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Does your company have a publicly available commitment to respect human rights?

Yes, CNOOC Limited Social Responsibility Report: [link]

How are human rights governed in your company?

Where is the lead responsibility for human rights located, and why?

CNOOC Limited and its subsidiaries have set up full-time and part-time organizations and positions in charge of handling various complaints and grievances. We have posted the related channels in the official website of the Company.

Does any board member or board committee have oversight of human rights issues?

Audit Committee of the Company

What is the relevance of human rights considerations to the company’s business model and strategy?

As an energy company with a strong sense of responsibility, CNOOC Limited fully understands that adhering to the strategy of sustainable development are not only requirements for the Company’s development by itself, but also a mission endued by the times. CNOOC Limited believes that to respect, protect and fulfil human rights are essential for its sustainable development.

How are human rights managed within your company?

CNOOC Limited supports the guidelines regarding human rights outlined in the United Nations Global Compact and actively practices these principles. Regarding human rights, CNOOC Limited abides by the best practices in the industry and strictly follows all international conventions as approved by the Chinese government.

What is the company’s approach to the engagement of stakeholders (including workers, and local communities impacted by the company’s activities), on human rights issues?

In terms of employee trainings, CNOOC Limited has always upheld a “people -oriented” principle and is keen to provide opportunities and channels for employee advancement. Based on different professional groups and job characteristics, the Company has built up three types of talent cultivation systems - management (M rank), skill (T rank) and operation (W rank) - which provide career development paths suitable for each employee. From 2012 - 2013, the Company also offered professional qualification license and training courses for employees in the areas of exploration supervision, underground operations, and well completion supervision, in which 115 people were certified for the rank of chief inspector and above, thus boosting the capability and quality of the Company’s key frontline employees. In terms of public welfare, CNOOC Limited has contributed to society through various ways such as providing educational aid and poverty alleviation efforts.

Priority human rights issues: What are some of the priority human rights issues for your company?

  • Health (including workplace health & safety, prevention of pollution)

  • Workplace diversity / non-discrimination

  • Forced labour and human trafficking (including in supply chains)

  • Freedom of association and trade union rights

  • Displacement and community relocation

  • Housing

  • Access to water

  • Freedom of expression and/or right to privacy / digital rights

  • Operations in conflict zones

  • Transparency in payments to governments / responsible tax practices

  • Indigenous peoples

  • Racial and ethnic minorities

Actions on 'other' issues

CNOOC Limited respects the basic human rights that all employees are entitled to in accordance with the laws. The Company also respects employees’ personal values, personalities and privacy under different culture background. We insist on giving fair and equal treatment in our recruitment, training, promotion and compensation systems regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, age, marital status and other legal privileges of an employee. All employees enter into legitimate employment contracts with the Company on an equal and voluntary basis. The Company opposes any forms of inhumane treatment and any form of forced labor to its employees. All employees are only required to work for a reasonable number of hours as supported by the law. The Company insists on providing reasonable compensation to its employees, and strictly abides by the relevant stipulations on salary, overtime hours and statutory benefits at the respective locations of operation. The Company respects and supports the freedom of its employees to socialize, gather, and join Labor Unions as according to the law. Guided by the Trade Union Law of the People's Republic of China, Labor Unions at all levels resumed their responsibility and obligation to protect employees’ legitimate rights and to monitor the Company’s fulfillment of its responsibilities, Labor Unions also oversee all operational activities related to employee benefits, and communicate with the Company on behalf of its members. CNOOC Limited adheres to the principle of equal footing between men and women. The Company actively increases the number of its woman employees and promotes the cultivation within the woman management team. In addition, the Company enriches the leisure activities of woman employees with various activities, and encourages them to participate in those activities. Since its establishment, the Company has never employed child labor for any operations in any area. The Company is committed to benefiting society during its development. Guided by its corporate governance to properly pursue business opportunities and reasonably develop resources, the Company focused on the win-win philosophy with its stakeholders by supporting the community development, in order to actively make contribution to the places where we operate. Also please refer to our website at for more information on our social responsibility activities.

How are human rights commitments and information about how the company addresses its human rights impacts communicated, internally and externally?

CNOOC Limited regularly prepares and publishes Annual Report and Sustainability Report that demonstrate the Company various efforts in related fields.

What provisions does your company have in place to ensure that grievances from workers and affected communities or individuals are heard, and can you provide examples of remedies provided?

CNOOC Limited and its subsidiaries have set up full-time and part-time organizations and positions in charge of handling various complaints and grievances. Anyone can make reports, allegations and grievances about violations and breaches of rules to the management, compliance monitoring personnel, legal advisers, internal audit department or other relevant departments of the subsidiaries by letter, in person, telephone, email, etc. We have posted the related channels in the official website of the Company. With the continuous expansion of its overseas business, the functional integration of its internal audit departments, organizational restructure of CNOOC International Limited, as well as completion of the acquisition of Nexen, CNOOC Limited updated its complaints system for financial control and appointed several complaint officers in 2013. The above financial control complaints and other grievances and complaints will be handled and filed in accordance with the Complaint and Grievance Administrative Measures of CNOOC Limited, as well as the Procedures of CNOOC Limited for Financial Control Complaints, and will be reported to the Audit Committee of the Company periodically in order to ensure that all individual reports are given proper attention and major weaknesses of the system can be reported to the Audit Committee directly.

Which external and collaborative human rights initiatives does your company participate in, and what is the nature of your involvement?

CNOOC Limited participates in the UN Global Compact and is fully committed to comply its duties with the 10 Principles advocated by the Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption. The Company will regularly disclose the practice and actions in relations to the 10 Principles.

Which are the key one, two or three elements of your approach to human rights that been developed or amended since June 2011? Please indicate if these actions were in response to the UN Guiding Principles.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, CNOOC Limited adopts the two principles on human rights advocated by the Global Compact, including 1) Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, and 2) to ensure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. The Company will fulfil its responsibility in the area of human rights. The commitment undertaken by CNOOC Limited as a Global Compact participant goes hand in hand with the UN Guiding Principles, which address the responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights. CNOOC Limited places a higher priority on employee welfare and seeks to enhance their wellbeing via various means. Since June 2011, CNOOC limited has invested much effort to caring for its employees in varying circumstances through a multitude of measures.

What are some of the obstacles and challenges that your company encounters in implementing its human rights commitments?

One of the challenges faced by CNOOC Limited is to safeguard its employees under a highly diversified working environment. As a global company, CNOOC Limited has more than 17,000 employees across 20 countries and regions. Ensuring a safe working environment for its employees worldwide means that CNOOC Limited needs to grapple with the variations in the physical environment and leverage different systems in practice. Another challenge CNOOC Limited faces is to retain Nexen’s employees as well as to carry on the culture integration following the acquisition of Nexen. CNOOC Limited’s Human Resource Department developed a staff retention program for Nexen, tailoring employment clauses for Nexen’s senior management and implementing annual pay adjustment programs for its employees and senior management.