Not all topic areas recommended under the various frameworks directly apply to our Company. However, in an effort to be fully transparent, below is a brief discussion of some additional factors that we took into consideration. We did not find these factors to have a significant impact on our business and operations.
- Human rights management. Day in and day out, the decisions we make as a business are guided by our core values – Performance, Innovation, Integrity, and Transparency. These core values extend to our respect for human rights throughout our business operations and our conduct, as detailed in our Human Rights Policy. Adherence to human rights laws and the underlying principles are also reflected in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and our Vendor Hiring Standards. As an oil and gas producer operating solely in the United States, we comply with applicable federal and state laws related to human rights and labor rights and, while we do not operate internationally, as a United States Company our approach to human rights is consistent with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
- Indigenous peoples and land acquisition and involuntary resettlement. Our operations do not impact any areas of indigenous peoples, First Peoples, or First Nations. Our activities do not involve any involuntary settlement of people or their economic activities. While we do not have any operations on lands of indigenous peoples, First Peoples, or First Nations, we are committed to respecting the culture, history, and customs of indigenous peoples. We commit to act in accordance with applicable laws and to consult with local community leaders and residents, should our activities affect any areas of importance to such people.
- Product stewardship. This guidance primarily applies to petroleum products. Our communications to our customers and communities concerning the risks related to use, handling, and transport of our products are in compliance with state and federal rules and regulations.
- Security risk management. Given our areas of operations and scope of work, we do not believe that we are materially affected by security threats dealing with social or political unrest, terrorism or armed conflict, sabotage, theft, hijackings, or other Company or individual attacks. As discussed in the Health and Safety section of this report, we promote and maintain a strong safety culture throughout our operations and daily activities.
- Transparency of payments to host governments. Our Code of Business and Ethics, as discussed in the relevant sections of this report, covers a robust set of policies around relationships with government officials, including conflicts of interests, gifts, political contributions, and record retention, in accordance with our ethical guidelines that go beyond mere compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Importantly, we do not operate outside the United States.