Training the oil and gas industry in human rights

It is excellent to see guidelines being released that can assist oil and gas companies manage difficult human rights issues. Although, such companies should also consider the value of obtaining some specialist expertise to help them customise the Toolkit, and provide practical advice that is related to the particular experiences and situations that they have already been faced with.

The Training Toolkit aims to raise awareness of human rights issues in the oil and gas industry. It provides managers with a template that can be used and adapted to conform to a company’s policy or position on human rights and applicable domestic laws and regulations. This Toolkit is not intended to be an in-depth instruction on how to conduct human rights training.

Company representatives should review the trainer’s manual prior to using the Training Toolkit to customise it to the needs of their particular circumstances. The trainer’s manual provides information on how to finalise the materials for a company’s specific purposes.

The toolkit examines the history and background of human rights and defines key risk areas for the oil and gas industry. The largest section of the toolkit deals with the engagement with stakeholders, including

  • Non-Discrimination
  • Employment Terms
  • Supply Chain Issues
  • Mitigating Community Impact
  • Indigenous People
  • Land Rights and Resettlement
  • Local Content
  • Relationships with Governments

The toolkit also presents dilemmas and scenarios that may arise form these engagements and presents a decision-making tool.

The Toolkit consists of four sections:

    1. a presentation with the key messages for use in a training session
    2. a workbook to be used in conjunction with the presentation
    3. a trainer’s manual
    4. a resource guide.

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