Put simply, human rights are the basic freedoms that allow every human being to prosper and thrive. So, at NEOM, we believe in the importance of respecting human rights, as a fundamental aspect of our mission to become an ‘accelerator of human progress.’
Adhering, at a minimum, to all applicable local and international human rights laws and regulations (and go beyond these basic requirements by meeting best practice standards wherever we can)
Promoting and providing a healthy, safe, and secure working environment for all those working with us or for us, ensuring that this environment is respectful, inclusive and based on our Values, and paying particular attention to the rights of vulnerable groups, such as migrant workers
Making sure, at a minimum, that everyone working on our sites has a contract in line with basic international standards and receives all the benefits to which they are contractually entitled
Preventing human trafficking, child labor, and modern slavery from taking place in any form across our own business operations and supply chains
Respecting the rights of individuals whose data we hold in line with applicable privacy laws and regulations, such as the right to obtain copies of personal data and correct or erase personal data (see ‘Data privacy’ section)
Assessing our suppliers as needed for compliance with our labor protection requirements and working with our suppliers, where issues are identified, to help them improve
Monitoring our activities continuously for any new or developing human rights risks we need to be aware of, making sure we respond appropriately to any relevant risks identified
As NEOM representatives, we expect you to:
Live our Values and ensure that you treat everybody working with us with dignity, respect, and fairness in your daily working life
Understand our commitments to a healthy, safe, respectful, and inclusive working environment, and help us to address any activities or business decisions that go against them, by contacting your line manager, a member of the Compliance Department, or our Speak Up channel with any concerns that you may have
Help us to ensure our partners share our commitments, by assessing and monitoring them (as well as simply talking to them about our standards), if you are working in a related role
Wrong. We are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all those working on our sites. This includes third-party contractors. Where migrant workers are concerned, we need to pay particular attention to their working conditions, as they could be more vulnerable than others to mistreatment. If you feel that our commitments to a healthy and safe working environment are not being upheld by our partners, you need to let us know. You can do so by contacting your line manager, a member of the Compliance Department, or our Speak Up channel. If your job involves working alongside third parties regularly, you can also help us to ensure these partners share our human rights commitments, by communicating our standards regularly and helping them to improve.
NEOM is being designed with the future of the Earth in mind.
As we reach a critical moment in humanity’s mission to save the planet, NEOM has a unique opportunity to redesign how we think about our ability to achieve this goal. We need to put this responsibility toward the planet at the forefront of our daily decision-making and working lives. Our environmental targets are ambitious. This means that we will need your support and engagement in order to help us achieve them.
Recognizing and preserving the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment for all those living and working with us
Working to reduce our emissions, achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, and becoming climate positive thereafter, by removing from the atmosphere more emissions than we produce
Creating the world’s first large-scale 100% renewable energy system, to serve the energy needs of NEOM’s residents and industries using entirely renewable resources
Leading globally in conservation, designating 95% of our marine and land territory as protected areas
Striving for net positive biodiversity, by rewilding our local habitats with native plants and animals
Striving to establish a circular water supply to serve NEOM’s communities and industries, with zero liquid discharge into our marine environment
Retaining the value of our resources by establishing a ‘circular economy’ based on reusing key materials and eliminating waste
Aiming to ensure that we do not exceed the equivalent of 1 Earth per capita* in the environmental footprint of our residents
Creating world-class outreach programs to inspire responsible consumption, reaching 100% of our population per year by 2030
Embedding sustainability into every facet of our development, from concept through to delivery, by aiming to ensure that 100% of developments are built to NEOM’s standards of sustainable design
Ensuring our partners understand these commitments and share our goals
*‘Earth per capita’ is used to define an individual’s environmental footprint. It indicates the number of Planet Earths it would take to support the impact of humanity as a whole if everyone lived like that individual.
As NEOM representatives, we expect you to:
First, do no harm. Take pride in our environmental commitments and avoid any personal actions or business decisions that could impact negatively on the planet
Ensure you understand, align with, and act as champions for our environmental commitments in your daily life as an employee and citizen of NEOM – it’s the only way that we will be able to make them a reality
Remember that one of our Values is to ‘Care’ for the environment, leave it in a better place for future generations, and value all forms of life
Help us to protect our environmental commitments, by speaking up if you notice any behaviors or business decisions that go against them
Help us to identify any changes in our working procedures that could serve to make a more positive impact on the environment
Regularly communicate our environmental commitments and expectations to third parties, to help ensure that our partners understand and share our goals
For NEOM, stakeholder relationships are the foundation of our success. It is therefore essential that both existing and emerging communities in the NEOM region are treated with respect. While paving the way to a new age, we are fully conscious of our obligations toward the region’s traditions and culture.
Ensure that you do not share personal views from your social media account that could appear to be expressed on behalf of the company
Seek approval from the Marketing and Communication Department if you are unsure about using NEOM-related content on your personal social media channel
Remember when using social media that you are an ambassador for NEOM, and you should not make any public statements that could cause damage to our reputation
Never disclose any of NEOM’s confidential information when posting online
Politely decline any approaches from the press, and refer them to the Marketing and Communication Department, unless you have prior authorization to communicate with media outlets on our behalf
Seek approval from the Marketing and Communication Department, and the Compliance Department, before accepting any speaking engagements
Talk to us
Talk to us. If you are unsure of how to speak about NEOM publicly, contact your manager, or an appropriate senior colleague in our Marketing and Communication Department. For social media content queries, email the Social Media team at [email protected].