Our Approach to Human Rights

Anadarko’s commitment to respect human rights at all of our operations worldwide is reflected in our core values and the Anadarko Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. Consistent with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Anadarko recognizes that federal and state governments are responsible for protecting and fulfilling human rights and as a responsible global operator, it is our obligation to respect human rights and comply with all applicable laws. Our business practices are conducted in accordance with applicable laws both domestically and abroad in a manner that embodies our culture of acting with the highest ethical standards.

Befitting our support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), we require of ourselves and our contractors the prohibition of the practice (and prevention) of forced, bonded, indentured, involuntary, convict or compulsory labor, as well as illegal child labor in any of our facilities and on any project or in connection with the work that we conduct, directly or indirectly. Similarly, we strongly support the eradication of any practices which create, nurture and/or sustain human trafficking. We reject human trafficking and modern day slavery in all its forms.  We implement and also require that our contractors implement sound human rights practices, policies and procedures, which  treat workers fairly, with dignity and respect, and provide a safe and healthy environment.

At the corporate level, Anadarko continuously evaluates ways to enhance awareness and disclosure regarding potential operational impacts to human rights. Where applicable, Anadarko also assesses potential impacts to human rights from our operations at the project or asset level within the Environmental, Social, and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) process. As needed, potential risks to human rights are identified and analyzed for new facilities in countries where we have not previously operated and for large-scale capital projects. Should any risks be identified in this process, Anadarko develops corresponding action plans to mitigate those risks and publicly communicate them.

Additionally, Anadarko conducts a comprehensive stakeholder-engagement process for new projects and where appropriate, existing ones, which communicates and shares information with identified stakeholders on our plans and activities. As appropriate, Anadarko also takes into account and incorporates stakeholder and local community concerns and feedback on operational impacts to surrounding communities from project inception to closure. Anadarko strives to engage with the community in a way that is culture-appropriate, timely and respectful of all parties involved.

Indigenous Peoples

Anadarko strives to communicate and work with indigenous populations in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner. We support informed and non-coercive negotiations among ourselves, our investors and communities, including any indigenous populations, prior to the construction and development of our operations. 

Utah – U.S. Native Americans

In Utah, Anadarko operates roughly 500 producing wells with associated facilities located on Ute Indian Tribal surface lands. Our business practice is to go above and beyond what the tribe requires in an effort to build a long-lasting and trusting relationship.

  • We work diligently with the tribe to maintain the appropriate access permits and business licenses to ensure that we protect tribal surface rights.

  • We have developed a partnership with the tribe and they currently own a working interest in one of our large processing plants.

  • We meet on a regular basis with individual members of the tribe, the Ute Tribe Business Council and various tribal departments to foster continuous and transparent open communication.

  • We actively support various Ute tribe community traditions and projects, such as their Pow Wow and road clean-ups.

  • We led the development and implementation of a program at the local technical college to support tribal members education and potential employment in the oil and natural gas industry.

  • We fully support the tribe’s preferential employment rights ordinance for tribal members and Indian-owned businesses.


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