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Ipieca has developed membership principles for corporate and associate members as a new condition of membership, effective from 1 July 2022.

Setting sustainability expectations for members, the Ipieca Principles reinforce Ipieca’s role to inspire action and lead the global oil, gas and alternative energy industry through a sustainable energy transition.

The principles are grouped under the four pillars of Ipieca's 2021-2024 strategy, providing a shared ambition for members in support of Ipieca's vision.

The first principle under each pillar provides support for a United Nations convention or initiative, strengthening Ipieca's longstanding relationship and collaboration with the UN. The second principle under each pillar aims to advance the environmental and social performance of members’ operations.



Climate Action

1. Support the Paris Agreement and its aims.
2. Advance emissions reduction and innovation and enable adoption of low-carbon products and solutions across oil, gas and/or alternative energy.


Environmental responsibility

3. Support the aims of the UN Convention for Biological Diversity.
4. Responsibly manage operational impacts on the natural environment and ecosystem services.


Social performance

5. Support the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
6. Promote the health, wellbeing and social inclusion of workforces and local communities relating to operations, and contribute to the social and economic development of host communities and countries.


Integrating sustainability

7. Support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as embodied by the Sustainable Development Goals.
8. Integrate sustainability across activities, increase transparency and engage with key stakeholders.

  • Brian Sullivan - Ipieca Executive Director
  • Morten Mikkelsen - Ipieca Chair, Equinor
  • Brian Sullivan - Ipieca Executive Director

    'The Ipieca Principles reinforce our core role to engage with the United Nations and support the industry to advance environmental and social performance. They promote awareness and support for key UN agreements and principles, and signpost how members can and do make a positive contribution to progress through good practice. The Ipieca Principles are a major step forward for Ipieca and our membership.'

  • Morten Mikkelsen - Ipieca Chair, Equinor

    'The Ipieca Principles demonstrate Ipieca’s commitment to working with members and stakeholders to lead the industry through a sustainable energy transition. By setting expectations for members’ management approach in the areas of climate, nature, people and sustainability, and providing tangible actions to achieve them, Ipieca is inspiring action on our vision to advance the industry’s environmental and social performance and contribution to the energy transition in the context of sustainable development.'

A new condition of membership

The Ipieca Principles are a new condition of membership. Supporting the principles will become a requirement of membership for current and prospective Ipieca corporate and associate members, effective from 1 July 2022.

Under the conditions of Ipieca membership, members of Ipieca agree to:

  • Support the Ipieca Principles.
  • Support the Ipieca vision to improve performance and contribute to the energy transition in the context of sustainable development.
  • Support the objectives and work plan of Ipieca as approved by the General Committee. This includes but is not limited to, engaging in at least two groups.
  • Respect and value Ipieca's non-lobby status.
  • Comply with the Articles of Association of Ipieca.
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations, including on anti-trust, competition and sanctions, related to Ipieca’s activities and members participation.

Supporting the Ipieca Principles

Members demonstrate their support for the Ipieca Principles through their agreement to the conditions of Ipieca membership and their continued membership of Ipieca.

An accompanying list of Practical examples, useful resources and reference points has been developed to guide members through a range of voluntary actions to operationalise the Ipieca Principles. The applicability of the suggested actions to any particular company will be dependent on a company’s' own policies and procedures, applicable law, operating regions and other factors.