We are committed to compliance with the requirements of all applicable employment, labor and human rights laws to ensure that fair and ethical employment practices are followed at Halliburton and throughout our global supply chain. We demonstrate this commitment through our employment practices (including our policies on non-discrimination, minimum age requirements, freedom of association and fair compensation policies), and through our policies regarding health, safety and security. Human rights training is covered by our COBC training, which all employees must take every two years.
In 2018, Halliburton adopted an internal Human Rights Policy to further demonstrate our commitment to, and respect for, human rights. This policy defines the Company’s standards and principles with respect to human rights. It provides guidance to our employees regarding their human rights responsibilities, and explains how Halliburton will enforce this policy.
In addition, our Human Rights Statement is available under the Corporate Governance section of the Halliburton website. Any concerns about human rights issues can be reported anonymously to our Ethics Helpline. For more information, please see the chapter on Ethics and Compliance.
Many of our customers perform assessments on human rights issues as part of their bid process for new work, and they include commitments to fair contracting and labor conditions in our contracts. Our compliance to these human rights commitments is audited on a regular basis as a part of conducting business.
Halliburton is in compliance with evolving regulations such as the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, which requires companies operating in the United Kingdom to disclose information on efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their business and global supply chains. We also monitor emerging regulations such as Australia’s Modern Slavery Act. More information on governance of human rights issues in our supply chain can be found in the chapter covering our supply chain.
In 2020, we launched a formal Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) comprising members from our Legal, Human Resources, Supply Chain and Sustainability teams. The HRWG has developed a formal plan for evaluating human rights risks and assurance needs across the organization for implementation in 2021. This is underpinned by our commitment to human rights, which states that we support universal human rights – as defined by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights – through fair and ethical employment practices and our Code of Business Conduct.
Also in 2020, Halliburton, supported by engagement from Entrust, developed an Indigenous Inclusion Strategy to establish mutually beneficial relationships with indigenous communities where we and our customers operate. This included attending a Cultural Awareness session to understand the history of indigenous people in Canada. This understanding will allow us to work in our communities in 2021 and to execute on our Economic and Workforce Inclusion plans.