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 directly or indirectly originate any abuse or violation of human rights in any geographic location, context or activity throughout the value chain and sphere of influence with respect to our stakeholders.
These commitments are materialised through the adoption 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 2022, which can be consulted here.
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 the 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 to evaluate and improve our human rights compliance performance, Galp has been carrying out independent third-party operational assessments since 2018. We conducted human rights impact assessments in Angola (2020) and in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Eswatini and Namibia (in 2021). Accordingly, almost every geography in which Galp is present has been evaluated on human rights performance.
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.
Sao Tome and Principe (2018)
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.
Portugal and Spain (2018)
We have conducted a Human Rights assessment within the scope of NP 4469-1 Certification (Social Responsibility Management System, aligned with ISO 26000) in Portugal and Spain (Gijon and Valencia). No findings were identified in the external audit, related to Human Rights and Labour Practices.
In 2018, we also developed workshops in Portugal and Mozambique focused on grievance mechanisms which comprised among other matters, a framework approach to community consultation. These workshops were directed to a specific group at Galp which in the course of its work is or may be in contact with communities exposed to human rights issues.
In 2019 we conducted a human rights assessment on the activities of the headquarters of Petrogal Brasil and Rabo Branco field, in which we interviewed workers and service providers on a number of topics including health and safety, child labour, discrimination and diversity, vulnerable groups and communities, among others.
Also, in 2019 we implemented a set of training sessions for the entire organisation on the topic of diversity, namely unconscious bias.
In July 2020 we concluded the human rights assessment in Sonangalp, a JV between Galp and Sonangol. The assessment included interviewing employees and service providers on various topics, including health and safety child labour, discrimination and diversity, vulnerable groups and communities, among others.
Cape Verde, Mozambique, Eswatini and Namibia (2021)
In 2021 we conducted human rights assessments on (i) the retail and marketing business related Joint-Venture where Galp has a material stake named ENACOL (Cape-Verde); (ii) Galp operations in Mozambique in which Galp has been present for more than 60 years on the downstream fuels retail businesses, as well as in one of the largest natural gas projects in the world (Rovuma); (iii) Eswatini, in the hinterland of Mozambique, where Galp carries out fuel distribution activities through one of its subsidiaries, and (iv) Namibia, where Galp is currently involved in early upstream exploration phases with limited or no physical presence at all through unincorporated Joint-Ventures with other partners.
The type of issues identified in the assessments were: Labour Standards; Occupational Health & Safety; Security Arrangements and Community Impacts covering the most vulnerable groups
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 2021 by Galp, please see this document.