Eni’s internal Working Group on Business and Human Rights hosted a Workshop to identify the company’s Salient Human Rights issues.
In 2017, the newly established Eni Human Rights and Business Working Group started its activities by hosting a Workshop aimed at launching the identification of the company’s salient Human Rights issues.
The Workshop took place in Eni’s Headquarters in San Donato Milanese and involved 26 Managers from 22 Functional Areas. Most of the participants had already been involved in Human Rights activities, but some of them were relatively new due to turnover and because of the need to widen the scope of Human Rights activities to integrate recent developments in the field of Business and Human Rights. Taking these differences in terms of expertise and backgrounds into consideration, a Business and Human Rights training session opened the Workshop on salient issues.
In the process of identifying Eni’s salient Human Rights issues, the preliminary outcomes following the Workshop can be grouped into four main clusters:
|Human rights in the workplace||Human rights in contracting and procurement||Human rights in communities||Human Rights and Security|
A further key outcome of the Workshop was the identification of key enablers and barriers to addressing severe Human Rights impacts.
For enablers, the participants mentioned Eni’s strong management systems in several areas, e.g. the Health and Safety related systems and the system in place on Operational-level grievance mechanisms. They also mentioned the ongoing activities to work with Business Partners on specific issues and challenges.
As a key barrier, the participants mentioned the challenge of increasing, and using, their leverage in different business relationships, and more specifically in relationships with governments, subcontractors and beyond first-tier suppliers.
In 2018 the Salient Issues identification process will enter the phase of External Stakeholder consultation with meetings with NGOs, academics and Business and Human Rights experts. The information gathered will be integrated with the already-identified Salient issues as a final stage of the process. Tracking and monitoring tools and processes shall be designed in order to report on progress.
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