We always seek to make a positive impact on society, managing risks and opportunities while respecting the rights, aspirations and concerns of local communities.
Engagement and managing social risks
Engagement with local communities, governments, business partners and other stakeholders is fundamental to identify, avoid or mitigate potential social risks.
We seek to make a positive contribution where we work by:
We use a combination of consultations, media briefings and public meetings to engage with local communities on issues including employment, community development, the environment and safeguarding livelihoods. We also establish grievance procedures for communities to raise concerns.
Social Investment in Suriname
In Suriname, we support a number of social investment projects, in conjunction with the state oil company Staatsolie. Under a Production Sharing Contract (PSC), we have committed to spend US$100,000 per calendar year on local social responsibility, community investment programmes or training for each phase of the project.
Having previously invested in much-needed IT and office equipment at the Institute for Natural Resources and Engineering Studies in the capital, Paramaribo, we are now assisting a community hub in the district of Coronie in the same way. The hub provides local students with a place to study, complete homework and improve their IT skills. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for March 2022.
Through an agreement with Suriname’s Anton de Kom University, we are engaged in the second phase of a mangrove rehabilitation project, designed to protect a section of coastline just north of Paramaribo that is particularly at risk from rising sea levels and erosion. Semipermeable sediment trapping units (STUs) enable mangroves to be re-established, further stabilising coastal land and supporting biodiversity. The first phase of the project, completed towards the end of 2021, involved the provision of STUs and the development of the site’s nursery facilities.
The second phase of this work with the university is being conducted in collaboration with an in-country international oil company. Together, we have committed to invest around US$150,000 over the next two years. The construction of further STUs is planned for this phase. The first instalment of phase 2, made in January 2022, will fund an air boat to move the building materials from the shore to the water, making STU construction more efficient. We will also support the project with remote sensing data and satellite imagery to monitor the rehabilitation over time, and help inform decisions about future mangrove planting.
Both projects were visited by a small team from Capricorn in December 2021.