Human rights and anti-discrimination
Human rights are fundamental rights and freedoms to which every individual is equally and inalienably entitled. While governments have the duty to protect the rights of citizens, we recognize human rights as a universal obligation to uphold and a principle core to Baker Hughes’s business practices everywhere we operate. As a member of the UN Global Compact, we are committed to communicating progress toward the Ten Principles and partnering across sectors to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Baker Hughes Human Rights Policy applies to all employees, business partners, vendors, suppliers, and contractors. This policy is informed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Baker Hughes Code of Conduct, supported by a framework of policies and guidelines, sets forth the expectations that we do what is right and safe, and considers the wellbeing of our people, customers, communities, and environment. We integrate rigorous onboarding,training, management, due diligence, and reporting systems to identify, prevent, mitigate, and take prompt corrective action to address compliance issues. Due diligence tools we rely on include, but are not limited to, legal and regulatory compliance reviews and supplier social audits. When adverse human rights impacts are uncovered due to our business activities or from linkages to our operations, we are committed to taking timely and transparent action to remediate in a fair and equitable manner. Grievance mechanisms are available for all individuals across our value chain, including our Ombuds process and our Baker Hughes Help Line, which is operated by an independent third party. The service is available 24 hours a day. Confidentiality is respected and individuals may choose to remain anonymous.
We commit to responsible business practices, high standards of integrity and ethical conduct, compliance with all applicable laws, and respect for the rights and dignity of all people. We respect internationally recognized human rights as expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights and the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. If there is a conflict between internationally recognized human rights and national laws, the company will follow processes that seek ways to honor the principles of international human rights.
We prohibit slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labor, human trafficking, and child labour—collectively “modern slavery.” (See our Modern Slavery Act Statement.)
We prohibit discrimination or harassment against any employee or applicant based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law (see our Fair Employment Practices Statement).
We are committed to providing a work environment free from all unlawful forms of harassment and bullying, including sexual harassment, and furthering workplace health and safety.
We respect the freedom of association and right to collective bargaining.
We commit to ensuring we are not complicit in human rights abuses or violations.
As part of our Ethical Supply Chain Program, we engage with businesses that share our high standards of integrity and compliance and respect for human rights. The Supplier Integrity Guide governs all aspects of our relationships with suppliers, contractors, consortium partners, and consultants (collectively “suppliers”). The terms and conditions of our contracts with suppliers require that suppliers and subcontractors adhere to standards of conduct set out in our Supplier Integrity Guides. This is integral to our supply chain management.
Baker Hughes Enterprise Security team is committed to the security and safety of our people, assets, operations, and reputation while helping to ensure business activities are conducted in a manner that avoids adverse impact. Enterprise Security uses risk-based methodologies to safeguard Baker Hughes assets globally, including assessing and mitigating human rights risks when working with public and private security contractors. Our security personnel are trained in human rights policies or procedures.
We respect the human rights of local communities, including vulnerable, marginalized, and indigenous groups. Our businesses engage with communities, customers, local governments, and other key stakeholders to integrate local considerations into operational plans. In instances where local communities may be adversely impacted by our activities, our businesses are supported by functional teams and processes which work to manage and mitigate potential impacts on public well-being.
Human rights policy statement
Employees, suppliers, contractors, and consultants are encouraged to report any ethics or compliance matter without fear of retaliation. Baker Hughes makes available a number of resources and avenues for reporting so that concerns are reviewed and addressed, as described in our Ethics and Compliance Program.