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Business relationships

Our relationship with our partners

Work session with partners

Building responsible relationships with our partners

We're aware of the change we can make together with our partners in the countries where we work. Side by side, we work to implement the environmental, social, safety, and health guidelines we support. To do so, we use our management system and regulatory body:
Management system
  1. Partner assessment. Before deciding to acquire an asset, we assess existing and potential risks that could arise during business operations, and we carry out a due diligence process.
  2. Resolutions. We generally use ajoint operating agreement (JOA) model that define the responsibilities and limits each partner has in the operation and management of an asset.
  3. Human rights clause. We have a specific norm that expressly indicates that the operator must respect internationally recognized human rights. This means: human rights must not be infringed upon, and if they are, there will be consequences.
  4. Audits. We conduct periodic controls to ensure the three previous points have been met.
  • Working with our partners to respect Human Rights

A man with his back to the camera on an offshore platform. Brazil.

Brazil

Respect for human rights is a key factor that also governs how we engage with our non-operated assets. The operators’ activities are reviewed on a regular basis, in order to improve joint performance in Human Rights, as well as in Safety and Environment. We work together with the main companies that operate in joint blocks with Repsol. We share standards, best practices, and our regulations, which are based on the highest international standards and also our success stories, both globally and specifically in Brazil, such as the Plataforma Educativa project, of our joint venture Repsol Sinopec Brasil, which is celebrating celebrates ten years of success in Brazil.

As another example, we have developed, together with the IBP (Brazilian Institute of Oil, Gas, and Biofuels), IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources), and other associated companies, the MAREM project (Environmental Mapping of Emergency Response at Sea). It is a georeferenced online map of the coast, with key and open information to help oil and gas companies in their emergency response plans in case of an oil spill at sea.

Cashiriari in the Camisea block.

Peru (Block 88 in Camisea)

Repsol has a 10% stake in the consortium that operates this block in Peru, and from the very start of our participation we’ve worked intensely with our partners to improve our human rights performance, being a sensitive area located close to the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Reservation (KNNR). Repsol has shared all its knowledge about the processes to follow in areas with indigenous presence — especially in the cases of communities in voluntary isolation or first contact. Our norms dictate that in those operations where the Company does not have management control, we will inform our partners about these policies and put all our knowledge and strategies at their disposal for us to meet our objectives.

In the first years of operations, we shared best practices in Biodiversity Monitoring Programs, Participatory Social-Environmental Monitoring Programs, Community Relations Programs, Anthropological Contingency Programs, and many others.

An important decision was made in 2017 by the consortium: to release all areas where no production or development activities were taking place. 82% of the area belonged to the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Indigenous Territorial Reservation. Repsol played a key role in this decision, opposing to any alternative other than the liberation of these areas.