Human Rights Training

We conduct trainings on human rights, which equip our employees with an understanding of our human rights management process and give them a space to work on concrete operational issues and local challenges. Even though the key concepts of OMV Human Rights Management are the same across our countries, the training focal points and discussions vary significantly, ranging from human rights in armed conflict environments and the risk of OMV’s complicity to OMV’s human rights responsibilities in joint ventures, to personal legal liability and employees’ human rights and grievances.

All employees are strongly encouraged to complete an interactive e-learning training course, which guides them through human rights norms and situations. With the launch of the new OMV learning platform, human rights e-learning was added to the training curriculum of all employees worldwide. This module is an interactive 30-minute training session that teaches a basic understanding of human rights in general and their relevance to our business specifically. It provides an opportunity for employees to test their knowledge using real-life examples.

In 2020, 21 individuals participated in face-to-face human rights trainings in Russia and Romania, the only such trainings we were able to carry out before the travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 hit. The participants were introduced to basic human rights concepts and their relevance to OMV. They also learned about the tools and processes for implementing OMV’s human rights management process, familiarized themselves with the human rights responsibilities of their own roles, and discussed specific operational challenges and opportunities with regard to human rights.

Across OMV, 13% of all employees received training on human rights in 2020. 63% of all employees received training between 2016 and 2020. 1 All human rights training data excluding Borealis

In the context of the Sustainability Strategy 2025, we have pledged to train all employees exposed to human rights risks by 2025. This target group consists of employees responsible or accountable for the implementation of our human rights responsibilities (Human Resources, Security, Site Management, Auditing, Community Relations/Community Development, Procurement) working in countries with elevated human rights risks or in corporate functions. By the end of 2020, 80% employees from the target group were trained. 2 The target group was recalculated in 2020 to represent a cumulative number from 2016 to 2020. The cumulative 2016–2020 target group is 795 employees.

We also implement internal awareness-raising campaigns throughout the Group. All of the business heads in countries where we have operations were informed about their country’s human rights risk level. We provided information about the main challenges and recommended due diligence steps and trainings, where applicable. A human rights awareness campaign was also conducted on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on December 10. All employees Group-wide were informed about our commitment and invited to complete the human rights e-learning program.

1 All human rights training data excluding Borealis

2 The target group was recalculated in 2020 to represent a cumulative number from 2016 to 2020. The cumulative 2016–2020 target group is 795 employees.

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