Social Responsibility Programme Overview
Social Responsibility Theme at the 21st WPC:
"Earning a Social License to Operate"
Understanding and managing societal expectations in resource extraction is key to establishing positive working relations with communities and the bodies that govern them. It has often been said that while Governments grant permits, it is the community that gives permission, and ultimately a social license to operate.
Social responsibility has evolved to be much more than just “doing good”. Today it must seek to inform, involve and inspire stakeholders and those impacted, in order to make them advocates and partners in the development and ongoing operations of our industry.
The Congress will explore how best to integrate social responsibility as part of the overall business strategy, opening new doors to exciting opportunities when used effectively.
CSR Programme at 21st WPC
- Special Session on Social Responsibility in the oil and gas industry
- “Global Village” Stand in the World Petroleum Exhibition
- WPC Excellence Awards for Social Responsibility
- Integration of SR issues throughout the Technical Programme
Promotion for 21st WPC SR Programme:
- Web site page and links
- Registration brochure and newsletters
- Official Programme
- Onsite 21st WPC Daily News
- With a section dedicated to “Social Responsibility”
- Email campaigns and E-Newsletters
21st WPC Programme: Earning a Social License to Operate
There are several sessions addressing Social Responsibility issues in the Technical Programme and the keynote sessions at the 21st WPC. Key ones include a Plenary and a Special Session on this topic:
The demand for energy around the world is undoubtedly growing. At the same time, there is increased attention at how resources are developed from the public. The need for energy, vital for economic development and progress, must be met while addressing environmental and social impacts associated with increasing demand for energy resources. Some of these challenges and expectations include minimizing operational footprint, HSE and risk management through operational excellence, corporate social responsibility, and changing public sentiment.
Plenary 6: Meeting Stakeholder Requirements: “License to Operate”
Wednesday 18th June 2014
B Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation, India (confirmed in principle: incoming CEO)
- Antonio Brufau, Chairman and CEO, Repsol, Spain
- Javier Gutierrez Pemberthy, CEO, Ecopetrol, Colombia
SP11 – Social Responsibility in the oil and gas industry: Earning a Social License to Operate
Wednesday 18th June 2014
Moderator: Dr. Randy Gossen, Past President, WPC, and Member of the Board, Bashneft, Canada
H.E. Dr. Esperança Laurinda Bias, Minister for Mineral Resources of Mozambique, Mozambique
Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director General, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
José Francisco Arata, President and Executive Director, Pacific Rubiales, Colombia
Brady Murphy, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Global BD, Halliburton, USA
Peter Bakker, President, WBCSD (invited)
The social impacts of oil and gas operations are also addressed in:
BLOCK 4: Sustainable Management of the Industry
sessions in other technical blocks including:
BPK1 - Management of Arctic and deep water mega projects
RT02 - What do we need for new geographic frontiers?
SR Exhibition Stand: Global Village
With Stand C11 in Hall 15 of the World Petroleum Exhibition 260 m2 have been allocated to promote industry approaches and activities on Social Responsibility. Adjoined to the WPC Youth Stand, the two areas benefit from a cross-over of topics and target audiences with many young people particularly interested in the CSR efforts of the industry. They will share an auditorium with seating for about 50 people and provide a wide choice of activities throughout the week as well as cafe facilities.
The “Social Responsibility Global Village” stand will provide a hub for networking with experts and interested stakeholders and will feature a host of activities, including presentations, interactive discussions, an industry survey, and a daily quest with prizes. Highlights will include the presentation of the winning projects from the WPC’s Excellence Awards for Social Responsibility and a celebration of IPIECA’s 40th Anniversary.
Coloured uplighters will guide visitors to the Global Village stand which will use the concept of “door openings” with a quest that leads to various hidden doors and windows (Door to Opportunity / Door to Partnering / Door to Understanding etc) in the project case studies that open up to reveal information or a small prize to increase interaction and further engagement with the issues.
Social Responsibility projects from the industry and their stakeholders will be presented in various formats at the stand: interactive presentations with video and power points via interactive touch screen monitors that contain doors and windows to further information and live presentations and discussions in the auditorium. They will cover the topics identified in the SR theme for the Congress and showcase how companies can earn a social license to operate.
Selected companies are invited to share their experiences and provide case studies of practical engagement and joint projects with local communities and other stakeholders.
Some of the topics to be covered:
- Impact of Arctic developments
- Capacity building and women
- Shale oil and gas / Fracking
- Protecting indigenous people and their habitats
- Onshore vs offshore challenges (eg fisheries / bio diversity)
- Environment and Water
- Fuel Poverty
Daily “SR Knowledge Tours” will take small groups on a guided tour around the World Petroleum Exhibition to meet with a number of companies for a 15 minute visit each and an overview of their Social Responsibility initiatives.
Awards: WPC Excellence Award for Social Responsibility
The WPC Excellence Awards (WPCEA) recognises companies, institutions or organisations (not individuals) engaged in the oil and gas industry for promoting or operating with high excellence standards in the areas of Technological Developments and Social Responsibility. The winners will be announced at the WPC Excellence Awards Ceremony on the first day of the Congress.
Any organization can submit their projects for consideration via the official nomination form at www.world-petroleum.org Projects will be assessed by an independent team of judges in two categories - majors / NOCs and SMEs - under the following criteria:
WPCEA on Social Responsibility
- Innovative and far-reaching health, safety & environment programmes.
- Commitment and involvement of management and employees.
- Development of mutually beneficial relations with communities.
- Wide applicability and reproducibility for the petroleum industry.
- Proved or clearly demonstrable long-term results.