Human rights


At Sasol we acknowledge our responsibility to respect human rights, and to avoid complicity in human rights abuses throughout our operations and in our relationships with our service providers, suppliers and communities. Our policy on respecting human rights is incorporated in our Code of Ethics. The policy, which applies globally to all our employees and to all our service providers, defines our commitment to respecting human rights as set out in the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.


We conduct periodic human rights due diligence reviews of our activities and new business opportunities with the aim of avoiding adverse human rights impacts on our workforce, service providers and the communities in which we operate. We aim to make a positive and constructive contribution to the reduction and elimination of human rights abuses within our sphere of influence, and expect our suppliers, service providers, partners and customers to uphold the same standards.

Due to the nature, location and scale of our activities, our commitment to respecting human rights extends to:

  • non-discrimination and respect of diversity;
  • freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining;
  • the right to a safe and healthy working environment;
  • the prohibition of forced and child labour;
  • establishing fair and competitive wages and benefits;
  • respecting the rights of our local communities;
  • security arrangements;
  • protecting the environment; and
  • managing our supply chain.

We prohibit all forms of forced or compulsory labour within our operations. We do not tolerate the use of child labour and ensure that all our employees are above the legal employment age in the country of their employment. When operating in areas or countries with high levels of conflict, poor human rights records or weak governance or conflict, we strive to follow the principles outlined in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Where national law conflicts with any of the human rights principles that we have committed to, we will respect the national law, while striving to honour the spirit of international principles such as the International Labour Organization Conventions.

Our Executive Vice President: Advisory and Assurance is responsible for the day-to-day human rights function and resources.


  • We evaluate all our investment decisions against the Sasol Code of Ethics in terms of the countries where we may invest, or the partners with whom we may consider doing business.
  • Country-risk assessments are performed before entering any given country. These assessments include screening for potential human rights noncompliance or violations.
  • As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), we have again published an annual Communication on Progress reviewing our performance against each of the 10 UNGC principles, including the principles on human rights.
For more information refer to our UNGC COP.

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Integrated Report
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Sustainability Reporting
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