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Human Rights

The respect for human rights is the basis for our activities. Particular emphasis is placed on the prevention of human rights violations and the integration of human rights issues into our decision-making processes. We pay special attention to training and awareness for human rights of our employees in order to bring our human rights commitment to life.

Human Rights as universal values

Human rights are universal values that guide our conduct in every aspect of our activities. We are a signatory of the UN Global Compact and fully committed to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as well as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. We respect, fulfill and support the realization of human rights as contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in internationally recognized treaties. We specifically pay attention to our activities’ impact on human rights of vulnerable groups, such as indigenous people, women, and children.

We continuously work on improving our performance and learn from international experience and good practice: We are part of the UN Global Compact Network Austria and of IPIECA and are professionally supported by internationally recognized experts in continuously developing further our human rights management systems. 

OMV Human Rights Policy Statement

The OMV Human Rights Policy Statement sets out our understanding and responsibility for the respect and realization of human rights in our business environment. It has been approved by the Executive Board and is our guiding principle for dealing with human rights issues in all aspects of our daily business life. 

Human Rights Policy Statement (PDF, 148,5 KB)

Human Rights Matrix

In order to meet our commitment, we have mapped our human rights responsibilities in a comprehensive Human Rights Matrix, which constitutes the basis for our activities in the field of human rights. It is a tool for assessing our activities in the field of human rights and for prioritizing action by distinguishing between essential, expected and desirable action to be taken. The OMV Human Rights Matrix covers responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Human rights risk management in general, including compliance with national and international standards, human rights training, grievance mechanism and organizational set-up
  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • Security
  • Health & safety
  • Labor rights, including decent wages, working hours, employee representation and provisions against forced labor, child labor and human trafficking
  • Education
  • Property & standard of living, including land rights and poverty reduction
  • Local communities and indigenous peoples, including free, prior and informed consultation
  • Privacy and family life, including personal data protection

Human Rights Due Diligence

OMV has developed tools and techniques to assess the risks for human rights violations with respect to our business, even before we start or acquire business a new country: Human rights is one of the aspects we examine as part of the basis for deciding whether to engage in a country or not. From these assessments we derive concrete measures in order to reduce the risk of direct and indirect involvement in human rights violations. In addition, our current activities and the host countries, where we already operate, are regularly subject to risk assessments. We are supported in our professional human rights due diligence by internationally recognized experts.

Human Rights and our Supply Chain

To ensure adherence to OMV’s human rights values by the business and its suppliers, OMV has incorporated a Business Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct. OMV requires all of its supply chain partners to become co-signatories of the Business Ethics Policy or the Code of Conduct. Tools like 360-degree feedback, supplier evaluations and audits assess and monitor suppliers´ valuations to the principles outlined in OMV’s Code of Conduct. 

Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking pursuant to the UK Modern Slavery Act

OMV strongly opposes forced labor, slavery, child labor and human trafficking. OMV therefore fully supports the aims of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is committed to operate its business and supply chain free from forced labor, slavery and human trafficking. The statement explains in detail the measures taken against modern slavery and human trafficking in any part of its business or supply chain.

Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 2018 (PDF, 189,2 KB)

Human Rights Training & Target 2025

Professional human rights training and awareness raising are crucial for bringing our human rights commitment to life. Thus, as part of the focus area Business Principles and Social Responsibility, we have committed ourselves to a key performance indicator and target related to human rights: All OMV Group employees who are especially exposed to human rights topics shall be trained in human rights until 2025. The target group is defined by an intersection of specific functions (e.g. Security, Procurement, Human Resources, Community Relations & Development) and countries with elevated human rights risk (based on an annual risk assessment).

Classroom training with internal and external experts equips our employees with know-how about our Human Rights Management System and gives room to work on concrete operational issues and local challenges.

Additionally, we offer an interactive e-learning program to all employees, which guides them through norms and situations with regards to human rights. At the same time, we implement internal awareness raising measures throughout the Group.


OMV activities in support of human rights

In meeting our responsibility as an international company, we contribute positively to the fulfilment of human rights in our direct surroundings with a number of projects and initiatives. We invest in basic education and vocational training of local communities and support the fulfilment of their basic needs. Additionally, we ensure that the human rights of our employees are respected, e.g. in the area of worktime and wages, employees’ representation and non-discrimination.

Learn more about our projects and initiatives here.