UN Global Compact Statement
1. Board-level statement on continued support to the UN Global Compact
To Our Stakeholders
GulfLog reaffirms its support for the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-Corruption.
We are committed to sharing this information with all our stakeholders using our primary channels of communication.
The Board remain aware of the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed in New York in September 2015, and of the supporting role that GulfLog as a business can play – including through our continuing commitment to the UNGC. Four SDGs identified by the Board are of relevance, through our operations on the ground:
- SDG 2 – Zero hunger.
- SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth.
- SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
- SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
UN Global Compact Human Rights Principles
- Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
- Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
2. Our Commitment to Human Rights Principles
GulfLog respects human rights and where possible promotes the rights set out in the International Bill of Human Rights to avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through our activities and relationships.
GulfLog acts with due diligence to avoid infringing the right of others and always addresses any negative human rights impacts related to the business.
GulfLog makes voluntary and positive contributions to support human rights by creating diverse and inclusive workplaces, investing in communities, and by engaging employees and communities to promote collective action.
GulfLog uses the framework provided by the UN Guiding Principles to monitor, influence and improve the business practices of our operations, as well as those of our suppliers and business partners. We will work with others including industry, NGOs, trade unions, business partners and governments to mainstream the integration of human and labour rights into business.
- Effective Grievance Mechanisms.
- Addressing breaches of our code.
- Raising concerns and reporting channels.
- Improving Health & Well-being of our workforce
- Investing in our workforce.
- Fairness in the workplace.
- Supporting local communities.
- Strengthening the local economy.
UN Global Compact Labour Principles
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
5. The effective abolition of child labour.
6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
3. Our Commitment to Labour Principles
GulfLog commits to adhere to the Labour practices as per the Constitution in the country of operations, follow the entire stated SOPs that regards recruitment, selection of staff, and procurement of goods and services, uphold labour standards across the business operations. This includes employment that is productive and delivers a fair income, one that ensures workplace security, social protection, better prospects for personal development and social integrations.
GulfLog focuses on non-discrimination, equal opportunities and treatment (including for men and women and freedom to express concerns. GulfLog respects the rights of women and girls by putting in place non-discrimination and sexual harassment policies and recognizes the importance of women as leaders, consumers, entrepreneurs, workers and caretakers.
GulfLog supports good relationships with employers, contractors and the labour unions that represent them and are vital in attracting the labour resources that the Group needs to maintain operational efficiency and licence to operate.
GulfLog recognises workers’ rights to union membership and collective bargaining and takes a proactive approach to dialogue with workers and their representatives.
GulfLog remains committed to and proud of our diversity, currently employing several nationalities across our Africa network. With a policy of employing local nationals wherever possible, we offer challenging career opportunities regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or gender. This is reinforced by appropriate policies within each business.
Employees across the Group are kept up to date on business and corporate matters through face-to-face meetings, and newsletters (including messages by email from individual Board members).
GulfLog prohibits employment of a child in any activity by refusing to employ children under the recommended age in the respective countries and prohibits forced labour under the Provisions related to forced labour are found in the Constitution at section 6(2) which declares that no person shall be required to perform forced labour. Provisions related to trafficking in persons are found in the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act which criminalises trafficking under article 11, as well as our existing UNGC commitments and the priority attached to SDG 8.
UN Global Compact Environmental Principles
7. Business should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges,
8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
4. Our Commitment to Environmental Principles
GulfLog’s approach to protecting the environment is to foster a culture of stewardship, where individual employees and GulfLog companies understand the impact of their operations so as to prevent and reduce the negative effects, use resources efficiently and utilise responsible technology.
Through the implementation of a robust Integrated Safety Management System to ISO International Standards GulfLog ensures appropriate policies, procedures and staff training can be put in place and quickly implemented. In order to communicate these international standards to new staff, GulfLog implements a well communicated and progressive training program to guide, instruct and ultimately ensure staff are well trained in the tasks that they perform. The training is introduced at an appropriate level and level pace to ensure the GulfLog’s QHSE message that “Safety and the environment are our number one priorities” is understood by all.
UN Global Compact Anti-Corruption Principles
10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
5. Our Commitment to Anti-Corruption Principles
This UNGC principle is embodied in GulfLog’s core value of ‘Conducting business with integrity’. Behaving ethically in accordance with our Group values is essential to maintain trust, licence to operate and a positive reputation. At GulfLog, we consider it everyone’s responsibility to uphold our corporate values and conduct themselves with the utmost integrity.
Since inception, consistent ethical standards have been established and applied across the company. GulfLog has a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption, and we are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships wherever we operate.
Several far-reaching measures have been adopted to ensure that these standards are being applied throughout the Group, which include training all staff members on the anti-corruption and bribery policy and whistleblowing policy, and through continual assessment of contract and procurement procedures. Compliance Managers have been appointed across the GulfLog businesses. In addition, GulfLog has enlisted the services of an independent auditor to identify and correct any weaknesses in the various divisions.
GulfLog welcomes opportunities to join discussions on these issues with other businesses working in Africa, with the UN and multi-lateral organisations, and with Governments in Africa and elsewhere. We strongly believe in helping to promote the value of transparent and business-friendly environments in fostering jobs and sustainable growth through trade and investment across the continent.