IPIECA Human Rights Training Package

IPIECA Human Rights Training Package

Human Rights Training Toolkit – 2nd Edition

Introduction and Overview

The oil and gas industry operates in some of the most challenging places in the world, and can face complex human rights related issues.

The subject of human rights has risen rapidly on the oil and gas industry agenda. Recognizing the importance of this issue, IPIECA members developed this Training Toolkit to raise awareness of human rights issues in the oil and gas industry. The Toolkit is targeted at country managers, asset managers, business managers, and other personnel that would benefit from learning about human rights issues and the way in which human rights issues have potential implications for oil and gas operations.

The Training Toolkit provides managers with a template that can be used and adapted to conform to a company’s policy or position on human rights and applicable domestic laws and regulations. This Toolkit is not intended to be an in-depth instruction on how to conduct human rights training.

The Toolkit consists of four sections:

  1. A presentation with the key messages for use in a training session
  2. A workbook to be used in conjunction with the presentation
  3. A trainer’s manual
  4. A resource guide

Company representatives should review the trainer’s manual prior to using the Training Toolkit.

The trainer’s manual provides information on how to finalize the materials for a company’s specific purposes. For example:

  • Companies will want to customize the materials to reflect their organization’s policies and operations. More details on areas for customization are included in the ‘Getting Started’ section of the trainer’s manual.
  • TheToolkit is divided into topics, so that a company may extract a section that covers a specific issue of interest. Alternatively the training material may be presented in its entirety to provide a broad overview of human rights issues.
  • Human rights issues are complex. Often, there are not easy answers. Therefore, companies are encouraged to facilitate interactive sessions when using the training materials. Included in the appendix of the trainer’s manual are example dilemmas that can be used throughout the training sessions to foster discussion. Companies will want to use these dilemmas as a template, and substitute examples that best reflect their operations to help the material be most relevant to the trainee.

Feedback on the effectiveness of this Training Toolkit is welcome and encouraged, and can be submitted to:


Mail: IPIECA, 5th Floor, 209-215 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NL, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 207 633 2388

Fax: +44 (0) 207 633 2389


The International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) was founded in 1974 following the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). IPIECA provides one of the industry’s principal channels of communication with the United Nations.

IPIECA is the single global association representing both the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry on key global environmental and social issues. IPIECA’s programme takes full account of international developments in these issues, serving as a forum for discussion and cooperation involving industry and international organisations.

IPIECA’s aims are to develop and promote scientifically-sound, cost-effective, practical, socially and economically acceptable solutions to global environmental and social issues pertaining to the oil and gas industry. IPIECA is not a lobbying organisation, but provides a forum for encouraging continuous improvement of industry performance.


This Training Toolkit has been prepared on behalf of the IPIECA Social Responsibility Working Group by a dedicated Human Rights Task Force. Special thanks go to Dan Feldman and Gare Smith of Foley Hoag LLP attorneys at law who developed the technical content and also to Jayne Owen and Celia MacDonald of Proteus Change Management Ltd who gave insight from a training perspective.