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IPIECA members share good practice and discuss common reporting challenges, opportunities and emerging issues. This enables members to keep up to date with external developments as well as learn from peers on how to improve their internal processes and external communications.

The Oil and gas industry guidance on voluntary sustainability reporting is IPIECA’s key tool to help companies shape the structure and content of their sustainability reporting. Published in conjunction with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), it brings together the collective wealth of the technical expertise of the membership of the three associations.

The guidance provides direction on the content of a typical industry report by covering 12 sustainability issues and 34 indicator categories. These issues and indicators have been selected based on industry consensus, together with significant insights and suggestions from an independent panel of stakeholders with expertise in the sector and sustainability reporting. These sustainability issues and indicators are listed below, with links to IPIECA’s guides, tools and materials that help members and industry address them.

Environmental issues (Section 4)
Climate change and energy E1: Greenhouse gas emissions Petroleum industry guidelines for reporting greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change: a glossary of terms

Climate change reporting framework: A pilot guidance document for the oil and gas industry   

Guidelines for implementing ISO 50001 energy management systems in the oil and gas industry.
E2: Energy use
E3: Alternative energy sources
E4: Flared gas
Biodiversity and ecosystem services E5: Biodiversity and ecosystem services Biodiversity and ecosystem fundamentals

An ecosystem approach to oil and gas industry biodiversity conservation

A guide to developing biodiversity action plans for the oil and gas sector

Ecosystem services guidance: Biodiversity and ecosystem services guide and checklist

A cross-sector guide for implementing the Mitigation Hierarchy

Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data
Water E6: Fresh water The Water Management Framework  

Global Water Tool for Oil and Gas - Version II (2015)

GEMI Local Water Tool

Water Risk Assessment e-learning course

Biofuels and water nexus: guidance document for the oil and gas industry

Efficiency in water use. guidance document for the upstream onshore oil and gas industry.

Identifying and assessing water sources

Review of water risk tools.
E7: Discharges to water
Local environmental impact E8: Other air emissions Oil spill preparedness and response: an introduction   
E9: Spills to the environment
E10: Waste
E11: Decommissioning
Health and safety issues (Section 5)
Workforce protection HS1: Workforce participation Health impact assessment: a guide for the oil and gas industry

Health management contract guidelines for clients and contractors

Fatigue in fly-in, fly-out operations 

Health good practices available from the Resources
HS2: Workforce health
HS3: Occupational injury and illness incidents
Product health, safety and environmental risks HS4: Product stewardship
Process safety and asset integrity HS5: Process safety
Social and economic issues (Section 6)
Community and society SE1: Local community impacts and engagement Indigenous Peoples and the oil and gas industry: context, issues and emerging good practice 

Guide to successful, sustainable social investment for the oil and gas industry 

Integrating human rights into environmental, social and health impact assessments

SE2: Indigenous people
SE3: Involuntary resettlement
SE4: Social investment
Local content SE5: Local content practices Local content: a guidance document for the oil and gas industry (2nd edition)
SE6: Local hiring practices and performance
SE7: Local procurement and supplier development
Human rights SE8: Human rights due diligence Human rights due diligence process: a practical guide to implementation for oil and gas companies 

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights: Implementation Guidance Tools  
SE9: Human rights and suppliers
SE10: Security and human rights
Business and transparency SE11: Preventing corruption Preventing corruption: promoting transparent business practices    
SE12: Preventing corruption involving business partners
SE13: Transparency of payments to host governments
SE14: Public advocacy and lobbying
Labour practices SE15: Workforce diversity and inclusion Community grievance mechanisms toolbox
SE16: Workforce engagement
SE17: Workforce training and development
SE18: Non-retaliation and grievance system


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