Human rights

We respect internationally recognized standards on human rights and assess our activities to confirm these rights are respected.

Article April 23, 2020

Human rights
Nearly 100 percent of private security personnel contracts [were] enhanced to include provisions to address human rights concerns.

Respecting human rights in conjunction with our business activities consists of several core elements including adhering to corporate policies and expectations, complying with applicable host country regulatory requirements and engaging with external groups. It also includes appropriate assessment and monitoring of labor and working conditions and people’s access to basic necessities.

oil and gas human rights considerations
Chart – Oil and gas human rights considerations
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Supply-chain human rights

Our Statement on Labor and the Workplace articulates our support of the principles of the International Labor Organization (ILO) 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles on Rights at Work, namely the elimination of child labor, forced labor and workplace discrimination, and the recognition of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Through our regimented procurement process, we seek business partners who observe similar standards. Purchases arranged for by our global procurement organization typically include contract language that requires adherence to all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety, security, health, the environment and human rights. Furthermore, requests for quotations issued by our procurement staff typically include clauses relating to the prohibition of forced or child labor and the payment of wages in accordance with local laws. Participants in such tenders are required to adhere to those requirements as a condition of participating in the tender process.

An additional means of managing supply-chain transparency involves auditing. A typical clause in our contracts requires suppliers and all their subcontractors to allow ExxonMobil access to all offices and work locations, to interview supplier and subcontractor personnel, and to make and retain copies of any records concerning compliance with contract requirements and the law. We select a certain percentage of suppliers annually for such audits, which include a compliance review on contract provisions.

Human trafficking issues have received considerable attention in recent years. ExxonMobil proactively manages supply chain risks, including those associated with human trafficking, through our Standards of Business Conduct and Statement on Labor and the Workplace. We also seek to reduce the underlying conditions that lead to human trafficking by working to engender economic growth and personal prosperity in areas that otherwise offer few opportunities.

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