Human Rights and Security

Baker Hughes supports universal human rights, as defined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Baker Hughes supports universal human rights, as defined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is committed to preserve these rights for our employees in every place of operation. While it is the fundamental role of government to safeguard basic human rights, we too have a responsibility to our multinational workforce, the communities where we operate and business partners to adhere to the principles of human rights. We collaborate through trade, professional, cultural and other membership forums to affect positive outcomes in human rights reform.

Through the Baker Hughes Business Code of Conduct, we promote a culture of ethical and lawful behavior. Our guidelines make clear that it is the responsibility of all managers and employees to uphold socially-responsible conduct. Baker Hughes' policy is based upon our practice of treating all people with dignity and respect, both those within and outside our boundaries of operations.

Baker Hughes is committed to the following international labor and workplace standards:

Non-Discriminatory Treatment

We provide equal opportunity for all in recruiting, hiring, developing, promoting, and compensating without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other basis that is protected under applicable law.

Healthy and Safe Work Environment

We are committed to the health and safety of our employees. We maintain a program of regular training to ensure individuals are equipped to identify and manage potential risks in the workplace. Our Stop Work Process encourages employees to discontinue work when they encounter unacceptable health, safety or environmental conditions.

Minimum Wages

We abide by local law with respect to minimum wages. Where no wage law exists, we use market and industry standards to apply fair wages.

No Child Labor

We comply with local minimum age laws and do not employ child labor.

Voluntary Employment

We ensure that the terms of employment are voluntary. We do not use forced or compulsory labor.

Freedom of Association

We respect the right of our employees to freely participate in labor unions, or choose not to participate, and the right to collectively bargain, in accordance with local law.

Anti-Harassment

We prohibit ethnic, racial, religious, sexual or any other type of harassment. Examples of unacceptable practices include any behavior that is physical or verbal in nature that interferes with and obstructs performance in the workplace.

Any complaint of a human rights violation will be promptly investigated. Our internal mechanisms including the Business Help Line, the Business Code of Conduct Questionnaire and the Employee Survey help ensure human rights issues are identified and addressed.

Disclosures under  the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010  [Cal Civ Code §1714.43 (c)]

Baker Hughes promotes a culture of ethical and lawful behavior. We seek to ensure that our employees, our business partners’ employees and all people are treated with dignity and respect and that our products are made in a legally compliant manner each consistent with our Baker Hughes Business Code of Conduct. Moreover, we support universal human rights, as defined by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Baker Hughes is committed to adhering to those principles in the communities in which we operate and with our business partners. We monitor these commitments internally.


Employee Security

The safety of our staff and contractors is paramount. In some countries in which we operate, this means accepting protection from host country military which may include the army, police, gendarmerie or para-military. Baker Hughes' Enterprise Security and Crisis Management Guideline Working with Police or Armies states that for any security arrangements to be approved and accepted, they must foster human rights and be consistent with international standards of law enforcement.

In engaging the military to provide protection, the following principles apply:

  • We respect international laws and those of the host country, in spirit and letter.
  • We ensure that all staff and contractors apply the highest moral and ethical standards, particularly to human rights as documented in the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the OGP guide Firearms and the Use of Force. We endeavor to ensure that the security forces working with us are properly trained and operate within the framework of the principles.

Any report of a human rights and/or security violation will be promptly investigated. Our employee resources such as the Business Help Line, the Business Code of Conduct Questionnaire and the Employee Survey help ensure human rights issues are identified and addressed.

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Conflict Minerals

We are committed to the responsible sourcing of materials and components necessary to the production and functionality of the products that we manufacture.