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Corporate Security

We apply the strictest corporate security regulations

We are in over 40 countries and operate in sensitive areas, so we need corporate security to be part of the Company's many activities.

The strategic importance of the energy sector's infrastructures means that they are exposed to inherent risks of terrorism and armed conflict. They should therefore be protected with the help of private security companies and state security forces and bodies.

Through our Protection of Tangible and Intangible Assets Policy, we pledge to protect the company's people, interests, assets, and knowledge. It also establishes the commitment and principles that should guide corporate security, respecting human rights and regulating the use of weapons in surveillance and human protection.

This commitment was strengthened in 2014 when we formally joined the international Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative (VPI), which aims to ensure the security of our operations in sensitive areas and conflict zones through work procedures that guarantee respect for human rights.

Implementing these principles means: 

  • Managing security risks: having a methodology for assessing security risks allows us to identify potential threats that we may face during our activities.
  • Selecting security providers: When selecting security providers, we require that they meet a series of minimum requirements in terms of ethical and social conduct.
  • Including specific clauses in contracts: The contracts we sign with private security companies specifically include clauses requiring that our Policy on Respect for Human Rights be followed.
  • Human Rights Training: At Repsol, in addition to providing training to our own staff, we also demand that the employees of private security companies contracted at our facilities are trained in human rights.

All of our security staff has received formal human rights training.

Monitoring our security providers: We supervise the security services to identify irregularities that could result in human rights abuses.

Communication channels: our employees, contractors, or any stakeholders can report events that may be considered breaches of human rights or violations of the law.

Operations in sensitive areas

The strategic importance of energy infrastructures means that they are exposed to inherent risks of terrorism and armed conflict. 

In this kind of operations, the measures we take are in accordance with the situation of the area in question, requiring us to have a greater focus on people’s safety when traveling and commuting and on the protection of the facilities. 

To protect the facilities, our Corporate Security Policy generally rejects the use of firearms by private security contractors, except in areas at serious risk, or when national legislation requires it. 

Proper management of corporate security strengthens the trust of those living in the areas we operate in, and of our employees. 

Every four months a report is drawn up on the security situation in the countries where the company operates. Emergency and evacuation plans are also regularly updated and revised. 

Proper management of corporate security strengthens the trust of those living in the areas we operate in, and of our employees. 

Prevention, our best tool

Disruptions to the activities in an industrial facility or an exploration and production operation, the loss of project knowledge, or any harm caused to people in conflict zones or areas experiencing social unrest, all come at a high cost and have consequences that are difficult to predict. In order to minimize these effects, corporate security dedicates a great deal of its efforts to prevention. This includes risk assessment and initiatives to inform, outreach, and dissuade. Depending on the results obtained in risk assessments, we prepare emergency, crisis, and evacuation plans. They consider the guidelines to follow in critical situations: creating crisis committees, protocols to follow in the event of bomb threats or seizure of facilities, self-protection measures for employees if held or extorted, and family emergency or evacuation plans. Providing training and spreading awareness on human rights as well as being able to deal with unforeseen events, are all key to managing security risks. That is why our employees, particularly those in charge of corporate security, are given specific training on both company regulations and human rights topics.