Modern Slavery Statement

TGS 2019 Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement

Introduction

This board-approved statement relates to the financial year ending 31 December 2019 and is published by TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA[1] on behalf of itself and its subsidiaries in compliance with the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

As noted in our Statement of Values, TGS will not use or support child labour or slavery in any of our offices or operations. TGS also works with contractors and vendors to ensure that field and seismic vessel operators abide by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that they do not use or support child labour or slavery in their operations for TGS. 

TGS' structure, its business and its supply chains

TGS provides global subsurface data products and services to the energy industry through investments in multi-client data projects in frontier, emerging and mature markets worldwide. Our extensive onshore and offshore libraries include seismic data, magnetic and gravity data, multibeam and coring data, digital well logs and production data from deep water offshore to conventional and unconventional onshore plays worldwide. Additionally, we offer advanced processing and imaging services, interpretation products and data integration solutions.

TGS' corporate headquarters are located in Asker, Norway and its operational headquarters are in Houston, USA. We have other main offices in Calgary, London and Perth with employees also in other cities around the globe.

TGS sets policies at the group level and are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or child labour used in its operations or by its supply chain.  TGS works with a small pool of suppliers, which are subject to detailed due diligence, and our workforce is made up of employees who are highly skilled and highly trained.

TGS' policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking

TGS’ Statement of Values and Code of Conduct, define the expectations of ethical behaviour that is expected of TGS’ board of directors, employees, vendors and suppliers. TGS embraces diversity and equality in its workforce and suppliers, abides by labour and employment laws, ensure safe and healthy working environments, and has zero tolerance for corruption and bribery.

TGS will not use or support child labour or slavery in any of its offices or operations.  We ensure responsible labour practices for our employees and endeavour to work with our business partners and suppliers who share and value this principle in their operations. 

TGS remains committed to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and undertake to operate in recognition of the freedom, the rights, the dignity and the worth of the human person and promotion of equality irrespective of gender, race or religion.  As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, TGS incorporate into its strategy, culture, and operations the principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

TGS provides multiple avenues for TGS’ internal and external stakeholders to report potential non-compliance with the law or TGS’ Code of Conduct, including through the TGS hotline, which allows for anonymous reporting, directly to the Compliance department or indirectly through his or her manager.  TGS prohibits retaliation and investigates all potential violations of the law or the Code of Conduct.  

TGS' due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in the business and the supply chains

TGS expects its partners and third parties (suppliers, vendors, agents and consultants) to share its commitment to ethical, lawful conduct, and takes a zero-tolerance position with third parties who fail to understand and abide by their compliance obligations.  This includes conducting risk-based due diligence on partner and third-party relationships, including understanding their ownership structure, directors, business relationships and reviewing their human rights and modern slavery policies and procedures, and incorporating necessary compliance provisions in the agreements.

Identifying and managing the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place

Our work relies on specialist highly-skilled employees, who are required to comply with TGS’ Statement of Values and Code of Conduct.  Further, we make clear to all employees, suppliers and agents that TGS has a zero tolerance to modern slavery or human trafficking.

Looking to the Future

We are constantly working to understand the risks of modern slavery associated with our industry and improving or processes and policies.  We will strengthen these policies, procedures and practices by developing a specific human rights and modern slavery policy and provide human rights and modern slavery training to our workforce.  We will continue to work with our third parties and industry to eradicate human rights abuses by developing a more robust due diligence approach for suppliers that specifically addresses modern slavery and also require suppliers to certify their compliance with our supplier code of conduct and include contract provisions in our supplier agreements that address modern slavery.

 

BOD-Signatures-2019-Hank-Hamilton_Henry H. Hamilton III

Hank Hamilton
Chairman of the Board – TGS

 

[1] Subsidiaries of TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA covered by this statement include, without limitation, TGS Geophysical Company (UK) Ltd., TGS Geophysical Investments Ltd., and Spectrum Geo Ltd.