We ensure the management, analysis and handling of whistleblowing reports received, by Eni and by its subsidiaries in Italy and abroad.
Analysis and management of whistleblowing reports
In compliance with the provision of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the company’s Organisational, Management and Control Model, pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree. n. 231 of 2001, and internal anti-corruption regulations, we have adopted a system for the management of whistleblowing reports that enables us to manage whistleblowing reports received, including anonymously, by Eni SpA and by its subsidiaries in Italy and abroad.
We guarantee the management, analysis and handling of whistleblowing reports that are sent by or transmitted form anyone, stakeholders, Eni’s People (Eni personnel and anyone, physical or legal persons, who operate in Italy and abroad for achieving Eni’s objectives, each within the scope of their own functions and responsibilities) or other third parties, also when confidential or anonymous. Eni consider a whistleblowing report any communications concerning behaviours that relate to Eni's People in violation of the Code of Ethics, any laws regulations, provisions of authorities, internal regulations, Model 231 or Compliance Models for foreign subsidiaries, that may cause damage or prejudice to Eni, even if only to its public image. These include cases of fraud, against the company assets and/or in financial reporting, illegitimate behaviour pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree. n. 231 of 2001 and/or in violations of an intentional and/or fraudolent nature of Model 231 or the Compliance Models for foreign subsidiaries, possible corruptions or violations of anti-corruption regulatory instruments. The outcome of the investigation carried out by the Internal Audit function on the reported facts are presented to internal inter-functional bodies dedicated to manage whistleblowing reports, the Board of Statutory Auditors, the Supervisory Board and for whistleblowing reports within their area of responsibility to Eni SpA’s Watch Structure and top management and to the top management and the control and supervisory bodies of each subsidiaries involved.
The company guarantees the strict confidentiality on the persons and facts reported and anonymity of whistleblowers to ensure that they are not subject to any form of retaliation.
The rules governing this area are contained in the document “Whistleblowing reports received, including anonymously, by Eni SpA and by its subsidiaries in Italy and abroad”, which was approved by Eni’s Board of Statutory Auditors in its capacity as the Audit Committee pursuant to the provisions of the SOA.
Whistleblowing reports may be sent using a dedicated form. click here to send a report.
This channel is considered preferential and suitable for guaranteeing, with IT tools, the confidentiality of the identity of the whistleblower.
|Whistleblowing files opened during the year categorized according to the process that is the subject of the report: (number)||73||81||68||74||73|
|Human resources (a)||23||23||22||16||27|
|Logistic, law materials and products||4||6||3||3||3|
|Others (security, operations, portfolio management and trading)||16||19||14||12||9|
|Whistleblowing files that have been closed during the year divided according to the outcome of the investigations:||83||79||74||73||74|
|Unfounded, with the adoption of improvement measures||35||30||26||32||18|
|Unfounded/Not ascertainable(c)/not applicable(d)||38||34||30||19||33|
(b) Investigations conducted have revealed evidence that one or more of the assertions in the report are reasonably believed to be true (classification introduced from October 1st, 2021)
(c) Whistleblowing reports that do not contain any circumstantial, precise and/or sufficiently detailed elements and/or, for which, on the basis of the investigative tools available, it is not possible to confirm or exclude the validity of the assertion contained in the report
(d) Whistleblowing reports in which the facts reported coincide with the subject of pre-litigation, disputes and investigations in progress by public authorities (for example, ordinary and special judicial authorities, administrative bodies and independent authorities with supervisory and control functions). The assessment is carried out subject to the opinion of the legal affairs function or other competent functions.
Management of whistleblowing Reports and respect for human rights
With regard to whistleblowing reports, in 2021 investigations were completed on 74 files1, of which 302 included human rights aspects, mainly concerning potential impacts on workers’ rights and occupational health and safety.
Among these, 40 assertions were verified with the following results: for 5 of them the reported facts were confirmed, at least in part, and corrective actions were taken to mitigate and/or minimise their impacts, including: (i) actions on the Internal Control and Risk Management System, relating to the implementation and strengthening of existing controls; (ii) actions against suppliers; (iii) actions against employees, including disciplinary measures, in accordance with the collective labour agreement and other national laws applicable.
At the end of the year, 15 files were still open, 5 of which referred to human rights aspects, mainly concerning potential impacts on workers’ rights.
1) Whistleblowing File: a summary document of the investigations carried out on the whistleblowing report(s) (which may contain one or more detailed and verifiable assertions) and that contains a summary of the investigation carried out on the reported facts, the result of the investigations and any action plans identified.
2) Of which 2 relating to subsidiaries not fully consolidated.
|Whistleblowing files (assertions) on human rights violations closed during the year and categorized by results of the investigations and typology. (number)||29 (32)||31 (34)||20 (26)||25(28)||30 (40)|
|Potential socio-economic impacts on local communities (a)||0||0||0||0||0|
|Potential impacts on health, safety and/or well-being of local communities (b)||0||0||0||1||0|
|Potential impacts on worker rights (c)||3||6||5||6||2|
|Potential impacts on workplace health and safety (d)||0||3||2||4||0|
|Partially founded assertions (e)||-||-||-||-||3|
|Potential socio-economic impacts on local communities||-||-||-||-||0|
|Potential impacts on health, safety and/or well-being of local communities||-||-||-||-||1|
|Potential impacts on worker rights||-||-||-||-||2|
|Potential impacts on workplace health and safety||-||-||-||-||0|
|Unfounded assertions, with the adoption of corrective/improvement measures||9||9||8||9||7|
|Potential socio-economic impacts on local communities||0||0||1||0||1|
|Potential impacts on health, safety and/or well-being of local communities||0||0||0||0||0|
|Potential impacts on worker rights||8||8||5||7||3|
|Potential impacts on workplace health and safety||1||1||2||2||3|
|Unfounded/Not ascertainable(f)/Not applicable assertions(g)||20||16||11||8||28|
|Potential socio-economic impacts on local communities(b)||0||0||0||0||1|
|Potential impacts on health, safety and/or well-being of local communities(c)||2||2||1||0||3|
|Potential impacts on worker rights(d)||15||12||10||8||14|
|Potential impacts on workplace health and safety(e)||3||2||0||0||10|
(b) Including the requirements for the management of polluting products.
(c) Including delays in the recognition of due wages, discrimination, harassment, bullying and mobbing.
(d) Including unhealthy and/or insecure workplace environments.
(e) Assertions whose verifications have revealed partial elements confirming the validity of the facts reported in them (classification introduced from October 1st, 2021)
(f) Allegation that do not contain any circumstantial, precise and/or sufficiently detailed elements and/or, for which, on the basis of the investigative tools available, it is not possible to confirm or exclude the validity of the facts reported in them.
(g) Allegations in which the facts reported coincide with the subject of pre-litigation, disputes and investigations in progress by public authorities (for example, ordinary and special judicial authorities, administrative bodies and independent authorities with supervisory and control functions). The assessment is carried out subject to the opinion of the legal affairs function or other competent functions.