We know that slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking (Modern Slavery) is a global issue existing in every region in the world and in every type of economy, whether industrialised, developing or in transition. No sector or industry can be considered immune or untainted. Eland takes a zero tolerance approach to Modern Slavery and expects its staff to report concerns using established reporting channels for code of conduct and for Eland senior management to act on such concerns.
Eland is an oil & gas production and development company operating in West Africa with an initial focus on Nigeria. We are committed to making meaningful improvements to workers’ employment and workplace conditions including but not limited to the prevention of forced, bonded and trafficked labour. We do this through our policies and governance, which are supported by our leadership. Our Code of Conduct sets out clear guidelines on how we expect our people and stakeholders to act.
Eland Code of Conduct recognises the importance of respecting and promoting human rights, both internally and externally and Eland’s commitment to maintaining fair and equal treatment of all of Eland’s employees and contractors.
Eland encourages its joint ventures, partners, suppliers and contractors to do the same. Eland will not tolerate the abuse of human rights in its operations and it its supply chain. Eland operates a whistleblowing process primarily aimed at our employees but also available to others working in our supply chain enabling either our employees or third parties to report, either on a named basis or anonymously, any wrongdoing including human rights violations such as Modern Slavery. All reports will be investigated, and remedial action taken.
Our Code of Conduct forms part of the contract with suppliers and underpins the values that we expect our suppliers to uphold when performing work on our behalf. Our Corporate Social Responsibility projects engage with our communities. All work must be voluntary, and not done under any threat of penalties or sanctions. Workers must be free to leave work at any time, with all salary owed to be paid.
When we on-board new suppliers our Due Diligence process includes a requirement for suppliers to disclose whether, within their own business or that of any of their subcontractors, they seek to identify instances of activities that constitute or are akin to Modern Slavery. Failure to take such steps constitutes a red flag. Depending on the nature of the activity to be performed this could cause Eland to disqualify a prospective supplier.
Progressively as we refresh due diligence on our existing suppliers and on-board new suppliers Eland has visibility of where Modern Slavery issues may be present in our operations, can take appropriate remedial action and can communicate to staff and to suppliers, appropriately.
Eland will continue to monitor and manage this risk to the business in 2018 and will take action to raise awareness of the issue among suppliers and across our operations. Any reports of instances of Modern Slavery will be investigated and appropriate remedial action will be taken.