
Our Human Rights Policy was adopted in 2009, following a Human Rights Statement endorsed in 2005. It fosters greater awareness of human rights issues throughout the company and enhances our capabilities to identify and manage human rights across our business. We operationalize our Human Rights Policy by disseminating processes, procedures and tools to Chevron practitioners, including guidance on conducting risk assessments, on engaging with business suppliers and security providers, and on managing community issues. Our policy is consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles were developed through consultation with stakeholders, including Chevron, and endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011. Chevron’s Human Rights Policy includes compliance expectations, guidance on training, processes and procedures, and tools. The policy is embedded in the Chevron Business Conduct and Ethics Code compliance training for all employees. We also provide various levels of training, including awareness raising, for individuals most likely to encounter issues related to human rights.
As a founding member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, which launched in 2000, Chevron has long demonstrated its commitment to security and human rights issues. The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights is a multistakeholder initiative with government, civil society and company participants. It promotes implementation of a set of principles that guide oil, gas and mining companies on how to provide security for their operations in a manner that respects human rights. These principles are embedded throughout Chevron’s global operations. Our Operational Excellence Management System provides a comprehensive framework to identify and mitigate security risk and helps align security operations with our Human Rights Policy. In 2015, we updated the process governing security guidelines and safeguards, helping us continue conducting security operations in compliance with our Human Rights Policy and applicable national and international law.
Chevron identifies and manages potential community impacts through a variety of processes and tools that include social impact assessments and guidance for practitioners on how best to engage with Indigenous Peoples and manage land use and resettlement.
In 2015, Chevron launched exploration offshore Myanmar. We are committed to maintaining our respect for human rights throughout our operations. We engaged our seismic acquisition contractor in discussions on the management of potential scenarios related to its offshore work that could involve human rights issues. In addition, we recently conducted a social impact assessment using an internationally respected third-party contractor with expertise in human rights. In 2016, we reported on the corporate responsibility efforts we have undertaken in Myanmar in accordance with the U.S. Department of State’s Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements for Burma.
Chevron is committed to interacting with indigenous communities in a way that respects their history, culture and customs. We carry out this commitment by following our Human Rights Policy, which sets the expectation for the company to consult with indigenous communities and understand their perspectives on Chevron projects and ongoing operations. Our approach to indigenous engagement is consistent with relevant external guidelines, including the World Bank’s Operational Policy and Bank Procedure on Indigenous Peoples. Chevron’s Indigenous Peoples' Guidance document outlines building blocks to effective management of relations with Indigenous Peoples, which include stakeholder identification, defining the regulatory framework, pre-consult and define a preferred method of engagement, assess potential impacts and benefits, conduct community consultations, and develop and implement Indigenous Peoples’ plans. On-the-ground practitioners also benefit from active information sharing among a network of experienced Chevron employees.
We respect property rights wherever we operate. Chevron’s Human Rights Policy expects that the company will avoid relocation or resettlement whenever possible. When resettlement is unavoidable, we strive to work collaboratively and transparently with local communities, including Indigenous Peoples, to foster ongoing support for our activities. Our policies and procedures are consistent with relevant external guidelines, including the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability. Chevron’s Resettlement Guidance document provides a framework for projects and operations to utilize when considering resettlement, from assessment and planning to implementation. Resettlement objectives include informed business decision making, partner alignment and consultation with affected persons.
Chevron’s Grievance Mechanism Guidance document outlines steps for operations to design or update an operational-level grievance mechanism that strives to be legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, transparent, and rights-compatible. The mechanism should be based on engagement and dialogue and promote continuous learning.
Community of practice
Chevron also benefits from an internal “community of practice” network of experienced social performance practitioners. For example, Chevron convenes workshops for company practitioners who are involved in managing land issues related to resettlement. In the workshops, Chevron practitioners discuss how the company's expectations on human rights extend to resettlement issues, discuss relevant international standards and share lessons learned from their practical experiences.
respecting the wayúu way of life
For 35 years, Chevron has worked with La Guajira communities in Colombia, producing energy, strengthening their capabilities and respecting their way of life.
We encourage our suppliers to treat their employees and to interact with communities in ways that respect human rights and are consistent with the spirit of our Human Rights Policy. We require that our key suppliers adhere to all domestic laws and encourage them to align their practices with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) core principles. These principles include the freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of forced and compulsory labor, the abolition of child labor, and the elimination of discrimination in the workplace. We also use regular meetings with our key suppliers to reinforce our human rights principles and to raise our suppliers' awareness of potential human rights issues.
In 2015, we sent a letter to the senior leaders of more than 400 goods and services companies. The letter outlined Chevron’s commitment to respecting human rights and our expectation that our business partners treat their employees and interact with communities in a manner consistent with our Human Rights Policy and the ILO’s core labor principles.
We treat our employees with dignity and respect and promote diversity in the workplace. Our company policies and procedures adhere to all applicable domestic laws and are consistent with ILO core labor principles, including freedom of association and collective bargaining, nondiscrimination, and the elimination of forced labor and underage workers in the workplace.
external leadership in human rights
Chevron works to advance initiatives related to business and human rights, including through groups such as IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. IPIECA’s Human Rights Task Force and Social Responsibility Working Group develop best practices and disseminate learning materials to industry practitioners on key issues where human rights impacts can occur, including within our supply chain and security operations, and in the communities where we operate. Chevron helped IPIECA develop its Responsible Security Operations Task Force, which is working to share practices on security and human rights through information sharing, training and peer learning. Chevron is also a member of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and other organizations that seek to advance corporate respect for human rights around the world.