Guided by our commitment to human rights, at GeoPark we want everyone in all our operations and activities to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness, and without any kind of discrimination.
In our Company we promote and respect the human rights internationally recognized in the International Bill of Human Rights, in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and all such documents relevant to our activities.
We believe every person has equal value, the freedom to express their ideas, and the support to develop their full potential as a person.
Our actions carefully align our principles and values with our objectives and responsibilities. This is not something recent, and is the first step we took when founding our Company to define who we are and how we act.
In 2020 we strengthened our culture of respecting and promoting human rights to further improve our practices and our commitment to build trust and good neighborliness. A step in that direction was strengthening our Legal team by hiring a human rights expert who contributes to aligning our due diligence and comprehensive risk analysis processes with international standards including the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. We also made progress on our public commitment to the respect of human rights, which will be part of the framework of all our operations.
Considering that managing human rights issues and identifying opportunities for improvement requires objectivity and independence, we started a technical support partnership with the Ideas for Peace Foundation (FIP) in the following areas related to human rights due diligence:
In 2020 we also made progress on making a business conduct annex to promote and ensure our suppliers’ and contractors’ compliance with our Human Rights Commitment. This annex will be included in the GeoPark Local Hiring Guide, which will be shared with these stakeholders in 2021.