Occidental's Human Rights Policy and Code of Business Conduct (Code) provide clear directives that are intended to minimize the risk of human rights violations. Occidental encourages employees and contractors to report suspected violations of the Code and company policies, including the Human Rights Policy, and provides several avenues for reporting. One example is Occidental's 24/7 Integrity Helpline, which anyone may use to anonymously report suspected policy violations.
Occidental Global Integrity Helpline for Compliance Reporting: Toll-free (USA) +1 (800) 699-7702 or +1 (704) 973-0346, or visit
https://www.integrity-helpline.com/Occidental.jsp - to report in English, Spanish or Arabic.
Whether reporting is made to a manager/supervisor, Human Resources representative, a Compliance Officer, the Audit Committee, Corporate Compliance Committee or the Integrity Helpline, Occidental's policies prohibit retaliation, either for reporting in good faith or for cooperating in an investigation of a suspected violation. The majority of the reports made to the Helpline concern personnel issues that do not involve corporate governance or human rights concerns.
Occidental's policies serve to protect employees' freedom of association and prohibit discrimination, as well as forced or compulsory labor and child labor in facilities operated by the company. Occidental investigates all credible reports of suspected policy violations, including allegations of bribery or corruption. Occidental's internal audit department, with the assistance of computer data analysis tools, evaluates business units for internal controls, policy compliance and fraud prevention.
Occidental's Corporate Compliance Program received no complaints or reported violations of the Human Rights Policy in 2015. There were no incidents of forced or compulsory labor, no situations associated with child labor, and no violations involving the human rights of indigenous peoples associated with our operations.
To further promote effective governance practices and transparency in our operations, Occidental strives to work with partners, suppliers and contractors who share our commitment to ethical business practices. Occidental routinely evaluates suppliers and contractors to ensure they meet the company's operating standards. As part of the Compliance Program, we convey our expectation that they comply with the company's policies, including our Code and Human Rights Policy. Our international procurement contracts routinely include provisions with respect to the observance of human rights, ethical business conduct and other relevant Occidental policies. In the case of agreements for private security services, Occidental stipulates compliance with universally recognized rights and freedoms as set forth in core internationally-recognized documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.