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Human rights

Our commitment to human rights

Our commitment to human rights

Respect for human rights is one of our priorities

We are present in 37 countries and always align our operations with the United Nations Guiding Principles. We foster the respect for human rights by following standard international principles and developing our own policy to ensure they are met.

We recognize companies' role as agents of change that must respect human rights and all applicable laws. We are aware that, due to the nature of our activities and the conditions in some of the environments where we operate, there are some areas with a greater risk of impacting human rights concerning:

  • Our relationship with public and private security forces.
  • Our business relationships.
  • Our relationship with different communities.
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We defend the international regulatory framework and ensure human rights. Therefore, we follow the principles set out in:
  • The International Bill of Human Rights
  • The International Labor Organization Declaration, and the eight fundamental conventions that underpin them:
1. Freedom of association and protection of the right to organize
2. Right to organize and right to collective bargaining
3. Forced labor
4. Abolition of forced labor
5. Minimum age
6. Worst forms of child labor
7. Equal pay
8. Discrimination (employment and occupation)

Our own Human Rights and Community Relations Policy

Our internal regulations are aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles and built on three pillars:
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    We ensure human rights are respected in all our activities with employees, local communities, customers, partners, and in our business relationships.
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    Due diligence
    We identify and assess the potential impacts on human rights before undertaking a new activity or starting a business relationship.
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    Incident reporting channels
    We establish processes for communication, questions, complaints, and reparations available to the people affected by our activities.

Our commitment to human rights guides all of our actions

We are committed to integrity, responsibility, transparency, flexibility, and innovation. These values make up the framework that guides the basic behavior of all of our employees. Ethical conduct is essential and, as approved by our Board of Directors, our code applies to all Repsol board members, directors, and employees, regardless of the type of professional or work contract they have. Suppliers are also required to abide by our regulations and behave ethically at all times to establish legitimate and productive relationships with their own suppliers and other companies with which they maintain a contractual relationship.

These codes set out a variety of rights, including:

  • Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
  • Rejection of child labor
  • Rejection of forced labor

Our policies, approved by our Corporate Executive Committee, are respectful of the communities in our area of influence. We respect their identity, cultural diversity, different aspirations and needs, and their right to maintain their customs and social practices as laid out in our policy.

We work to provide increased security to shareholders, customers, employees, and other stakeholders by anticipating, managing, and controlling the risks to which the company is exposed.

Due diligence is an important part of all our operations

We are proud that we have mechanisms in place to help us work with due diligence in the area of human rights. We've had a specific internal policy on human rights since 2013. The assessment regulations are especially important in ensuring that human rights risks are identified throughout the life cycle of our projects, from design to dismantling. According to the United Nations Guiding Principles, due diligence is the process that helps us assess the real and potential effects of our activities. In accordance with due diligence, we analyze the context and specific social, economic, and cultural aspects in the countries where we operate, we assess our impacts, and we work under the commitment to maximize positive consequences while minimizing or mitigating the negative ones.

Anticipating and preventing negative impacts thanks to our incident reporting channels

Responding to incident reports, concerns, and complaints from the communities in our areas of influence helps us find solutions to possible consequences that may arise due to company activities.

That's why we set up incident reporting channels in the countries where we operate. In 2017, we received 87 human rights claims, of which 68 have been resolved and 14 are currently being processed.

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Best practices

The best way to show our commitment to human rights is by sharing real stories about the actions we have taken.