New York City, USA, September 24, 2018 – BP, Equinor, Shell and Total CEOs announce that they have agreed to join forces to create a collaborative approach to human rights supplier assessments in the energy industry.
Participating companies recognise the importance of working with suppliers that respect human rights, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and that care for their people.
The objective of this initiative is to create an industry framework for human rights supplier assessments. Results of conducted assessments will be shared with the participating companies through an independent third party. Work is currently ongoing to establish the assessment criteria and sharing mechanism.
The desired outcome is to make it easier and more efficient for suppliers to demonstrate how they respect human rights and care for their people. The sharing mechanism across the participating parties aims to support the improvement of working conditions in our companies’ supply chains.
As members of the UN Global Compact, BP, Equinor, Shell and Total, believe this initiative supports the objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 8, which is to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.
The initiative does not include collaboration on selection of suppliers, which continues to remain the independent decision of each participant.
The four initiators of this collaboration – BP, Equinor, Shell and Total – invite other companies in the industry to join.
BP is a global energy business, with operations in more than 70 countries. We explore for and produce oil and gas, manufacture and market fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals, and have interests in a range of lower carbon activities. BP employs over 74,000 people around the world, has more than 18,000 retail sites worldwide and in 2017 produced an average of 3.6 million barrels of oil equivalent oil and gas a day.
Equinor is an international energy company present in more than 30 countries worldwide, including several of the world’s most important oil and gas provinces. Founded in 1972 under the name Den Norske Stats Oljeselskap AS—Statoil (the Norwegian State Oil company), we changed our name to Equinor in 2018. Our headquarters are in Stavanger, Norway, and we have over 20,000 employees.
About Royal Dutch Shell plc:
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with an average of 86,000 employees in more than 70 countries. We use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future. For further information, visit www.shell.com