Eni builds long-term relationships with a range of renowned Human Rights experts and organizations in order to reach multiple goals ranging from undertaking joint actions to improving its understanding of cutting-edge topics, from contributing to the debate on Business and Human Rights to exchanging lessons learned and best practices. For a list of collaborations/partnerships on other Sustainability topics, click on the relevant page.
UN Special Procedures on Business and Human Rights
In 2009 Eni participated in the consultations preceding the approval of the UN Guiding Principles developed by Professor Ruggie, the then-UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Representatives from Eni have attended the UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights since the first edition held in 2012 and appreciate the valuable opportunity for understanding the perspectives of NGOs and Rights-holders and listening to their conversations with international institutions and companies.
In 2018, Eni played an active part in the session “Community Engagement for Human Rights Impact Assessments in challenging contexts: a round table discussion”. The aim of Eni’s involvement was to describe the approach followed in carrying out the Human Rights Impact Assessment process in Myanmar on the RSF5 on-shore block between 2016 and 2018, in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). In particular, Eni described the characteristics of the project and the lessons learned in the process.
The International Labour Organization
Thanks to collaborations with the International Labour Organization (ILO),and the training institute of the International Labour Organization, Eni has developed a number of initiatives on the subject of international labour standards and equal opportunities, including online seminars, and studies on international regulatory framework including the ratification status of ILO Fundamental Conventions in all the Countries in which Eni actually operates.
Eni joined the Global Business Network for Social Protection Floors promoted by the ILO in 2015 to share practices multinationals have adopted in relation to social security.
The UN Global Compact
Eni has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2001, and its Communication on Progress has qualified as Advanced Level since 2009: this is an important achievement given the stringent requirements for this qualification.
Eni participates in Global Compact’s international working groups on issues relating to labour, Human Rights and anti-corruption. The working groups provide meaningful opportunities for fruitful cross-sectoral collaboration concerning emerging trends, lessons learned and best practices.
Eni is also part of the LEAD initiative within Global Compact, reserved for companies Global Compact considers as able to take on an international leadership role in their commitment to sustainable development, not only respecting its 10 principles, but also actively promoting the UN’s sustainable development goals.
For a description of Eni’s participation in Global Compact, click on the relevant page.
The Danish Institute for Human Rights
Eni has been cooperating with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) since 2008. The partnership encompasses a wide range of activities, from support on how to structure Eni’s Human Rights Due Diligence process to projects focused on specific operating sites, including Human Rights compliance and impact assessments. “The DIHR is Denmark’s National Human Rights Institution. As part of its legal mandate, DIHR can engage directly with private actors. The purpose of this engagement is to address the positive and negative Human Rights impacts of business operations around the world. DIHR strives to publicly disseminate knowledge based on experiences gained in corporate engagement projects in order to advance Human Rights in the wider corporate sector. Being an impartial, independent National Human Rights Institution DIHR does not offer public endorsements of specific corporate actors”.
Eni’s participation in IPIECA, the association that brings together Oil and Gas companies, to improve the environmental and social performance of the industry is strategic. Besides being a member of the Human Rights Task Force, Eni participates in Working Groups focused on various topics with direct links to Human Rights issues, including the Working Groups on Social Responsibility, Supply Chains, Climate Change, Health, Water, Oil Spills and Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Eni is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Among other activities, Eni participates in the work of the Social Impact and Climate & Energy clusters and in the activities and events focused on Business and Human Rights.
For a description on Eni’s participation in the WBCSD, click on the relevant page.
The Institute for Human Rights and Business
Eni collaborates with the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), an independent organization that works as a global centre of excellence and expertise on the issue of relations between business and Human Rights. The IHRB engages directly with business leaders, representatives of governments and other stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, operational practices and the initiatives of multiple relevant stakeholders on this important issue.
The Institute also provides analyses of the performance of governments, companies and other stakeholders in the field of Human Rights.
Eni has been an active contributor to the activities of the IHRB since 2012.
In 2012, Eni took part in the consultations held by the European Commission in relation to the drafting of the Guidance for the Oil and Gas sector on the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as for the Employment and Recruitment Agencies’ Guidance.