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Human Rights

OMV respects and promotes 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.

OMV activities in support of human rights
In 2017, OMV Pakistan, together with Joint Venture Partners, has provided and installed three solar water pumps in Jhal Magsi, a district of Balochistan province in Pakistan, where OMV’s production blocks Mehar and Kuhan are situated. In Taranaki area in New Zealand, OMV New Zealand co-funds insulation into homes of low income families identified as having health issues as a result of their poorly insulated, cold and damp living conditions.

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.

Learn more about our community development projects here.

Human Rights as universal values
OMV is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and considers human rights as universal values, which guide our conduct in all aspects of our activities. We respect, fulfill and support them in accordance with principles defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – including those of the International Labour Organization. Led by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we continue to develop our management system for human rights together with external experts who render intensive support. Key elements are the OMV Human Rights Policy Statement and the OMV Human Rights Matrix.

OMV Human Rights Policy Statement
The OMV Human Rights Policy Statement sets out our understanding and responsibility for the protection of human rights in our business environment. It 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)

OMV Human Rights Matrix
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 and serves as a fundamental tool for its implementation. This includes the particularly sensitive areas of security arrangements and supply chain management as well as interaction with indigenous peoples.

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 are active in a new country, or start a new project. We are supported by internationally recognized experts. 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 projects as well as the host countries where we already operate are regularly subject to new risk assessments.

Human Rights and our Supply Chain
Our business partners have to sign the OMV Code of Conduct – including the Provisions on Human Rights – as part of their contract. 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 against modern slavery and human trafficking (PDF, 631,0 KB)

Human Rights Training
Professional human rights training and awareness raising are crucial for bringing our human rights commitment to life. We offer a group-wide interactive e-learning program to all our 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.

Additionally, we give classroom trainings with internal and external experts to employees who are especially exposed to human rights topics. These trainings equip them with know-how about our Human Rights Management System and gives room to work on concrete operational issues and local challenges.

OMV supports human rights education
OMV supports the incorporation of human rights into management education globally. OMV has thus signed an open letter by the UNGC (United Nations Global Compact) and PRME (Secretariat of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education) to call on academic institutions worldwide to integrate human rights into their curricula. Students shall be equipped with the knowledge and skills businesses need to fulfill their corporate responsibilities and deliver sustainable value to stakeholders.

UN Global Compact