IPIECA started working on human rights in 2002. In the last decade we have produced and contributed to numerous publications that promote good practice, including a human rights training toolkit, an implementation guide for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and sustainability reporting indicators on human rights.
The oil and gas industry operates in complex environments where human rights issues are a central concern. It is imperative that the industry conducts business in a responsible way.
The oil and gas industry is committed to promoting respect for human rights in our areas of operation. This means carefully managing issues such as workforce health, safety and welfare, sensitivity regarding the potential impacts of the industry’s activities on local communities and positive relationships with business partners and suppliers.
In June 2011, IPIECA launched a new three-year initiative – the Business and Human Rights Project – that builds on the collective experience and practical know-how of the association’s members in the area of business and human rights.
The project’s activities are designed to complement the existing capabilities of oil and gas companies in two key areas: human rights due diligence and grievance mechanisms. Practical guidance on both topics is being developed as part of the project - furthering IPIECA’s body of human rights resources.
The business and human rights landscape has evolved significantly in the last five years. The project is designed to help oil and gas companies implement new and emerging international guidance, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Many oil and gas companies are engaging in productive multi-stakeholder dialogue related to business and human rights. This includes implementation of the Voluntary Principles and putting into operation the corporate responsibility to respect human rights as described in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights..