Eni has been ranked first out of 199 companies assessed by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a development the company says is a confirmation of its leadership in designing an effective approach to human rights.
CHRB is an internationally recognized benchmark that assesses companies’ human rights performances. Every year, it compares the world’s largest companies in the extractive, agricultural products, apparel and ICT manufacturing sectors, taking into account their policies, governance structure and work processes to evaluate their approach to human rights, as well as their way to respond to allegations of human rights misconducts.
In a statement, Eni said the work carried out over the past year has allowed it to further improve its performances, particularly regarding human rights due diligence and the monitoring and evaluation process adopted to assess the effectiveness of the actions taken to identify risks and face potential impacts on human rights.
“This result confirms our commitment to the respect for human rights, which is essential in our path to a just transition that brings access to energy for all, while protecting the environment and reducing the gaps among countries,” said Claudio Descalzi, Eni’s Chief Executive Officer.
The oil giant says it has taken important steps to spread and reinforce the culture of respect for human rights in all business activities, as part of a process that began at the end of 2016 with a dedicated workshop chaired by the CEO and addressed to its managers, with representatives of civil society, universities and IPIECA, taking part in the workshop as speakers.
During the event, Eni says it launched a multi-year action plan and an e-learning training program, which so far has involved a significant portion of the employees.
“In 2019, more than 19,000 employees were trained on human rights, capping a total of 25,845 hours. In 2020, the company has also strengthened its internal procedures to shape a structured due diligence process, adopted a renewed Code of Ethics, and a supplier Code of Conduct, which outlines the minimum requirements with which all its suppliers are required to comply,” the statement added.