Eni’s commitment to respecting human rights of local communities
Eni’s commitment to respecting Human Rights of local communities is, together with environmental protection and socially responsible development of communities where Eni operates, one of the principles that contributes to our value creation (both for Eni and for communities), as recognized in our Sustainability Management System Guidelines (hereinafter referred to as MSG) and in the Eni’s Statement on respect for Human Rights, approved by the Board of Directors of Eni on December 2018.
The commitment to respecting the Human Rights of local communities is structured around the recognition of:
- the fundamental principle of free, prior, informed consultation;
- the consolidated practice of conducting environmental, socioeconomic, health and cultural impact assessments, including those related to indigenous people, in order to identify, prevent, and when applicable mitigate the possibly adverse potential and/or actual impact on Human Rights the company caused, contributed to or is associated with, such as those related to:
- rights to adequate food and drinking water, the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, adequate housing, education and the special rights of indigenous and tribal peoples;
- the crucial commitment to avoid the resettlement of local communities and provide appropriate compensation in case of unavoidable territorial acquisitions and resettlements for which joint agreements with the affected people should regardless be reached.
The salient Human Rights issues
These issues have been defined as “salient Human Rights issues” in a workshop held in 2017, organized as the starting activity of the Eni Human Rights and Business Working Group. The salient issues are those Human Rights which risk being more severely impacted by our business operations (the most salient Human Rights impacts). Indeed, the cluster of salient Human Rights issues includes community rights such as “land rights” and “environmental impacts resulting in impacts on livelihood, health, water availability of communities and indigenous peoples”.
Eni implements strategies, tools and specific actions, as well as the relative monitoring activities to manage these issues.
For information on Eni’s policies and processes on environmental and health issues which are also relevant for communities, visit the Global Health section and Environment pages that include details on our policies and actions to promote the health of our people, communities and partners and Eni’s commitment to a Healthy Environment. Specifically on Health issues, in the Health section of the Eni’s website information is available on the company’s initiatives aimed at preventing Health impacts involving potentially and actually affected stakeholders including, other than Eni’s people, contractors and local individuals and communities.