Human rights and community relations

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Repsol is a responsible company, committed to the respect of Human Rights, as established in our Human Rights and Community Relations Policy, which follows the recommendations of the United Nations “Protect, Respect, Remedy” Framework and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights.

Our intention is to build and maintain solid relations with 100% of the communities in the Repsol project areas of influence, based on recognition, trust, mutual respect, and the creation of shared value.

These commitments are also reflected in the Code of Ethics and Conduct, which establishes the behavior that the company expects from its employees, suppliers, partners, and other business relationships.

At Repsol, around 70 people are engaged in the social activities (Human Rights and Community Relations) in the different countries where we are present, acting as a connection to communities.

Currently, in all significant operations, opportunities and risks are managed, taking into account, at least, one of the following mechanisms: development plans, impact assessments, and participation of stakeholders.

Furthermore, 100% of the impact assessments carried out in 2018 included social and human rights aspects. These assessments include the one carried out on the La Guajira block in Colombia, where we decided not to engage in operations as there was no possible mitigation of the impacts identified on cultural matters and the protection of sacred spaces, in accordance with our policy on recognition and respect for the cultural diversity of communities.

We have operational complaint mechanisms adapted to the local languages and cultures.

Obtaining and maintaining the social license to operate

Our company establishes long-term agreements with communities. It currently has agreements with indigenous communities in Peru (block 57), Bolivia (agreement with the Guarani People's Assembly), and Ecuador (block 16 Waemo Kewingi).

Furthermore, we have signed a global agreement with the United Nations to contribute to development. This is one of the first that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has signed with a major global company. This partnership will make it easier for the UNDP to collaborate with our local teams in over 20 countries.

The agreement identifies four areas of work: support in the implementation of community development initiatives; exchange of information to identify potential collaboration projects; participatory dialog with stakeholders to define local priorities in terms of sustainable development; and strengthening dialog through networking and the exchange of experience.

On the other hand, our company identifies and promotes positive impact in areas where we are present, thanks to our consensus with communities. In 2018, social investment rose to 43.3 million euros, with notable projects in countries like Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Libya.

100% of impact assessments
in 2018 included social
and human rights aspects