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Corporate Security

Protecting our employees and looking after our facilities in high-risk areas, ensuring respect for human rights

We are present in around 40 countries and operate in sensitive areas, making it necessary for corporate security to be part of the Company's many activities.

The strategic importance of the energy sector's infrastructures means that they are exposed to inherent risks of terrorism and armed conflict. They should therefore be protected with the help of private security companies and state security forces and bodies.

In December 2013 we formally joined the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR), an international initiative that aims to ensure the security of our operations in high risk areas and conflict zones through work procedures that respect human rights.

Some actions carried out within the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) framework are:

  • We identify key stakeholders.
  • We establish dialogue sessions with the stakeholders we have previously identified.
  • We carry out human rights risk and impact assessments on Human Rights in our operations: all of them cover aspects of corporate security and human rights and risks and impacts are identified and assessed. Based on these assessments, we select and implement mitigation measures and monitor their effectiveness. These studies are carried out with the participation of the communities and on a regular basis, to ensure continuous improvement.
  • We have operational grievance mechanisms open to employees, contractors, and any third party potentially affected by our operations.
  • We apply selection criteria: we include minimum guidelines for ethical and social behavior within the selection criteria of these providers.
  • We include human rights respect clauses in 100% of contracts with security forces, in which we require compliance with all our policies.
  • We participate and collaborate with the security representatives of other companies in the sector in joint ventures.
  • We train public and private security forces in Human Rights:

o 100% of our employees and those of our private security companies receive Human Rights training.

o We collaborate with public security forces through specific Human Rights training in countries such as Colombia or Peru.

  • We have signed agreements of understanding with public security forces in order to achieve efficient coordination of our operations.

More information in the annual report on the implementation of Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Find out more about some of the activities we carry out:

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  • Training the Community in Human Rights: in 2018, two training courses in human rights and International Humanitarian Law were held for members of the Bolivian Army, the Bolivian Air Force and the Bolivian Red Cross. The teaching staff was from the Center for Study in International Humanitarian Law (CEDIH) and the following people were trained:

-82 Army officers and non-commissioned Army officers;

-79 officers and non-commissioned Air Force officers. 

-10 members of the Bolivian Red Cross. 

  • Participation and collaboration with other companies in the sector: meetings have been held to share good practices on the implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
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  • Strengthening relations with Security Forces. Regular meetings are held to coordinate the protection of assets and people within the policies established by Repsol.
  • Participation and collaboration with other companies in the sector, through Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights dissemination and training meetings, with security managers of Ecuadorian oil companies.
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  • Dialogue and community participation, through dialogue sessions with the communities of Alta Guajira and by conducting human rights workshops and interviews with the Communities to identify human rights impacts.
  • Human Rights Training. Coordination and development of conferences and workshops on Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights for employees and contractors at the Colombia business unit Colombian, as well as for private security providers.
  • How we do it

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Committed to Human Rights

Through our Human Rights and Community Relations Policy, we express our commitment to proceed with human rights due diligence and establish sound relationships with the communities in our area of influence.
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    Committed to protecting the Company's people, interests, and property

    The Protection of Tangible and Intangible Assets Policy and the Company's Corporate Security Management Standard, outline our commitment to protecting the company's people, interests, and property. We also establish principles to guide corporate security, respecting human rights and regulating the use of weapons in surveillance and protection of people.
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    We adopt specific security measures and choose the right suppliers

    Managing corporate security strengthens the trust of our employees and communities. We ensure we're able to respond to unpredictable situations, which is fundamental in the management of security risks. To this end, we adopt specific measures in accordance with the situation and the places in which we operate and develop procedures that protect the safety and security of people and facilities, respecting human rights.