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Organization Name

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

Case Story Title

OMV, the UN Global Compact and Human Rights: From signature to implementation

Case Story Date


Issues Addressed

  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 2 - Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Principle 3 - Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Principle 4 - The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • Principle 5 - The effective abolition of child labour
  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Case Story Category

Partnership Project

Countries of Impact

Pakistan, Tunisia, Yemen

Case Description

The study provides a detailed account of OMV’s development of tools for its human rights implementation (in particular, its human rights policy and human rights matrix) and how the company has been striving to create a favourable climate for the acceptance of human rights among its employees and within its wider sphere of influence, the way it integrated human rights into its business processes, and how it strives to further implement and improve its human rights tools. Over a two year period, the company developed all human rights initiatives and efforts jointly with its staff and consultants. It captured the issues, approaches, and policies in an internal Human Rights Matrix, which helps to map OMV’s responsibilities in relation to human rights, assess existing gaps between OMV responsibilities and activities, and prioritize OMV’s actions.



Nicole Polsterer

Contact Person


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