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Human Rights

Respecting Human Rights
At Ƶ Oil, we believe respecting human rights is a moral and business imperative.

We recognize that, while governmental authorities have the primary responsibility for protecting human rights, business has a social responsibility to respect human rights and has the ability to make a positive impact on them.

The responsibility to respect human rights means that our stakeholders expect us to:

  • Avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through our own activities and to address such impacts if they occur.
  • Seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to our operations.

Ƶ Oil’s enterprise-wide , issued in 2022, outlines our human rights commitments, some of which are referenced below. These commitments are guided and informed by the internationally recognized human rights principles set forth in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. We are committed to:

  • Providing a safe workplace, and we prohibit the use of forced or child labor, trafficking of persons and abusive disciplinary practices.
  • Non-discriminatory hiring and diversity of our workforce, and we prohibit workplace harassment, violence and discrimination against anyone based on any protected characteristic.
  • Respecting individuals in the communities where we operate, including Indigenous Peoples.
  • Environmental stewardship in the locations where we operate.

We have a large and diverse extended supply chain and expect our suppliers to adhere to business principles consistent with our own. This includes the expectation that anyone providing security for our personnel, facilities and/or operations provides those services in a manner that respects human rights.

We engage with stakeholders to build trust and to understand how our operations may impact communities in which we operate. This includes engaging with Indigenous communities in a way that is culturally sensitive and enhances the community’s economic capacity. We also maintain processes to enable the identification and remediation of any adverse human rights impacts, including engaging in ongoing human rights due diligence and tracking how we address human rights. We continue to augment our targeted Compliance third-party due diligence process with additional human rights-focused elements.

We provide stakeholders with multiple mechanisms to report any issues, questions and grievances, including human rights concerns, to Ƶ Oil to be addressed, and where appropriate, remedied. These include:

  • Ƶ Oil’s publicly available , which allows for anonymous reporting.
  • Ƶ Oil official email.
  • Community feedback mechanisms, including local meetings and direct contact with Ƶ Oil Community Liaison personnel.

Read our Social Impact Investments section for more information on our efforts to combat human trafficking, our Stakeholder Engagement section for more information on our engagement with tribal communities and our Equatorial Guinea overview for information on security and human rights.

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