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Human rights

Sasol makes a positive contribution towards a wide range of human rights goals, while balancing our responsibility to mitigate the human rights related risks that our activities may pose to others.
Accountability for Business and Human Rights in Sasol

Accountability for BHR resides with the Executive Director and EVP: Advisory, Assurance and Supply Chain with the SVP: Corporate Advisory and Disclosure Enablement designated to  take responsibility for the day-to-day activities acting as a Human Rights Centre of Expertise.
Meeting our human rights commitments 

We are committed, in terms of our Human Rights Policy, to respect, uphold and protect human rights in all our operations, and conducting business based on fair, lawful, efficient and transparent practices. This policy is applicable to all employees, non-permanent employees and service providers to Sasol Limited and its subsidiaries.

Our Code of Conduct also outlines the human rights commitments applicable to our people, as well as our stakeholders including our business partners and service providers.

We are developing a human rights-related risk profile to identify and remediate potential adverse human rights impacts as well as impacts we have caused or to which we have contributed. The risk based approach further embeds human rights risk management in our group-wide Enterprise Risk Management Programme.   

The Business and Human Rights Framework and road map was approved by the Safety, Social and Ethics Committee to ensure that Sasol’s human rights performance is, to the extent appropriate for Sasol, aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, improve our disclosures in the near-term, as well as to address identified gaps

Due to the nature, location and scale of our activities Sasol has prioritised the following as the most prevalent human rights issues:  

  • Respecting diversity
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Safe, secure and healthy work environments
  • Fair and competitive conditions of employment
  • Rights of fence line communities and indigenous people
  • Human rights in Supply Chain
  • Responsible management of environmental footprint
  • Stakeholder engagement and collaboration

Sustainability focus

Sasol’s sustainability focus is premised on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and focuses on four SDGs as part of our sustainability approach. The non-focus SDGs are supported through existing business activities and initiatives.

Reporting to the applicable governance structures includes, among others, Sasol’s performance in respect of its commitments to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, in line with our commitment to maintaining safe, secure and healthy working environments and conditions that do not infringe on human rights, stakeholder collaboration and human resource matters.  
Grievance Mechanisms

The Sasol Group Ethics Office is the custodian of Sasol’s anonymous international whistleblowing facility, which is available to all employees and stakeholders, to report any actual or suspected unethical conduct, without fear of adverse consequences. The EthicsLine is available in a number of local languages in the areas where we operate. 

A 24 hour toll free hotline is also in place at various Operations sites, for the reporting of nuisance odours and other environmental concerns by employees, communities and neighbouring industries.

We encourage you to utilise these mechanisms to report perceived human rights infringements for our further attention.