Human Rights Commitments

PETRONAS is committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights in areas of its operations, complying with its Code of Conduct and Business Ethics, and all relevant legal requirements.

The external operating landscape has changed drastically over the past decade. The oil and gas industry is increasingly operating in complex environments where social concerns are a central problem. A proactive foresight on Human Rights-related risks is crucial to sustain the company's long term growth. We have expanded our focus to ensure local communities’ well-being is a key consideration when carrying out day-to-day operations.

Human Rights is defined as basic standards of treatment for everyone regardless of nationality, religion and language amongst others. There are 30 human rights as listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Some of the issues that are understood as human rights include non-discrimination, freedom of association, education, right to or access to clean air and water.

The objective of the PETRONAS Human Rights Commitment is to ensure PETRONAS’ activities are governed by human rights principles, laws, best industry practices and standards to manage impacts in our areas of operation.

The Commitment is applicable to all employees of PETRONAS Group of Companies, contractors, subcontractors and any third parties within PETRONAS premises or performing work and/or business for or on behalf of PETRONAS, in line with PETRONAS Contractors Code Of Conduct On Human Rights.

Human Rights is embedded across the five key areas of the PETRONAS Social Performance Framework that could potentially affect operational activities, namely, Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Socio-economic & Cultural.

Human Rights Commitments


The Commitment addresses:
  • Labour and working conditions for contractors
  • Third party security
  • Supply chain
  • Community well-being
In order to support the implementation of the Commitment, Group HSE – Custodian for the Human Rights Commitment – have conducted a number of human rights training programmes for its employees and developed guidelines for its implementation.

Aligning to industry practices/standards on human rights is essential. PETRONAS is an active member of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, and contributes to collaborative learning projects on human rights.