We strive to be a positive force in our communities. This includes a commitment to respecting human rights. We promote respect for the rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles articulated in the International Labour Organization’s Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
In potential and new operating areas, we conduct assessments that include human rights. Wherever we operate, we respect cultural values and traditions and actively engage with community members to understand the environmental and human rights impacts of our operations. Master contracts with our suppliers require them to comply with the human rights provisions and other elements of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy and our Code of Conduct.
Highlights in 2016: We collect information about our vendors’ CSR policies, specifically with regards to human rights, child labor, forced labor, and grievance mechanisms. Of our top 10 vendors in 2016, nine have a Human Rights policy in place and seven have a CSR policy in place.
Within Noble Energy, an externally managed ethics hotline, Noble TalkSM provides a mechanism for anyone to report concerns. In 2016, none of the reports received related to human rights violations or concerns. We had no suspected or reported incidents of child labor and no significant disputes with indigenous peoples. We have not conducted any operations that led to involuntary resettlement.
Noble recognizes that formal Community Feedback Mechanisms (CFM) can enhance relationships with communities and help identify and mitigate risks. Our CFMs provide an avenue for communities impacted by our operations to provide feedback or lodge concerns or complaints and receive timely, respectful and consistent responses. In 2016 we had an active CFM in Israel. In addition, we use other mechanisms to obtain stakeholder input.
We are committed to providing local site security in a manner that is consistent with international human rights expectations. To support this commitment, we take a risk-based approach to providing training on security and human rights for our employees and security contractors. No significant risks were identified to warrant additional training in 2016.