Human Rights

 

Occidental actively promotes respect for human rights among employees, contractors and neighboring communities through training and awareness activities. As required by our Human Rights Policy, Occidental's international operations conduct environmental and social impact assessments — important foundations for early engagement — and actively participate in town meetings, surveys and consultations to help us understand local issues and expectations. New employees are required to undergo human rights training. Security employees and managers receive periodic refresher training courses on our Human Rights Policy. Virtually all of our international employees have also received human rights training. Occidental's human rights training materials for our employees are also available to community representatives and key contractors at our office and field locations. The materials — provided in person or online in Arabic, English and Spanish — reinforce the company's commitments to:

  • Respect the cultural values of the communities in which the company operates

  • Understand and appropriately address concerns raised by our stakeholders

  • Provide a workplace free of child labor, harassment and discrimination

  • Operate in accordance with universally recognized rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs)

  • Investigate any allegations or complaints that involve a potential violation of Occidental's Human Rights Policy

Occidental supports regular communication of its Human Rights Policy with potential and existing contractors. As part of the company's supply chain management, Occidental requires registered suppliers and contractors to acknowledge key company operating policies such as the Human Rights Policy. For private security personnel, we conduct background checks prior to their employment at Occidental and our private security contracts include provisions requiring adherence to the Human Rights Policy and the VPs. In addition, Occidental requires private security firms to meet our contract prerequisites, pass our background screening and provide initial human rights training for their employees before they begin their Occidental assignments, as well as to take refresher training on an annual basis. All security employees and private security personnel receive their mandatory training under our Human Rights Policy.