Oxy's Social Responsibility (SR) Program is integral to how we conduct business and embodies our core values of integrity, investment and innovation. The company systematically implements SR programs through our comprehensive Health, Environment and Safety Management System (HESMS), which sets consistent worldwide expectations and standards for managers and employees across each business segment's respective operations to manage our HES- and SR-related performance and risks.
Committed to conducting business in a manner that protects health and safety of people and the environment at our facilities and in the communities where we operate, Oxy implemented the HESMS in the late 1970s. Since then, Oxy has updated the HESMS to incorporate community outreach elements from the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Responsible Care® initiative, the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. The HESMS encourages individual responsibility, values quantifiable results and promotes communication among employees, contractors, neighboring communities, government authorities and other stakeholders to facilitate compliance with laws and regulations, manage HES and SR risks and improve overall business performance.
The presidents of Oxy's business segments and the vice president of HES are responsible for implementing the HESMS, with oversight from the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors. Business managers and HES experts provide guidance, oversight and support to local operations in updating and implementing the management system. Each manager and employee is accountable for HES performance, including compliance with applicable HES laws, regulations and company policies and procedures within the scope of his or her duties. All personnel are empowered and expected to report non-compliance or unsafe conditions promptly and to take immediate action to prevent injuries or environmental incidents. From individual facility locations to the corporate level, HESMS implementation is routinely reviewed and verified with audits. Performance in key areas of HES and SR is directly considered in the annual review and compensation of employees, as well as in the selection of contractors, suppliers and business partners.
Throughout Oxy's worldwide operations, the HESMS emphasizes risk identification and forthright communication through job safety analyses, process hazard reviews, HES inspections and assessments and emergency planning so that preemptive actions can be implemented to prevent or mitigate injuries or environmental incidents. The HESMS also provides tools for managers and employees to recognize HES and SR risks in their areas of responsibility. These risks undergo rigorous analysis to identify, prioritize and implement appropriate mitigation measures that are designed to improve performance.
The system helps in integrating new personnel, including those at newly constructed facilities and acquired operations. As a regular practice in new projects, Oxy concurrently assesses potential social and environmental effects. This comprehensive process helps us identify and address potential risks and stakeholder concerns promptly, strengthen Oxy's relationship with host communities and educate new employees and contractors about performance expectations.
From the inception of the HESMS, Oxy has actively shared its programs through organizations such as the Global Environmental Management Initiative and the Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Roundtable. Since Oxy's HESMS predated third-party certification programs, Oxy developed and continues to apply comprehensive internal processes, at the direction of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors, to validate the effectiveness of its HESMS in identifying, assessing, communicating and managing potential HES risks. Some of Oxy's international operations, including oil and gas operations in Qatar and Oman and Oxy's chemical plant in Chile, have also chosen to pursue certification of the HESMS by outside organizations under the international voluntary standard for comprehensive environmental management systems (ISO 14001).