Galp is committed to promote, respect and comply with internationally recognised human rights.
We undertake to act so that none of our management actions and activities originate, directly or indirectly, abuse or violation of human rights in any geographic location, context and reality, not throughout the value chain and sphere of influence with respect to our stakeholders.
These commitments are materialised through the formalisation of our Human Rights Policy, which is aligned with internationally recognised standards, including the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact, the Universal
Declaration of the United Nations Human Rights as well as the Code of Conduct of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of indigenous communities (ILO 169 and IFC PS7).
In order to promote a full alignment with international best practices, Galp joined the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) in October 2016, and since then it embeds the VPs across its operations and business functions. Galp also endorses the Women’s Empowerment principles of UN to promote gender equality in workplace, marketplace and community.
Moreover, Galp is committed to generate shared value in the regions where it operates by identifying opportunities and linking Galp’s success to the progress of such communities thus promoting the social, economic and environmental progress therein, in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Galp´s Human Rights Policy is implemented in our strategy and activities, and pursues an ongoing process of due diligence to ensure the assessment of Galp´s impacts on human rights.
Bearing in mind the importance of gender equality, as a means of demonstrating Galp's commitment to this topic, Galp presented its Plan for equality for 2019, which can be consulted here, aligned with the commitments assumed by Galp for 2019 within the Business Forum for Equality – IGEN.
To ensure that Galp’s businesses properly mitigate the risk of affecting human rights, Galp looks at potential impacts through a human rights framework to assess whether additional mitigation is required. The results of this evaluation forms an integral part of our internal procedures to ensure effective responses to prevent and mitigate these impacts, and monitoring of the effectiveness of those measures.
We are evaluating impacts on human rights in the context of the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (John Ruggie Table). This analysis covers the assessment of all our operations in all 10 countries where we are established – Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, Portugal, São Tomé and Principe, Spain and eSwatini – and envisages the definition of an action plan to ensure that our practices are aligned with our Human Rights Policy. This work involves:
- profiling operations by geography/country;
- profiling human rights by geography/country;
- identifying impacts and/or risks of the operations profile on the human rights profile by geography/country;
- analysis of the implications for human rights;
- assessment and risk quantification;
- proposed actions to identify measures to mitigate impacts;
- identification of the legal requirement and/or regulations which frame each of the impacts/risks;
- establishment of grievance mechanisms;
- implementation of a stakeholder engagement plan.
In this context and in order to evaluate on human rights, operational assessments in Mozambique and São Tomé e Principe were carried out in 2018. In 2019, we have initiated the human rights impact assessment in Brazil, which we expect to be completed during Q3.
The assessment included the identification and assessment of human rights risks and impacts on Galp’s operations, including the retail stations, LPG and lubricants storage parks and the minority participating interest ownership in the Hydrocarbons Exploration & Production activities to be carried out in Block 4 of the Rovuma Basin.
São Tomé and Príncipe
This assessment was directed at the exploratory and appraisal drilling program in the offshore blocks 6 (Galp operator), 5, 11 and 12 (Galp minority stake) with the purpose of identifying the human rights implications in relation to the potential impacts of the project’s footprint and to provide mitigation measures (if required) to reduce the probability of these risks occurring. The objective is therefore to ensure that the rights of stakeholders, directly or indirectly affected by the project, are protected and not negatively impacted by the project. No remediation plan was needed until the current project stage.
In 2018 we also developed workshops in Portugal and Mozambique focused on the grievance mechanism which comprised among other matters, a framework approach to community consultation. These workshops were given to a specific group at Galp which in the course of its work is or may be in contact with communities affected by human rights issues.
As a reference company in the energy sector, Galp endorses corporate social responsibility as a fundamental element of its management within its entire value chain and in its relationships with stakeholders, in the different contexts and geographies in which it operates.
The company’s human rights overall commitments are specifically laid out in the following external and internal documents:
For more information on human rights assessments carried out in 2018 by Galp, please see this document.