Environment & Social

We are committed to ensuring our operations should be safe for employees, contractors, neighbouring communities and the environment.

E&S beliefs

Environment & social (E&S) is an integral business consideration. Vitol’s E&S framework sets out our beliefs and requirements. We expect all the companies in which we are invested to follow these or similar standards.


Our operations should be safe for employees, (sub)contractors, neighbouring communities and the environment – we commit to ensuring E&S considerations are integral to our business.


We aim for a zero-harm approach – we commit to reporting, investigating and learning from incidents and near misses.


We recognize the importance and fragility of the environment – we commit to seeking to minimise our impact on the environment through upholding high E&S standards.

Risk-based approach

A risk-based approach is the most suitable to manage the complex environments and geographies in which we operate – we commit to implementing this rigorously.


All our operations should be compliant with the applicable legislative and regulatory regimes – we commit to support this, as well as our E&S framework, through ensuring the appropriate processes, resources and systems are in place.

Human rights

We are committed to respecting all internationally recognized human rights – we will seek to conduct our business in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, whilst striving to improve year on year.

Monitoring and tracking

We must monitor our performance and continuously try to do better – we commit to monitoring, tracking and disclosing our performance as well as raising targets and using auditing to improve our E&S performance.


We recognise the importance of communication and transparency – and commit to communicating appropriately with all key stakeholders.


Responsibility is core to Vitol’s culture – we commit to assuming responsibility for our actions as individuals, as a team and as a corporate group.

E&S strategy

Six pillars of activity

Vitol’s E&S strategy is based upon six pillars of activity. Each pillar has clearly defined objectives to ensure the business’s E&S performance improves continuously.


E&S performance is routinely reviewed by the board. All investments above a certain threshold are expected to report detailed E&S data which is monitored and evaluated by the E&S team. Additional oversight is provided at the asset board level where any Vitol representatives are expected to represent the need for industry leading standards of E&S. They are supported in this by the E&S team.


Human rights

Human rights are an integral part of the Vitol’s ESG approach and risk management framework, with a particular focus on three UN SDGs: Decent work and economic growth, Reduced inequalities and Peace, justice and strong institutions. Human rights risks across the business are assessed, in close collaboration with compliance and other areas of the business. Potential impacts are mapped and the appropriate procedures and controls are developed.

Energy transition

We have a solid climate risk governance framework with effective and robust controls commensurate to the nature, scale and complexity of the risks we fact through our investments and as part of our operations and trading activities. The four core objectives are: measure GHG footprint and develop internal carbon reduction incentives, reduction of current footprint, grow low-carbon opportunities, report and communicate

Education and training

The E&S team work continuously with current and newly acquired businesses to implement and embed the E&S framework, acting as a sounding board for our investment companies. Within Vitol, E&S provides tailored ESG related training to employees and new joiners.

Risk management

A risk-based E&S audit programme is implemented across all investments, with assets being assessed against the E&S framework and a bespoke audit protocol which takes into account location, asset complicity, geographic profile and risk. In addition to regular audits, sperate human rights reviews are undertaken and asset-wide performance tracked on the risk register.


Vitol has more than 40 KPIs covering human resources, personal safety, process safety, environment, auditing, human rights, security and community topics. We do not differentiate between investment based on operational control and all investments with operational activities must report the relevant E&S KPIs, regardless of size of Vitol’s shareholding.

Vitol in focus

Gerard Delsad, CIO

'ESG is about doing business in the right way'
Watch our interview with Gerard Delsad, one of the founding members of our ESG committee on how we seek to embed ESG principles in all our investments.

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