Other initiatives and commitments

We endorse international principles and initiatives aligned with our commitments and strategy. Through this practice, we demonstrate our determination and our high level of commitment to all stakeholders.

The Global Compact

United Nations Global Compact

We commit ourselves to respecting and protecting the ten universal principles set out by the United Nations.

Galp is committed to upholding these principles by establishing policies, setting goals, and implementing and monitoring measures.

The ten universal principles related to human rights are divided into four practical dimensions:

  • Human rights;
  • Labour practices;
  • Environmental protection;
  • Anti-corruption.

The ten universal principles - United Nations Global Compact

Human Rights 1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human right
2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
Labour 4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
5. The effective abolition of child labour
6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Environment 8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
Anti-Corruption 10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

 Learn more about the Global Compact.

 

Equality Business Forum

Promoted by the Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment (CITE), this initiative commits Galp into developing actions that promote gender equality.

We joined the Business Forum for Equality in 2014 with a view to developing the principles of equality and non-discrimination between men and women at work and in employment, as well as reconciling work, personal and family life.

We intend to achieve improvements in the scope of sustainable practices, organizational justice and the satisfaction of all our employees.

Click here to learn more about The Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment (CITE), and our Plan for equality 2019.

 

Code of Conduct - Companies and HIV

In consolidating our commitment to social responsibility we underwrote, in 2012, the Code of Conduct – Companies and HIV.

We reinforce our commitment to the values of non-discrimination and equal rights of workers, regardless of their health condition.

This Code of Conduct, framed within the principles adopted by the UN and the International Labour Organization Code of Conduct, enshrines:

  • The non-discrimination of people living with the infection with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus);
  • The equal access to prevention and treatment of HIV;
  • The dissemination among workers of information concerning the infection;
  • The recognition that taking tests to detect the infection is an important public health measure, which cannot affect the employees’ admission or progress in their careers.

Zero Routine Flaring

In 2015, as an exploration and production operator, we joined the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative.

Our goal is to scale routine gas flaring to zero in new E&P projects. In 2015, we had the opportunity to strengthen this commitment by joining World Bank initiative as an E&P activity without routine flaring.

The goal is to reduce gas flaring (in normal operation), as it contributes to CO2 emissions and other pollutants. This objective extends until 2030 and the initiative relies on the cooperation of several institutions, governmental entities and companies within our sector.

See the official World Bank announcement. 

CDP

We support the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) initiative - a platform that disseminates important environmental information for impact management and environmental protection.

This support reflects our commitment to meeting future energy needs whilst minimizing the carbon intensity of our activity and protecting the environment.

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. CDP is a platform that disseminates important environmental information for impact management and environmental protection. Environmental performance data, voluntarily provided by various public and private entities, is collected and processed by CDP for analysis on critical environmental risks, opportunities and impacts. The resulting information is used by investors, customers, and public decision-makers to make better decisions, manage risk, and capitalize on opportunities.

Galp remains amongst the global leaders in corporate sustainability according to CDP’s 2018 scoring which distinguished the Company for its water management actions and information provided on climate risks and low carbon opportunities.

The Company is one of 42 companies worldwide included on leadership rankings for taking action in both water security and climate change, being the only one within the Oil & Gas sector to achieve an A or A- score in both categories.

This achievement is the recognition of Galp’s commitment to continuously improve the performance of its operations through a more efficient and sustainable use of natural resources, while ensuring the compliance with environmental, safety and corporate governance best practices.

TCFD

Galp committed to energy and climate challenges.

“Galp, as an integrated energy player, is committed to provide energy in an efficient and sustainable manner. Aware of the challenges that climate change represents, Galp affirms its commitment to support the voluntary recommendations of the industry-led Financial Stability Board (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).”

Carlos Gomes da Silva, Galp CEO

Apart from fulfilling our climate change policy, this is a powerful demonstration of Galp’s commitment to promote a more balanced relation between satisfying energy needs and minimizing our activity’s carbon intensity, ensuring transparency around climate-related information that will facilitate more informed business and investment decision-making.

Galp is committed to:

  • Invest in new technologies, processes and solutions (integrated and SMART), in order to improve the efficiency of own and third-party activities, reducing the energy intensity and GHG emissions, promoting a low-carbon economy in the O&G sector and in other sectors of the economy;
  • Include the carbon price in decision-making, particularly in new investments, in order to reduce risks and maximize associated opportunities;
  • Promote the concept of life cycle to identify opportunities, maximize energy efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint of activities and products.

Galp supports the prosecution of a global and effective agreement. In this way, we will continue to contribute constructively to the development of appropriate measures to overcome the climate and energy challenges, seeking a sustainable commitment and supporting the adoption of a carbon-reduction strategy based on a single emissions market, cost-effective and long-term sustainable, shared worldwide and transparent to the society.

See here the table showing the alignment with the TCFD recommendations.

We Mean Business

We joined the We Mean Business coalition, which is part of NAZCA Tracking Climate Action initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

This platform, made up of a group of organizations working with the business sector and investors worldwide, promotes the transition to a low carbon economy in order to ensure sustainable economic growth. The platform also promotes proactive climate action, encouraging the creation of new policy landmarks within the context of climate change.

At Galp, we are committed to the following objectives:

  • Putting a price on carbon: recognizing this practice as an essential and strategic tool to minimizing the activity’s carbon intensity.
  • Committing to responsible corporate engagement in climate policy: acknowledging corporate engagement as a crucial factor in ratifying and complying with the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures: assuming the growing importance of climate information in investment practices and following recommendations for reporting climate-related financial information.

Find more about this initiative.

Roadmap for Carbon Neutrality

The Portuguese Government launched this initiative with the aim of studying the technical and economic viability of trajectories for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Portugal by 2050, for a competitive and low-carbon economy, in line with Portugal's commitment of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Galp has actively followed this initiative as a stakeholder. Following an invitation from the Portuguese Government, Galp participated in the discussion of the working groups for the energy and mobility sector and presented its formal opinion about this Roadmap in the Public Consultation.

 

Learn more about this initiative

 

 

MEET 2030

MEET 2030 is a project coordinated by BCSD Portugal, in collaboration with Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), and other associated companies. It has also the participation of other stakeholders, including public entities and other national and international organizations.

Meet 2030 contributes to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to achieve a zero-carbon economy in the second half of the century.

Galp promoted and led the Meet 2030 project, with the following objectives:

  • Create scenarios for Portugal to achieve carbon neutrality in 2030;
  • Identify potential new economic activity sectors, innovation in processes and products, as well as the competitive advantages for companies to maintain medium and long-term sustainable growth;
  • Identify solutions with higher added value and contributing to a policy action that helps define strategic priorities both at a national and international level.

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