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Addressing security concerns

Security and respect for human rights can and should be compatible. ExxonMobil is committed to ensuring the security of company personnel and operations in a manner that respects human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Framework on Security and Human Rights

For the past decade, ExxonMobil has actively participated in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, a forum that provides for discussion and information sharing among extractive industry companies, governments and non-governmental organizations. These Voluntary Principles affirm the constructive role that businesses can play in supporting and advancing human rights and security.

In 2012, International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) completed an Implementation Guidance Tool for introducing these Principles in countries that are not members of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

ExxonMobil personnel attended implementation workshops in Indonesia and Peru.

Most countries with ExxonMobil operations rely on the use of unarmed private security providers. However, in some instances, host governments provide security personnel. In these cases, the expectation to uphold human rights remains the same. ExxonMobil’s Statement and Framework on Security and Human Rights helps implement the Voluntary Principles. The Statement and Framework includes guidance on working with host government security personnel, instituting memoranda of understanding regarding host government-assigned security personnel, developing approaches for interacting with private security providers, and reporting and establishing record keeping templates. Approximately 99 percent of our private security personnel contracts include requirements to address human rights concerns.

Establishing strong partnerships with the local community is the foundation of the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project’s security strategy. We have faced some challenges and delays from work stoppages due to community disruptions and land access issues. We address these challenges through the implementation of our Security Plan and work done by our land and community affairs team to engage with communities directly. Consistent with expectations set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and Esso Highlands Limited, Papua New Guinea government security personnel are to receive appropriate training, including human rights awareness training. We continue to encourage assigned government security personnel to provide human rights awareness training to personnel supporting community policing initiatives near project areas. Project personnel also work with project contractors to ensure workers have the appropriate training, tools and support to perform their duties safely and effectively.