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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Sustainability is one of the cornerstones in Beerenberg’s strategy. We believe our expertise from the oil and gas industry is the key to sustainable development and work systematically to reduce our impact in the environment in which we operate. As society moves faster towards more sustainable solutions, we aim to be a partner on that journey. Through our focus on finding sustainable solutions, we will continue to improve safety performance, drive operational excellence, implement cost improvements and strategic growth initiatives.

Our core values are part of our sustainability strategy, and will guide the way we create value for the company, customers and society in general. We shall be inclusive towards individuals, other companies and society as a whole. An open and accommodating attitude shall prevail throughout the group. Our ability to be innovative will help safeguard our own future, improve conditions for the local environment and generally help create positive social development. A responsible attitude shall prevail at the company at all levels and in all contexts.

In line with this, the Beerenberg group is committed to conduct our business in line with established sustainability targets, as part of the society in which we operate. We will also provide information on matters relating to the environment, social issues, the working environment, equality and non-discrimination, respect for human rights, and anti-corruption and bribery – in line with United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our key ESG KPIs and performance are available in our quarterly and annual reports

Arild Apelthun, CEO 

Business Ethics

  1. Our ethical guidelines

    The Beerenberg group’s ethical guidelines are designed to ensure that we are acting in compliance with the company’s values and principles, in terms of both business practices and personal conduct.

    The ethical guidelines contain practical guidance for Beerenberg executives and employees in a number of areas such as fair competition, anti-corruption, personal conduct, human rights, encouragement of and procedures for whistle-blowing. The guidelines are revised annually and adopted by the group’s executive bodies.

  2. Training and awareness

    Ensuring that our employees are familiar with national and international rules and hold the right attitudes is the very key to Beerenberg’s ethical stance.

    Different cultures may have different views on what constitutes correct ethical conduct. Beerenberg focuses on communicating the company’s values and provide training to employees in ethics and human rights through the company’s training program. This includes both e-learning and other tailormade activities such as courses and dilemma training.

    Ethics are also discussed at the in HSE meetings of the operational business and promoted by “leading by example” throughout the organization. Annual goals are measured and reported, as part of our ESG reporting regime.

  3. Alerting concerns

    Beerenberg aims to be a transparent workplace with a culture of asking questions. We encourage to speak up and notify about potential unacceptable practice. A whistle-blowing regime has been implemented to ensure compliance with the ethical guidelines. The system has channels for alerting anonymously to external and independent third parties. 

Human Rights

  1. Respecting human rights

    Our commitment
    It is important for us to pay close attention to the health, wellbeing and rights of everyone our business touches.

    Human rights are fundamental rights for all humans in the world. Beerenberg may affect human rights through its role as employer, supplier, procurer and in the society in general. 

    Respecting human rights is essential for our license to operate as a company and these fundamental principles have been embedded in our corporate values, addition to our human rights policy adopted in 2020.

    We support and respect all internationally recognized human rights and shall contribute to protect those. We are committed to conduct our business in consistence with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact concerning human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and human rights. The human rights policy is integrated in the company’s values to be responsible and inclusive and in our Ethical Guidelines.

  2. How we work

    Continuous improvement
    Our human rights efforts are a journey where we strive for continuous improvement in our performance and behavior. Beerenberg will continuously work to strengthen its work to secure human rights and compliance with the  Norwegian Transparency Act.

    Risk based approach
    Risk management is an integrated part of our business processes and decisions. We assess actual and potential adverse impact to human rights and decent work conditions associated with our operations. Beerenberg is an industrial service provider mainly within oil and gas industry, with employees in several countries and many suppliers around the world. Labor, safety and health are considered potential key risks in our industry. We are applying external country ratings for assessment of human rights risk and performing adequate due diligence processes to prevent such risks.

    Beerenberg´s comprehensive supply chain is characterized by many suppliers and sub suppliers in several countries. We make priorities and measures in relation to our risk assessments. Suppliers involved in our primary business areas, such as insulation, surface protection and scaffolding will be prioritized. We will also focus on risks related to personnel suppliers, in regards to equal treatment and labor rights.

    Training and awareness
    Ensuring that our employees are familiar with national and international rules and hold the right attitudes is the very key to Beerenberg’s ethical stance. Different cultures may have different views on what constitutes correct ethical conduct. Beerenberg focuses on communicating the company’s values and provide training to employees in ethics and human rights through the company’s training program. This includes both e-learning and other tailormade activities such as courses and dilemma training. Ethics are also discussed at the in HSE meetings of the operational business and promoted by “leading by example” throughout the organization. Annual goals are measured and reported, as part of our ESG reporting regime.

    Reporting
    Beerenberg has included ESG KPIs and performance in annual and quarterly reports: Investor Relations (beerenberg.com).

  3. Focus areas

    Beerenberg’s human rights policy tells us how to behave to ensure that we respect human rights, as well as setting out what we expect from our suppliers and other business partners. Below are the main priority areas we have identified in our policy.

    • Safe and secure working conditions
      Ensuring the safety and security of everyone working for Beerenberg is a prerequisite for everything we do. Our skilled employees deliver high-quality work for our customers in ever-changing conditions around the world, and it is our responsibility to keep them safe. Our health, safety, and environmental initiatives are embedded in a zero accidents philosophy, with HSE as an integrated element in all parts of our business.
    • Supplier engagement
      Recognizing the critical role our suppliers play in helping us realizing our strategy, we are committed to engage our suppliers in the human rights commitment. Suppliers wanting to do business with Beerenberg, should maintain high standards for health, safety and security, as well as having an approach to human rights consistent with the goals of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.

      As our own performance evolves, we also expect our suppliers to advance their human rights efforts over time. In these efforts, we expect our suppliers to engage their respective supply chains, and pay special attention to those vulnerable to adverse human rights impact. We also expect our suppliers to be transparent in their efforts to enhance learning and improvement for all parties. Since 2020, Beerenberg has focused on implementing human rights in the supply chain. In 2022 we are implementing risk-based measures and aim to increase the proportion of suppliers who has signed a declaration of ethical guidelines and human rights. In return, we commit ourselves to be an open, accessible and responsive business partner.

    • Treat all with respect
      Beerenberg works to ensure treating those working for us and those impacted by our operations fairly and without discrimination.

      Our core values ​​are part of our sustainability strategy, and will guide the way we create value for the company, customers and society in general. We shall be inclusive towards individuals, other companies and society as a whole. An open and accommodating attitude shall prevail throughout the group. Our ability to be innovative will help safeguard our own future, improve conditions for the local environment and generally help create positive social development. A responsible attitude shall prevail at the company at all levels and in all contexts. Beerenberg's leadership development programs also highlights communications and cultural understanding as important leadership qualities.

  4. Feedback

    Raise a concern
    Working with partners and suppliers Beerenberg follows up and supports the management of risks and performance related to safety, security, ethics, integrity and sustainability. This also includes following up climate- and human rights related issues. We also require our suppliers to maintain high standards for health, safety, security, anti-corruption and environmental performance, and to have an approach to human rights consistent with the goals of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 

    For questions and concerns regarding human rights and the Transparency Act, please contact communications@beerenberg.com.

  5. Human Rights Policy

    Human rights are fundamental rights for all humans in the world. Beerenberg may affect human rights through its role as employer, supplier, procurer and in the society in general.

    Beerenberg supports and respects all internationally recognized human rights and shall contribute to the protection of human rights. Beerenberg is committed to conduct its business in compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact concerning human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. This includes:

    • Respect for the freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
      Beerenberg respects the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining and to form trade unions.
    • Prevent modern slavery and forced labour
      Beerenberg is against all forms for human trafficking and forced labour. No one shall perform work for Beerenberg unless it is voluntary, based on true and transparent conditions without any form for mental, physical, financial coercion or threat of any penalty or sanctions.
    • Avoid use of child labour
      Beerenberg does not employ persons below 15 years or higher if mandatory law requires other higher minimum age. For persons under 18 years Beerenberg shall secure that they do not perform hazardous work or work that may interfere with their mandatory schooling.
    • Treat all with respect
      Beerenberg does not tolerate any form of discrimination based on the ground of for example gender, race, skin colour, religion, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, political view, union membership, nationality, health status, disability or age.

    Beerenberg’s human rights policy is embedded in the company’s values to be responsible and inclusive, and in our sustainability strategy.

    Beerenberg performs risk based due diligence to identify and assess adverse impact on fundamental human rights and decent working conditions. We implement suitable measures to cease, prevent and mitigate any adverse impact. If we have caused or contributed to adverse human rights, we will provide for or co-operate in remediation and compensation.

    Beerenberg’s focus areas are safe, healthy and secure working conditions and a responsible supply chain.

    Beerenberg requires that all suppliers respect the human rights policy. This is part of the company’s qualifications of and follow-up scheme of suppliers.

    Human rights are part of in the company’s ethical guidelines and applies to all employees, hired personnel, consultants or other who conduct business on behalf of Beerenberg. Beerenberg requires that they shall comply with the ethical guidelines and gives training to ensure such compliance. 

    Beerenberg will continuously work to strengthen its work to secure human rights and we aim to be transparent.

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