We recognize that, while governmental authorities have the primary responsibility for protecting human rights, business has a social responsibility to respect human rights and the ability to make a positive impact on human rights.
The responsibility to respect human rights means that our stakeholders expect us to:
- Avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through our own activities and to address such impacts if they occur,
- Seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to our operations.
In 2022, Marathon Oil released an enterprise-wide Human Rights Policy. Our human rights policy commitments, some of which are referenced below, are guided and informed by internationally recognized human rights such as the principles set forth in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
We are committed to:
- Providing a safe workplace, and we prohibit the use of forced or child labor, trafficking of persons and abusive disciplinary practices.
- Non-discriminatory hiring and diversity of our workforce, and we prohibit workplace harassment, violence and discrimination against anyone based on any protected characteristic.
- Respecting individuals in the communities where we operate, including Indigenous Peoples.
- Protecting the environment in the locations where we operate.
We have a large and diverse extended supply chain and expect our suppliers to adhere to business principles consistent with our own. This includes the expectation that anyone providing security for our personnel, facilities and/or operations provides those services in a manner that respects human rights.
We engage with stakeholders to build trust and to understand how our operations impact communities where we operate. This includes engaging with Indigenous communities in a way that is culturally sensitive and enhances the community’s economic capacity. We also maintain processes to enable the identification and remediation of adverse human rights impacts, including engaging in ongoing human rights due diligence and tracking how we address human rights.
We provide stakeholders with multiple avenues through which human rights issues and concerns can be reported and addressed, where appropriate, with remedies. These include:
- Marathon Oil’s publicly available Integrity Helpline, which allows for anonymous reporting.
- Marathon Oil official email.
- Community feedback mechanisms, including local meetings and direct contact with Marathon Oil Community Liaison personnel.
Read our Social Impact Investments section for more information on our efforts to combat human trafficking and our Political Contributions and Lobbying section for more information on our engagement with tribal communities.
Security and Human Rights
Our company-wide Human Rights Policy includes information on our approach to security and human rights. The U.S. State Department has flagged the country of Equatorial Guinea for human rights risks stemming in part from public and private security forces. EG continues to be a key asset in Marathon Oil’s portfolio, and we have well-established and effective security and human rights policies that set expectations that those providing security for our personnel, facilities and operations provide those services in a manner that respects human rights.
We employ a proprietary guard service to help protect our onshore facilities and engage with the Navy of Equatorial Guinea to safeguard our offshore facilities. We have had no known security-related incidents resulting in a human rights violation in our operations since acquiring the EG asset. In 2021, we worked with the Government of Equatorial Guinea and the U.S. Coast Guard to review the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code to enhance safety and security at the country’s ports while respecting human rights.
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