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Human Rights Training


We encourage specific human rights training, implementing tools that educate employees of the possible consequences on human rights when performing their duties. We have developed specific training in human rights impact assessment processes and implementing incident reporting channels in our operations.

Specific training

We foster a culture of respect for human rights among our employees. 

This is why providing training on human rights to the people who form part of Repsol and raising their awareness on the subject—in addition to the resulting ability for "pro-people" responses to unforeseen situations—play a key role. We have therefore developed an online course on the Basic Principles of Human Rights, which is based on the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our aim is for all employees to complete this course gradually, starting with employees in the countries where there is a greater risk of human rights violations. 

2012 to 2015 progress indicator 

In addition, we provide a classroom-based training course with specific workshops on conducting human rights impact assessments and implementing an effective incident reporting mechanism, training sessions for employees who have Purchasing and Contracts duties, and a three-hour classroom-based module taught as part of the Repsol Master's in Energy Management (REGE), aimed at the Company's new hires. 

Progress indicator from 2014

Also covering Corporate Security

Security force personnel's ability to respond when confronted with unpredictable situations is closely linked with their training in and awareness of human rights issues. Training is essential to ensure that external security employees also act in accordance with both national and international regulations and current legislation in order to avoid abuse or arbitrary or discriminatory conduct that could lead to physical or moral violence against people. For this reason, training for all security contractors is a Company requirement. We also ask for documentary proof that the training has been completed. 

We have internal training plans to pass on the basic notions of human rights to the private security teams, ensuring that they have the necessary tools:

  • Historical development and legal categories. 
  • Constitutional principles that uphold the rule of law.
  • Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the International Labour Organization, UN Global Compact, constitutional rights (peaceful meeting, association, etc.). 
  • Constitutional operation of Human Rights in relation to other subjective rights: companies and freedom of association, forced labor and coercion, child labor, and discrimination among others. 
  • The importance that all individuals fulfill their responsibilities: the defense of human rights and the implementation of security, defensive use of the media, and the proportional use of force and prevention.

Success story

On March 30th, 2015, Repsol Bolivia signed a cooperation agreement with the Bolivian army to strengthen the security of our operations. 

Under the agreement, Repsol Bolivia created an annual training program together with the Spanish Red Cross Center for the Study of International Humanitarian Law (CEDIH). The following training actions were carried out:

  • Two annual 30-hour classroom courses (one in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and the other in La Paz) for 75 of the Army's officers and non-commissioned officers. The first took place in June and the second in September. 
  • Ten annual scholarships to take the Advanced Course on International Humanitarian Law at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) in San Remo, Italy. In September, ten officers from the Bolivian army took the course.