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Human Rights

Schlumberger is committed to supporting the United Nations General Assembly Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our commitment is articulated in The Blue Print in Action–Our Code of Conduct, which states, “Schlumberger is committed to respecting the principles in The International Bill of Human Rights, and conducting business in a manner that preserves and respects human dignity.” Schlumberger participates in the United Nations Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, which includes a picture of the Company’s activities on human rights. We also support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and continue to align our Global Stewardship program with them.


2005: Developed guidelines relating to working conditions and eligibility for supply chain contractors.

2009: Established our social responsibility process and began conducting social risk assessments for large-footprint projects in sensitive operating environments.

2010: Reviewed 400 statements of Company policy, standards, and guidelines against the Business and Human Rights Matrix developed by the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights.

2011: Completed a review of customer and peer human rights statements and policies to improve our understanding of the United Nations’ Protect, Respect, and Remedy framework.

2013: Introduced a new Social and Environmental Management Standard that recognizes IFC Performance Standards as a key point of reference for our large-footprint projects.

2014: Revised our Security Standard to incorporate references to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

2015: Developed preliminary alignment of our Global Stewardship program with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

2017: First oilfield services company to become an associate member of IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues.



Due Diligence

During the year, Schlumberger developed a new methodology for screening proposed projects for social and environmental risks and impacts as a part of its regular due diligence process. The screening helps to ensure that local issues—such as protected areas, historical contamination, sensitive receptors, labor rights and working conditions, community conflict, and security issues—are incorporated into the decision-making process. In 2017, Canada, Nigeria, Iraq, Bahrain, India, Kazakhstan, and Argentina completed screenings using this new methodology.

Baseline Surveys

Projects with a high potential for significant social and environmental impact are required to have in place a social and environmental baseline that serves as a knowledge base for all aspects of the project’s performance, including the management of possible human rights impacts. In 2017, independent studies were commissioned in Argentina, Georgia and Nigeria.

Social Risk Assessments

Social risk assessments are designed for projects with a high potential for significant social and environmental impact. The proprietary tool we use has three integrated phases: planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Information collected during the planning phase is used to analyze social hazards in terms of risks to people and projects and to develop appropriate responses. Since we implemented the social risks assessment process in 2009, 40 assessments have been completed in more than 15 countries. Five social risk assessments were completed or updated in Latin America, North America, Africa, and Asia in 2017.

Conflict Sensitivity

Schlumberger Production Management (SPM) developed a new conflict-sensitive business approach in Ecuador in 2017. The approach involves working with community stakeholders during a series of workshops designed to help SPM understand how new operations may interact with pre-existing conflicts or tensions in a community. Our goal is to better understand the issues the community faces by bringing them into the planning process to ensure that decisions made by Schlumberger and our contractors do not cause or exacerbate conflict.

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