Marathon Oil respects the human, cultural and legal rights of individuals and communities, while focusing on safe, responsible, ethical operations.
Our commitment is consistent with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We recognize the goals and principles of the UDHR within our business relationships, such as everyone’s right to the protection of law and the right to freedom of expression. We also work to prevent abuses and advance human rights in the communities where we operate and discuss human rights in industry associations. No Marathon Oil employees were members of trade unions in 2017.
Under the Emergency Preparedness and Community Awareness element of our Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS), we identify and engage with local communities, government emergency responders and other stakeholders within or adjacent to our operations regarding potential risks and planned response measures. We assess compliance with security and human rights practices using the Marathon Oil three-tiered audit program. In addition, our Corporate Sustainability Guidelines support community activities related to human rights, stakeholder engagement and other processes.
To promote security cooperation among companies and host nation governments, we work with the IPIECA Responsible Security Task Force and observers of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
Marathon Oil has well-established and effective security and human rights policies in our operating areas outside of the U.S. In Equatorial Guinea, we employ a proprietary guard force to protect our onshore facilities and engage with the Navy of Equatorial Guinea to protect our offshore facilities. Marathon Oil had no known security-related incidents that resulted in a human rights violation in 2017. To bolster safety and security at Equatoguinean ports, we worked with the government of Equatorial Guinea and the United States Coast Guard to review International Port Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS). Two Marathon Oil employees are certified to serve as auditors for this annual regulatory review.
The Company assesses the security and social risks associated with our business activities when entering a new location. Based on risks we identify, we develop mitigation activities to promote business continuity, protect assets and personnel, and minimize potentially negative impacts on our operations and stakeholders. After completing a risk assessment of our new Permian Basin asset, Marathon Oil identified high-potential risks, developed an emergency preparedness and response plan, and put mitigations in place.