HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY
1.0 POLICY STATEMENT
Respect for human rights is a fundamental value of OOPC. We strive to respect and promote human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights in our relationships with our employees, suppliers and stakeholders. Our aim is to help increase the enjoyment of human rights within the communities in which we operate. This Human Rights policy elaborates on the requirement within our code of ethics policy to treat everyone at OOPC - and everyone with whom we come into contact - with fairness, respect and dignity. This Policy is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including those contained within the international Bill of rights and international labour organization's 1998 Declaration on Fundamental principles and rights at work
This policy applies to all OOPC employees, contractors, service providers, and third party workers. In implementing this Policy, we are subject to the laws of Nigeria and we are committed to complying with all such applicable laws. Our principle is that where national law and international human rights standards differ, we will follow the higher standard; where they are in conflict, we will adhere to national law, while seeking ways to respect international human rights to the greatest extent possible. Where local law prohibits us from upholding certain aspects of this policy, we will comply with these local laws while continually seeking to respect and protect human rights. OOPC strives to prioritize the management of the human rights impacts of our business activities based on the operational context, our leverage and business relationships. As a result, we concentrate on our own operations and contractors/suppliers, most specifically on human rights related to labour conditions. OOPC, however, recognizes that other human rights may become greater priorities over time and we will regularly review our focus areas.
- Recognize and respect the rights of all workers, including the workers of contractors, temporary workers or migrant workers. Our commitment is further manifested in policies such as the Code of Ethics Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy, Child Labour Policy, HIV/AIDS Policy, Safety and Healthy Workforce policy, Forced labour and Human Trafficking policy and amongst others.
- Conduct our business in a manner that respects the rights and dignity of all people whilst complying with all legal requirements.
- Treat everyone who works for OOPC fairly and without discrimination. Our employees, contractor staff and suppliers are entitled to work in an environment and under conditions that respect their rights and dignity.
- Respect freedom of association and ensure no forced or bonded labour. Where our employees wish to be represented by workers unions, we will cooperate in good faith with the bodies that our employees collectively choose to represent them within the appropriate national legal frameworks.
- Recognize and respect the rights of local and indigenous communities by respecting their cultures, customs, values and land tenure rights. We commit to obtaining Free, Prior and Informed Consent from local communities before commencing new operations and commit to open, transparent, fair and equitable conflict resolution.
- Respect the rights of people in communities impacted by our activities and maintain a transparent and open dialogue with them. We will seek to identify adverse human rights impacts and take appropriate steps to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate them.
- eek to make contractual commitments with contractors/suppliers that encourage them to adhere to the same principles.
- Ensure the provision of security is consistent with laws of Nigeria, using security services only where necessary and requiring the use of force only when necessary and proportionate to the threat.
- Continue to build the awareness and knowledge of our employees and all stakeholders on human rights, especially on labour rights and encouraging them to speak up, without retribution, about any concerns they may have, including prohibiting retaliation against Human Right Defenders (HRDs) and whistleblowers.
- Place importance on the provision of effective company-based grievance against Human mechanism which is applicable to all stakeholders to ensure remediation of potential abuses. Any stakeholder with concerns regarding the human rights impacts of OOPC's activities may raise these through the grievance management process.
- Continue increasing the capacity of our management to effectively identify and respond to concerns.
The Human Resource Manager shall ensure implementation and monitoring of this policy