Statkraft is active in parts of the world where follow-up of human rights can be challenged, either directly through our own operations or indirectly through the company's supply chain. This is something the Group takes seriously.
Statkraft actively promotes respect for human rights. Our duty to actively promote respect for human rights and labour rights is clearly described in Statkraft’s code of conduct and in Statkraft’s supplier code of conduct. Follow-up of human rights is addressed several times in the company's management system, and systematic efforts are made to standardise requirements for follow-up of human rights in Statkraft’s contracts.
New human rights steering document
In order to strengthen the follow-up of human rights, Statkraft prepared a steering document in 2013, based on the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Further initiatives to support the implementation will be carried out in 2014.
Ongoing dispute concerning development of wind power in Sweden
In 2012, a complaint was lodged against Statkraft before the OECD's Norwegian and Swedish contact points for multinational companies in connection with the development of wind power in Jämtland and Västernorrland counties in Sweden. Statkraft owns 60% of the company building the wind farm - Statkraft SCA Vind AB.
Jijnjevaerie Sami Village claims it has not been sufficiently consulted on the parts of the project that affect the reindeer herding of the village, and that Statkraft is therefore in violation of the principles in the guidelines. The Sami Village has therefore requested that the contact points facilitate a dialogue with Statkraft.
Swedish courts have approved the project and project execution, including the consultations with parties affected by the project, which have been ongoing since 2007.
In 2014, the contact points have offered to facilitate a dialogue between Jijnjevaerie Sami Village and Statkraft. Statkraft will follow the recommendations from the contact points and continue the dialogue with Jijnevaerie Sami Village.