Human Rights Policy and
Code of Business Conduct 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 of Business Conduct and company policies, including the Human Rights Policy, and provides several avenues for reporting. One example is Occidental's 24/7 Compliance Line, which anyone may use to anonymously report suspected policy violations:
Occidental Global Compliance Reporting: Toll-free (USA)
+1 (800) 699-7702, or visit
https://www.integrity-helpline.com/Occidental.jsp - to report in English, Spanish and Arabic.
Whether reporting is made to a supervisor, a Compliance officer, the Corporate Compliance Committee or the Compliance Line, Occidental's policies prohibit retaliation, either for reporting or for cooperating in an investigation of a suspected violation. Most reports made to the hotline concern personnel issues that do not involve human rights concerns. Occidental's Senior Compliance Officers received no complaints or reported violations of the Human Rights Policy occurring in 2013.
Since 2012, we have worked to standardize our investment and procurement contracts and have incorporated human-rights related provisions in many of our high-level investment agreements. Our goal is to incorporate this language consistently into future agreements. Occidental also evaluates suppliers to ensure they meet the company's operating standards. As part of our prequalification, evaluation, sourcing and contracting process, suppliers acknowledge Occidental's key operating policies including, our Health, Environment and Safety (HES) guidelines and the Code of Business Conduct. Our international contracts include provisions with respect to the observance of human rights and Occidental's policies. In the case of agreements for private security services, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights are a contractual obligation.
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. In 2013, no Occidental operations were identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association was jeopardized. Neither incidents of forced or compulsory labor, nor situations associated with child labor, were identified in Occidental's operations; nor were there any reported violations involving the human rights of indigenous peoples associated with our operations during 2013.