Companies have a corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Human rights situations in countries where Statkraft operates can be challenging. This is something the Group takes seriously.
Ambitions and goals – Human Rights
In 2015, Statkraft performed a materiality analysis to identify the sustainability issues that are most important to the company and its stakeholders. One of the issues identified was Human Rights. Ambition, goals and status for 2015 is presented below.
Statkraft’s management on human rights has been guided by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises since the adoption or revision of these instruments. Statkraft’s commitment in this area is reflected in the company’s Code of Conduct, which is adopted by the Board of Directors. The commitment to human rights is also reflected in the company’s Corporate Responsibility policy and HSE policy. Statkraft has over several years worked on integrating and operationalizing human rights into existing governing documents and processes.
In 2015, Statkraft has worked actively on strengthening its management framework for assessing and managing human rights issues. Statkraft has also participated in a national pilot project lead by the OECD Norwegian National Contact Point aimed at providing a methodology to conduct human rights due diligence processes. The project included general training on human rights and the UN Guiding Principles, risk mapping for right holders, management of human rights in the supply chain and promoted tools - including reporting tools - that can assist in human rights management. Statkraft has also conducted a high-level assessment of its governance structure on human rights as well as a review of its potential human rights impacts and further identification of its salient human rights impacts. This has led to the identification of possible improvement measures, which are being considered and prioritized for a roll-out in 2016.
Dispute related to development of wind power in Sweden
In 2012, a complaint against Statkraft was lodged before the OECD’s Norwegian and Swedish National Contact Points (NCPs) in connection with the development of wind power in Sweden. Mediation took place between Jijnjevaerie Sámi Village and Statkraft in 2014 and was concluded without agreement. The Final Statement from the OECD NCPs was issued on 9 February 2016, thereby concluding on and closing the case. The NCPs have not found any grounds for concluding that Statkraft has failed to comply with the OECD Guidelines. The statement did point to some areas for improvement, including that Statkraft/SSVAB can work in a manner that even more clearly promotes indigenous people’s rights and the implementation of the Guidelines. The NCPs further recommended that the parties show renewed will to negotiate an agreement on the further development of the wind power projects.