Management of the work environment under an approach of respect for human rights
In GeoPark, we implement “early and sustainable management of the environment”, which defines due diligence strategies regarding human rights and which, through rigorous analysis and qualitative and quantitative risk assessment exercises, allows us to promote plans focused on our interest groups.
In the same way, our Cuéntame program, which aims to receive, register and resolve all requests and complaints of our neighbors and other interested parties, and guarantees the traceability, analysis and definition of an action plan for the resolution of all requests and complaints. The operational platform of Cuéntame can identify if the type of complaint impacts any fundamental right and defines the redress mechanisms that may be applicable.
Our dialogue and citizen participation processes privilege direct and honest relationships with our stakeholders, and our relationship processes guarantee citizen participation under criteria of inclusion and equality.
The National Action Plan on Human Rights and Business
Through the Presidential Advisory Board for Human Rights and International Affairs, the National Government of Colombia launched the National Action Plan on Human Rights and Business, a public policy document that seeks “the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”. Within this framework, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the Presidential Advisory Board for Human Rights and International Affairs, the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH), the Colombian Petroleum Association (ACP) and the Colombian Chamber of Petroleum Goods and Services (Campetrol) promoted the creation of a Hydrocarbons Sector Human Rights Pilot Group that brings together 20 organizations including operators, service providers and the regulator. GeoPark participates in the project.
The Group is a space that allows the exchange of experiences and the definition of minimum actions and best human rights practices in the hydrocarbons sector. Its aims are to:
- Undertake joint actions to build trust and manage impacts and operational risks on human rights in common areas of operation, aimed at regional transformation.
- Assertively and through concrete actions, to ground international standards and public policy put them into practice in the hydrocarbons sector.
- Achieve processes and actions that are relevant, useful and are built practically.
- Design a joint strategy that allows the consolidation of advocacy processes in public policy and decision-making.
As members of the Group, we were trained by academic experts in human rights through the Sergio Arboleda University Business School, and we made progress in the collective construction of priorities and in the definition of the 2020 Work Plan based on 4 components: knowledge management, exchange of experiences and practices, visibility of the Group, and management and development.