Human Rights

Apr 30, 2020

Our Commitment

To meet the responsibilities assumed in relation to respect for human rights, Ecopetrol’s management in this matter is based on three premises:

  • Our public commitment to respect human rights, ensuring action consistent with what has been declared.
  • Our understanding of human rights as a cross-cutting issue for all stakeholders and material matters of the organization.
  • Our nature. As a company with state participation, we must lead by example and make “an additional effort” in managing these matters.

Human Rights Policy

Ecopetrol has a Human Rights policy which was updated in 2019. The following is highlighted in the new version of the Human Rights Guide:

a. Ecopetrol explicitly recognizes its commitment to respect human rights, and adheres to the following international standards:

  • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • The Ten Principles of the Global Compact
  • The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • The Voluntary Principles on Safety and Human Rights.
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

b. Additionally, four principles that guide Human Rights management are incorporated:

  • Due diligence in human rights
  • Transversality
  • Complementarity
  • Collaborative work

c. Featured Human Rights

  • Right to life
  • Right to personal integrity
  • Right to personal liberty
  • Freedom of union association and collective bargaining
  • Right to decent, favorable and adequate conditions at work
  • Children’s rights and prevention of childs labor.
  • Right to equality and non-discrimination in employment or occupation
  • Right to freedom of expression
  • Right to information
  • Right to participation of ethnic groups through prior consultation
  • Collective and environmental rights.

Ecopetrol supports and encourages Ecopetrol's business partners to operate with consideration and respect to human rights, and in compliance with it´s Human Rights Guideline.

Ecopetrol declares its commitment to Human Rights defenders


Roles and responsibilities

Ecopetrol's Board of Directors, as the company's strategic guide, periodically knows about human rights issues through its Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee, as well as through the Audit and Risk Committee.

Senior Management is aware of Human Rights management through the Executive Committee, insofar as they are strategic and material issues for the organization. In turn, the company's Steering Committee is aware of these matters for information or follow-up purposes.

The General Secretariat, through the Corporate Responsibility Management (GRT), is in charge of directing the day-to-day human rights function, which affects the performance of other areas in the matter.

At the operational level, both the corporate and business level areas have human rights responsibilities.

Human Rights Management Cycle


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