People are important to us: we develop processes and tools to ensure the application of international human rights standards.
Eni is committed to ensuring respect for internationally recognised human rights in its activities and to promoting respect in the context of activities entrusted to or conducted with partners, in line with the UN Guidelines for Businesses and Human Rights (UNGP) published in 2011, and adopted in the revision of the OSCE Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises the same year.
Our Code of Ethics specifically foresees the repudiation of all forms of discrimination, corruption, forced labour or child labour and requires special consideration for the recognition and safeguarding of the dignity, freedom and equality of all human beings, the protection of labour and union freedoms, health, safety, the environment and biodiversity.
Eni’s organisational and regulatory model has absorbed these principles and, in the Guidelines on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, the application of which is mandatory at Eni S.p.A. and all companies directly and/or indirectly controlled by the company, in Italy and abroad, outlines the principal commitments in managing a range key corporate processes to ensure that such rights are respected.
As foreseen by the company’s Sustainability Policy, and in the Guidelines on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, Eni is also committed to respecting the peculiar rights of indigenous peoples.
Indigenous peoples have specific rights because of their peculiar connection with the land. In the contexts where indigenous peoples are present, specific policies have been adopted that sanction Eni’s commitment to respecting the rights of such peoples and take due consideration of their expectations in business decisions. To date, the Indigenous Peoples Policy has been adopted by Eni for its operations in Australia and Norway.
In 2016, the Management System Guideline “A Responsible and Sustainable Enterprise” was also published, an internal document, the application of which is mandatory at Eni S.p.A. and all companies directly and/or indirectly controlled by the company, in Italy and abroad, which, among other things, reaffirms the company’s commitment to respect for human rights by all Eni functions, that are required to:
The same guidelines identify the main activities relevant for the respect of human rights, i.e. human resources, procurement, HSE, security, investment and trading.
We want to ensure the respect of human rights as expressed by the UN’s Guiding Principles with targeted interventions in geographic areas.
The chief executive, Claudio Descalzi, reaffirmed Eni’s commitment on the issue, when he opened a training workshop for the company’s top management entitled “Raising awareness on Business and Human Rights in Eni Activities”, which was held in October 2016.
The event, which was aimed at raising awareness about the issue of business and human rights issues, involved a panel of international experts, such as the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the University Of Notre Dame (Indiana, US) and IPIECA. The event was attended by Eni’s Board of Directors and Board of Statutory Auditors, as well as management representatives (200 people in person and 200 in streaming from abroad).
In the process of internally aligning the commitment to respect for human rights, training plays a fundamental role. The October 2016 workshop marked the start of a process of building awareness involving the entire population of Eni, with a specific distance learning plan for human rights aimed at:
22,000 people at Eni, from clerical staff to middle and top managers have already been trained on a distance basis, in the period between November 2016 and March 2017. Additional human rights training modules, for professional areas and those functions at Eni that are particularly relevant to the management of human rights, have been planned from 2017.
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