As a responsible energy producer, Vermilion has always focused on three priorities: the health and safety of the public and those who work with us; the protection of our natural surroundings; and profitability – in that order. Nothing is more important to us than human safety. This is directly linked to our support, within our operations and in our supply chain, for the human rights represented in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. It also relates to the responsibility of all of us to support the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our wider communities.
In 2019, we formalized our commitment by including human rights in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics:
HUMAN RIGHTS, WORKPLACE CONDUCT AND SAFETY
Vermilion Energy is committed to respecting human rights in its business and operations as represented by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Conventions of the International Labour Organization. All directors, officers, employees, contractors and suppliers must comply with all applicable human rights laws and regulations, and the Corporation’s policies and standards, whichever are higher, with respect to human rights. To be clear, Vermilion will not tolerate human rights abuses within its own operations or in its supply chain. This extends to human rights as informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including addressing risks of modern slavery, forced labour and child labour, while respecting rights related to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
(a) Discrimination or harassment against any individual with respect to race, religion, age, gender (including pregnancy and childbirth), marital status, family status, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin will not be tolerated. Furthermore, discrimination against any activity specifically protected under the Code of Conduct, such as expressing good faith opposition to prohibited discrimination or harassment, or participating in making a good faith complaint of discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated.
(b) Employees are responsible for taking all reasonable and necessary precautions to ensure their own safety as well as that of their colleagues. Directors, officers and employees must comply with all applicable safety laws and policies, procedures
We are committed to working with our stakeholders, including our staff, suppliers, governments and communities to increase awareness of, prevent, identify and address human rights violations. In doing so, we are contributing directly to UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, which calls for “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.”
We are continuing a global human rights risk assessment for our business, analyzing risks based on geography, industry and our own business, including a mapping of our supply chain and risk identification in new business ventures such as mergers and acquisitions, to ensure we understand where and how human rights issues such as modern slavery might occur within Vermilion and within our supply chain.
So far, this is providing a useful view of where and how potential human rights issues may occur, along with recommendations for Vermilion’s due diligence and commitment in this area.