Respecting Human Rights | Schlumberger

Respecting Human Rights

In our operations, business relationships, and supply chain

We are committed to conducting business in a manner that preserves and respects human dignity, which is fundamental to our purpose—to create amazing technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all. By respecting human rights, we look to avoid harm and contribute to promoting more inclusive societies, consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Strong framework to guide our conduct

We take our responsibility to respect human rights seriously. This is demonstrated by our public commitment to the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights and the 10 UN Global Compact Principles.

We have a strong governance framework to embed respect for human rights in our operations, business relationships, and supply chain. It includes our

  • Code of Conduct, which sets out how we are expected to behave, including our responsibility to respect human rights
  • Human Rights Position Statement, which consolidates our human rights commitments and serves as the basis for internal and external engagement on human rights issues
  • Modern Slavery Statement, which details the prevention of slavery and human trafficking within our own operations, business relationships, and supply chain as well as relevant actions taken in 2021 in furtherance of our policies and goals in this area.
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Schlumberger is a participating member of the UN Global Compact. We are committed to its corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anticorruption.

Infographic summarizing 9 fundamental principles governing Schlumberger's treatment of employees.
Infographic summarizing 9 fundamental principles governing Schlumberger's treatment of employees.

Putting the principles into practice

We conduct business in a manner that preserves and respects human dignity, consistent with the UNGPs on Business and Human Rights. Through our companywide human rights training and awareness program, we work to make human rights a topic that all employees and contractors can understand, speak about, and act upon.

Additionally, we prohibit any use or contracting—directly or indirectly—of child labor, forced labor, human trafficking, or any form of slavery. All suppliers are contractually obliged to comply with our Working Conditions Requirements. These requirements set out nine fundamental principles to assist our operations and support our suppliers in addressing key areas of worker vulnerability.

In the event our activities cause, contribute, or are linked to adverse human rights impacts, we look to provide access to effective remedies.

Our focus areas

We incorporate human rights into all aspects of our business. In consultation with external stakeholders and experts, we have five focus areas.

Workplace

Our approach to human rights in the workplace is based on the fundamental principles of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. Our policies and practices take into consideration the rights of all individuals, regardless of nationality, gender identity, religion or belief, ethnic origin, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other status. Beyond the legal and regulatory requirements of each country, our Working Conditions Requirements provide a common baseline for the expected treatment of all workers.

Supply Chain

We prohibit any use or contracting—directly or indirectly—of child labor, forced labor, human trafficking, or any form of slavery. We are committed to continuously monitoring the labor standards performance of our suppliers in order to promote the rights and welfare of all workers. The potential risks as well as the systems and processes for managing these risks are outlined in our guideline for Human Rights Due Diligence in our Supply Chain. We are also committed to purchasing only parts and products containing minerals that have been procured through a validated conflict-free supply chain to avoid the use of minerals that have financed conflict in the covered countries.

Local Communities

Schlumberger is committed to avoiding harm to people and working with our customers to maintain a stable operating environment in which communities as well as the energy industry can prosper by

  • identifying, preventing, mitigating, and resolving social risks and impacts
  • optimizing employment and contracting opportunities for communities
  • ensuring that community concerns, issues, or problems are taken seriously.
Indigenous Peoples

Schlumberger recognizes the rights of distinct peoples living in various regions to self-determined development and control of ancestral lands. Where activities are undertaken on lands traditionally owned by or under customary use of indigenous peoples, we are committed to building strong relationships with the indigenous communities, interacting respectfully, and providing opportunities.

Security Arrangements

In compliance with the Schlumberger Personnel and Asset Security Standard, we have developed security arrangements to protect people and assets in a manner that respects human rights and is consistent with applicable laws and international standards, including the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Local impact

Our Reconciliation Action Plan for Australia includes investing in future generations through our scholarship program at Murdoch University supported by the Kulbardi Aboriginal Center, our training and apprenticeship programs, as well as the Schlumberger Supply Chain Program for First Australian Businesses.

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Our Reconciliation Action Plan for Australia
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