Recent joint venture agreements with partners have included clauses in which compliance with international Human Rights instruments is agreed.
Additionally, in order to ensure the creation of relationships of trust and mutual benefit with stakeholders, in 2011 Ecopetrol worked on the development of guidelines that must be assured, either directly or through operations with partners, within the management of Ecopetrol´s relations with its surroundings. These guidelines included 11 key areas related to Human Rights.
In parallel, work was done on defining a strategy for relations and value creation with partners. This in order to adequately address a strategic risk identified for Ecopetrol, known as inadequate relations with partners. The work is divided into three areas:
- Strategic direction
- creation of the partner relations model and
- capacity building for partner relations.
Furthermore, Ecopetrol requires a commitment from its employees and contractors on Human Rights, the rejection of child labor, forced labor , and discrimination in employment, through various means. In the first instance, through the Code of Ethics, which is a formal and institutional reference for personal and professional conduct.
All Ecopetrol contractors must declare their adherence to the company´s Code of Ethics. Significant effects are attributed to this declaration within the contracts, because the Code qualifies as a contractual obligation, whose breach generates the application of the agreed sanction measures (Penalty clause for enforcement, early termination).
Similarly, workers, contractors and third parties involved in the company´s operations must know and accept the guidelines on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the Human Rights Guide, which establish the company´s rejection of child labor, and forced and compulsory labor.
Additionally, in the registration form of Ecopetrol´s Supplier Rating System, there is a section that relates to corporate social responsibility, in which the supplier responds whether or not they adhere to each of the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
All these aspects are known to contractors and are reaffirmed in every new contract and within performance evaluations, where issues such as CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and HSE (health, occupational safety and environmental care) are always part of the criteria to be evaluated.
In order to implement the assurance actions on this issue, in 2011 the terms of reference were defined that are aimed at generating the Human Rights risk map for Ecopetrol, which will have a special chapter analyzing vulnerabilities in relation to child and forced labor within the following contracting areas:
- Regional/local contracting lines: 39 local contracting lines.
- Strategic sectors: Operational maintenance, administrative services (administrative maintenance), transport (river and land), civil works.