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Human Rights

Respecting Rights Throughout Our Business
We endorse and respect the goals and principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

This includes everyone’s right to life and liberty, the protection of law, and freedom from slavery and torture – within our operations and business relationships. We also seek to apply relevant sections of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

While governmental authorities have the primary responsibility for protecting human rights, we believe Marathon Oil has a responsibility to respect the human, cultural and legal rights of individuals and communities, and to avoid adverse human rights impacts through our own activities. This includes the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or income level. In addition, we adhere to and comply with all local and national regulations in our operating areas, and aim to respect the rights of all people within our spheres of influence.

While we don’t have a standalone human rights policy, Marathon Oil’s commitment to many of these rights is articulated in our Code of Business Conduct and other company policies. Our Code and related policies prohibit workplace harassment, violence or discrimination. These policies apply to employee recruitment, training, development, compensation, performance management and benefits at Marathon Oil. We're developing a human rights standard to supplement our Code.

Under the Emergency Preparedness and Community Awareness element of our Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS), we identify and proactively engage with stakeholders within or adjacent to our operations regarding potential risks, including human rights risks, and our response plans. These stakeholders include local communities, government emergency responders and Indigenous peoples, and we strive to operate in a way that respects their rights and beliefs. Additionally, we’re committed to ensuring that slavery, human trafficking and other human rights violations don’t exist in our supply chain or in any part of our business.

We offer stakeholders multiple grievance mechanisms by which human rights issues can be reported, including direct contact with our staff, our anonymous toll-free phone lines, e-mail and social media channels. Our proactive engagement practices cover a range of activities, including direct meetings and dialogue with landowners and other community stakeholders, formal consultation efforts as required for regulatory approvals, and ongoing discussions with local nonprofit organizations receiving social investments.

  • The company’s publicly available business integrity helpline is a conduit for any individual to anonymously report ethical or legal concerns associated with any Marathon Oil personnel or operation, including those related to human rights.
  • Community members are also able to report during local meetings and by direct contact with Marathon Oil community liaison personnel.
  • Human Resource professionals throughout the Company serve as the initial point of engagement with our workforce for reporting suspected issues.
  • Field personnel have a responsibility to report health, environment, safety and security (HES&S) incidents via their respective line authority.

See our Social Impact Investments 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

Under the Emergency Preparedness and Community Awareness element of our Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS), we identify and engage with stakeholders within or adjacent to our operations regarding potential risks and our planned response measures. These stakeholders include local communities and government emergency responders. We assess compliance with security and human rights practices using the Marathon Oil three-tiered audit program.

Marathon Oil has well-established and effective security and human rights policies 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 2019. To bolster safety and security at Equatoguinean ports, we worked with the government of Equatorial Guinea and the U.S. 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.

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