2013 Communication on Progress

Participant
Published
  • 2013/07/26
Time period
  • May 2012  –  July 2013
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Format
  • Part of a sustainability or corporate (social) responsibility report
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Advanced level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
  • Meets all criteria for the GC Advanced level
Verification
and Transparency
  • How is the accuracy and completeness of information in your COP assessed by a credible third-party?
  • Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) against recognized assurance standard (e.g., ISAE3000, AA1000AS, other national or industry-specific standard)

  • The COP describes any action(s) that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to have the credibility of the information in its COP externally assessed, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Information is reviewed by multiple stakeholders (e.g., representatives of groups prioritized in stakeholder analysis)

  • Information is reviewed by a panel of peers (e.g., members of the same industry, competitors, benchmarked leaders, others organized via Global Compact Local Network)

  • Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) using their own proprietary methodology

  • Other established or emerging best practices

 
  • The COP incorporates the following high standards of transparency and disclosure:
  • Applies the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines or the GRI Standards

  • Applies elements of the International Integrated Reporting Framework

  • Provides information on the company’s profile and context of operation

Strategy, Governance
and Engagement
  • Criterion 1: The COP describes mainstreaming into corporate functions and business units
  • Place responsibility for execution of sustainability strategy in relevant corporate functions (procurement, government affairs, human resources, legal, etc) ensuring that no function is conflicting with company sustainability commitments and objectives

  • Align strategies, goals and incentive structures of all business units and subsidiaries with corporate sustainability strategy

  • Assign responsibility for corporate sustainability implementation to an individual or group within each business unit and subsidiary

  • Design corporate sustainability strategy to leverage synergies between and among issue areas and to deal adequately with trade-offs

  • Ensure that different corporate functions coordinate closely to maximize performance and avoid unintended negative impacts

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Our Resourcefulness concept is effectively managed and overseen by robust governance, and in particular by two main bodies: an external advisory board (“RAB”) and our own internal executive team (“RET”), meeting about six times a year, headed by the CEO.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 2: The COP describes value chain implementation
  • Analyze each segment of the value chain carefully, both upstream and downstream, when mapping risks, opportunities and impacts

  • Communicate policies and expectations to suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Implement monitoring and assurance mechanisms (e.g. audits/screenings) for compliance within the company’s sphere of influence

  • Undertake awareness-raising, training and other types of capacity building with suppliers and other business partners

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    2012, we started to roll‑out a new Contractor HSSE Management system and developed a balanced scorecard outlining our Contractor Management targets. Risks have been identified and gaps defined, and these have been communicated to our contractors.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Human Rights
  • Criterion 4: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the human rights principles
  • Process to ensure that internationally recognized human rights are respected

  • On-going due diligence process that includes an assessment of actual and potential human rights impacts (BRE 2 + BRE 3 + ARE 2 + ARE 3)

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on human rights for management and employees

  • Operational-level grievance mechanisms for those potentially impacted by the company’s activities (BRE 4 + ARE 4)

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability for addressing human rights impacts

  • Internal decision-making, budget and oversight for effective responses to human rights impacts

  • Processes to provide for or cooperate in the remediation of adverse human rights impacts that the company has caused or contributed to (BRE 3+ BRE 4 + ARE3 + ARE 4)

  • Process and programs in place to support human rights through: core business; strategic philanthropic/social investment; public policy engagement/advocacy; partnerships and/or other forms of collective action (BRE 6 + ARE 6)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Our specific human rights responsibilities are contained in our Human Rights Matrix, a management tool derived from the UNGC and the Business Leaders' Initiative on Human Rights. It is the basis for all our activities in the field of human rights.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 5: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of human rights integration
  • System to monitor the effectiveness of human rights policies and implementation with quantitative and qualitative metrics, including in the supply chain (BRE3 + ARE3)

  • Monitoring draws from internal and external feedback, including affected stakeholders

  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results

  • Process to deal with incidents the company has caused or contributed to for internal and external stakeholders (BRE 4 + ARE 4)

  • Grievance mechanisms that are legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, transparent, rights-compatible, a source of continuous learning, and based on engagement and dialogue (BRE4 + ARE4)

  • Outcomes of integration of the human rights principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Supported by external consultants, we conduct Human Rights Consulting visits to evaluate the human rights situation of employees and contractors. Further, we conduct comprehensive supplier audits comprising human rights criteria.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 3: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of human rights
  • Commitment to comply with all applicable laws and respect internationally recognized human rights, wherever the company operates (e.g., the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Guiding Principles on Human Rights) (BRE1 + ARE1)

  • Integrated or stand-alone statement of policy expressing commitment to respect and support human rights approved at the most senior level of the company (BRE 1 + BRE5 + ARE 1 + ARE 5)

  • Statement of policy stipulating human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to operations, products or services (BRE 1)

  • Statement of policy publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties (BRE 1 + BRE 5 + ARE 1 + ARE 5)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    The key elements of our human rights management system are formulated in the OMV Human Rights Policy adopted by the board in 2007. Further, we expect all suppliers to adhere to the standards laid out in our Code of Conduct.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Labour
  • Criterion 8: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of labour principles integration
  • System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics

  • Dialogues with the representative organization of workers to regularly review progress made and jointly identify priorities for the future

  • Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the working conditions of companies in the supply chain, in line with principles of international labour standards

  • Process to positively engage with the suppliers to address the challenges (i.e., partnership approach instead of corrective approach) through schemes to improve workplace practices

  • Outcomes of integration of the Labour principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    OMV maintains ongoing dialogue with employees to find out what works well in their jobs and identify areas for improvement by the means of a group-wide Global People Survey ("HCM") at regular intervals.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 6: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of labour
  • Reference to principles of relevant international labour standards (ILO Conventions) and other normative international instruments in company policies

  • Reflection on the relevance of the labour principles for the company

  • Written company policy to obey national labour law, respect principles of relevant international labour standards in worldwide company operations and engage in dialogue with representative organization of the workers (international, sectoral, national).

  • Inclusion of reference to the principles contained in the relevant international labour standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Specific commitments and Human Resources policies, in line with national development priorities or decent work priorities in the country of operation

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    OMV has a structured approach to foster international and gender diversity. We aim to increase the percentage of women among our Senior Vice Presidents to 18% by 2015 and 30% by 2020 and to have 38% internationals on SVP level by 2015 and 50% by 2020.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Structural engagement with a global union, possibly via a Global Framework Agreement

  • Participation and leadership by employers’ organizations (international and national) to jointly address challenges related to labour standards in the countries of operation, possibly in a tripartite approach (business – trade union – government).

  • Criterion 7: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the labour principles
  • Risk and impact assessments in the area of labour

  • Dialogue mechanism with trade unions to regularly discuss and review company progress in addressing labour standards

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organization

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on the labour principles for management and employees

  • Active engagement with suppliers to address labour-related challenges

  • Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g., whistleblower mechanisms) available for workers to report concerns, make suggestions or seek advice, designed and operated in line with the representative organization of workers

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    OMV regards employees' engagement as key to integrate sustainability in the organization. Measures comprise sustainability project sponsorship roles for senior managers or the integration of Sustainability targets into Management-by-Objective plans.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Environment
  • Criterion 11: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for environmental stewardship
  • System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics

  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results

  • Process to deal with incidents

  • Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the environmental performance of companies in the supply chain

  • Outcomes of integration of the environmental principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    Legal compliance monitoring and audits are performed regularly to ensure that all necessary environmental permits are in place and that measures required by permits and inspection reports are applied.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 10: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the environmental principles
  • Environmental risk and impact assessments

  • Assessments of lifecycle impact of products, ensuring environmentally sound management policies

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organisation

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on environmental stewardship for management and employees

  • Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g. whistleblower mechanisms) for reporting concerns or seeking advice regarding environmental impacts

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    A robust set of regulations, including Environmental Management Directive, Standard and supporting procedures and guidelines, is in place to ensure effective integration of environmental principles in projects and operations.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 9: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of environmental stewardship
  • Reference to relevant international conventions and other international instruments (e.g. Rio Declaration on Environment and Development)

  • Reflection on the relevance of environmental stewardship for the company

  • Written company policy on environmental stewardship

  • Inclusion of minimum environmental standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Specific commitments and goals for specified years

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    OMV constantly improves energy and water efficiency and reduces the carbon intensity of operations through process optimization and energy efficient low carbon technologies. Further, we focus on natural gas, as it is the cleanest fossil fuel.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Anti-Corruption
  • Criterion 13: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the anti-corruption principle
  • Support by the organization’s leadership for anti-corruption (B4)

  • Carrying out risk assessment of potential areas of corruption (D3)

  • Human Resources procedures supporting the anti-corruption commitment or policy, including communication to and training for all employees (B5 + D8)

  • Internal checks and balances to ensure consistency with the anti-corruption commitment (B6)

  • Actions taken to encourage business partners to implement anti-corruption commitments (D6)

  • Management responsibility and accountability for implementation of the anti-corruption commitment or policy (D7)

  • Communications (whistleblowing) channels and follow-up mechanisms for reporting concerns or seeking advice (D9)

  • Internal accounting and auditing procedures related to anticorruption (D10)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    OMV Executive Board considers compliance matters as a top priority and dedicates ample time and resources to the topic. OMV’s compliance organization consists of 42 employees fully or partly dedicated to compliance tasks.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 14: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the integration of anti-corruption
  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results (D12)

  • Process to deal with incidents (D13)

  • Public legal cases regarding corruption (D14)

  • Use of independent external assurance of anti-corruption programmes (D15)

  • Outcomes of integration of the anti-corruption principle

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    OMV is Austria's first listed company to hold a certified Compliance Management System in line with IDW Assurance Standard 980. Amongst others, anti-corruption was subject of this external examination for adequate design, implementation and effectiveness.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 12: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of anti-corruption
  • Publicly stated formal policy of zero-tolerance of corruption (D1)

  • Commitment to be in compliance with all relevant anti-corruption laws, including the implementation of procedures to know the law and monitor changes (B2)

  • Detailed policies for high-risk areas of corruption (D4)

  • Policy on anti-corruption regarding business partners (D5)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    OMV insists on commitment to honesty and integrity, incl. clear rules addressing conflicts of interest, gifts, hospitality, donations, lobbyists and intermediaries and a zero tolerance policy towards bribery, fraud, theft and other forms of corruption.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Statement of support for international and regional legal frameworks, such as the UN Convention against Corruption (D2)

UN Goals and Issues
  • Criterion 15: The COP describes core business contributions to UN goals and issues
  • Develop relevant products and services or design business models that contribute to UN goals/issues

  • Adopt and modify operating procedures to maximize contribution to UN goals/issues

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    "Resourcefulness" is our principal concept for implementing initiatives in the areas of Carbon, Energy and Water Management, New Energies and Education & Development. To date, over 300 projects have been initiated in 25 countries worldwide.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Align core business strategy with one or more relevant UN goals/issues

  • Criterion 16: The COP describes strategic social investments and philanthropy
  • Pursue social investments and philanthropic contributions that tie in with the core competencies or operating context of the company as an integrated part of its sustainability strategy

  • Coordinate efforts with other organizations and initiatives to amplify—and not negate or unnecessarily duplicate—the efforts of other contributors

  • Take responsibility for the intentional and unintentional effects of funding and have due regard for local customs, traditions, religions, and priorities of pertinent individuals and groups

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    "Skills to Succeed" is a pillar of our Resourcefulness concept defining the principle direction of our social investment: We foster the skills people require to be successful and invest in the economic development of the communities in which we operate.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 18: The COP describes partnerships and collective action
  • Develop and implement partnership projects with public or private organizations (UN entities, government, NGOs, or other groups) on core business, social investments and/or advocacy

  • Join industry peers, UN entities and/or other stakeholders in initiatives contributing to solving common challenges and dilemmas at the global and/or local levels with an emphasis on initiatives extending the company’s positive impact on its value chain

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In 2012, OMV initiated a comprehensive cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Amongst others, the partnership comprises a new institute for “Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and Performance Management”.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 17: The COP describes advocacy and public policy engagement
  • Publicly advocate the importance of action in relation to one or more UN goals/issues

  • Commit company leaders to participate in key summits, conferences, and other important public policy interactions in relation to one or more UN goals/issues

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    In 2012, OMV hosted the presentation of the World Energy Outlook by the IEA in Vienna. The report confirmed that fossil fuels will continue to play an important role in the energy mix and confirmed the role of gas as a partner for energy policy change.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

Governance
  • Criterion 19: The COP describes CEO commitment and leadership
  • CEO leads executive management team in development of corporate sustainability strategy, defining goals and overseeing implementation

  • CEO publicly delivers explicit statements and demonstrates personal leadership on sustainability and commitment to the UN Global Compact

  • CEO promotes initiatives to enhance sustainability of the company’s sector and leads development of industry standards

  • Make sustainability criteria and UN Global Compact principles part of goals and incentive schemes for CEO and executive management team

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    The CEO heads the internal "Resourcefulness Executive Team", responsible for developing our sustainability concept further. Moreover, sustainability targets are integrated in the Management-by-Objective plans of about 3,200 employees.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 21: The COP describes stakeholder engagement
  • Publicly recognize responsibility for the company’s impacts on internal and external stakeholders

  • Define sustainability strategies, goals and policies in consultation with key stakeholders

  • Consult stakeholders in dealing with implementation dilemmas and challenges and invite them to take active part in reviewing performance

  • Establish channels to engage with employees and other stakeholders to hear their ideas and address their concerns

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    One element of our stakeholder engagement process is the Corporate Stakeholder Forum, which meets annually. Through the forum, we gain a deeper understanding of our stakeholders’ needs and expectations.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Criterion 20: The COP describes Board adoption and oversight
  • Board of Directors (or equivalent) assumes responsibility and oversight for long-term corporate sustainability strategy and performance

  • Board establishes, where permissible, a committee or assigns an individual board member with responsibility for corporate sustainability.

  • Board (or committee), where permissible, approves formal reporting on corporate sustainability (Communication on Progress)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    The internal Resourcefulness Executive Team, headed by the CEO, transforms the output of an external Sustainability Advisory Board ("RAB"), consisting of external sustainability experts, into strategy and activities.

  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff