The theme of this year’s UN Human Rights Day is ‘All human, all equal’. To mark this day and support a future with equality at its core, IPIECA is sharing guidance which can help oil, gas and alternative energy businesses contribute to a fairer future for all.
Putting human rights at the heart of business
The principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) are essential to advancing human rights, providing a globally recognised framework for governments and companies to protect and respect human rights.
The UNGPs are a core part of what IPIECA does. Since they were launched, IPIECA and its members have worked together to produce a whole suite of guidance and tools to support the industry to operationalise the UNGPs, including:
- Human rights due diligence guidance
- Community development agreements guidance
- Community grievance mechanisms in the oil and gas industry
Advancing social performance across the supply chain
The oil and gas industry has huge global supply chains. By supporting fair and socially responsible practices across the oil, gas and alternative energy supply chain, we can help improve the lives of millions of people.
IPIECA produces practical resources to help the industry identify, manage and mitigate social risks among its suppliers, with the most recent being:
- Supply chain library of questions and resources
- Labour rights risk identification in the supply chain
A human rights approach to the SDGs
Taking a human rights approach to development—one of equality, inclusion and non-discrimination—can help us deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Like the UNGPs, the SDGs recognise the important part that responsible business has to play in achieving a fairer, more prosperous world for all.
IPIECA has worked to support the delivery of the SDGs since they were launched in 2015. In 2021, in partnership with WBCSD, we published the SDG Roadmap for the oil and gas sector which features a series of 93 actions across the systemic themes of climate, nature and people, with specific recommendations related to fostering prosperity, good health and wellbeing across the industry workforce, supply chain and communities where we operate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic and social disruption, often disproportionally affecting the most vulnerable members of society.
IPIECA, in partnership with IOGP, has produced position papers that support the equitable and ethical distribution of vaccinations and address mental health risks associated with the pandemic, as well as guidance on pandemic management to aid organizations’ ability to continue to provide the energy needed to support the global response to COVID-19.
- Joint IOGP-IPIECA position on COVID-19 vaccines
- Mental health risks and the COVID-19 pandemic
- Pandemic management in the oil and gas industry
Societies that protect and promote human rights for everyone are more resilient and sustainable, and better equipped to weather pandemics and climate change. We invite you to download and share IPIECA resources with your contacts, and support the journey to a fairer world for all.
- 10 December 2021