The oil and gas industry operates in some of the most challenging locations in the world, and can face complex human rights-related issues. Oil and gas projects can have a range of impacts on the human rights enjoyment of individuals, groups and communities. Because of this, IPIECA has been working on human rights issues and raising awareness across the industry for over a decade. IPIECA members are involved in a range of voluntary initiatives that seek to strengthen the capacity of companies to respect human rights in practice and to promote sound governance of natural resource revenues, including the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the UN Global Compact. Members also support the framework provided by the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which provide a common language for human rights and a set of high-level principles for managing human rights issues and risks.
The Business and Human Rights Project
IPIECA's Business and Human Rights Project builds on the collective experience and practical know-how of the association's members in the area of business and human rights, enabling members to engage proactively in the human rights debate, as well as demonstrate strong and continued industry support for the UN Guiding Principles. The project's activities have complemented the existing capabilities of oil and gas companies in two key areas: human rights due diligence and grievance mechanisms.
The project builds on IPIECA's existing work, with an additional focus on addressing the potential human rights impacts and issues that may occur through business relationships.
IPIECA’s publications are based on the realities of the industry’s operating contexts and provide practical guidance for oil and gas companies to design and implement their human rights activities. IPIECA’s work aims to facilitate shared learning and continuous improvement among members covering due diligence, impact assessments, business relationships, grievance mechanisms, security and engagement with Indigenous Peoples. IPIECA's guide to Integrating human rights into environmental, social and health impact assessments provides an introduction to human rights and their relevance to the activities of the oil and gas industry.