Due to the size and scale of our company, as well as the nature of our business, ConocoPhillips stakeholders have unique and evolving expectations.
We proactively engage with our stakeholders to understand their expectations of us, and then incorporate what we learn into our business plans and actions. This process fosters an environment of trust and mutual respect. Through working with industry associations and participation in multi-sector forums we’re gaining diverse and valuable perspectives as we continuously improve our engagement with stakeholders.
ConocoPhillips' stakeholder engagement activities are an integral part of our sustainable development commitments.
This approach is embedded in our SPIRIT Value of Integrity, which states that we are ethical and trustworthy in our relationships with stakeholders. Our Principles for Effective Non-Financial Stakeholder Engagement expands upon the value of Integrity to provide additional guidance on how we can build those relationships. In our principles, we commit to:
- Proactively identify and seek out key stakeholders early in the business endeavor.
- Include these key stakeholders in the design and implementation of the engagement process.
- Listen in order to understand stakeholders’ interests, concerns and culture.
- Communicate openly.
- Seek solutions that create mutually beneficial business and engagement approaches that also build long-term value for both the company and our stakeholders.
- Follow through on our commitments and stand accountable for the results, both internally and externally.
ConocoPhillips is committed to working together with all of our stakeholders in Timor-Leste to develop sustainable economic and community initiatives. This includes training and employment opportunities, the purchase of local goods and services wherever possible, and supporting local community investment programs. We are proud of our role in forging relationships that are not limited to our performance as an oil and gas producer, and will ensure that ConocoPhillips makes a lasting contribution in Timor-Leste.
In preparation for exploration activity and in support of regulatory requirements set by the federal regulator, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA), ConocoPhillips actively consults with a broad range of stakeholders. Our consultation involves a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process systematically managed to ensure we identify relevant impacted stakeholders, understand their issues, communicate and consult regarding our plans and have a tracking system to record all communications, responses and follow up.
The range of stakeholders for ConocoPhillips current offshore exploration includes Western Australian and Northern Territorian fishing operators, prawn fisheries, port authorities, government agencies, seafood industry associations, and marine research and community organisations. The consultation is backed by detailed environmental and oil spill contingency plans, outlining our commitments to environmental management and responsible, safe offshore exploration.
Onshore Exploration - Coal Seam Gas
ConocoPhillips has supported industry efforts through the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association of Australia (APPEA) to explain the technology, safe practices and environmental protection associated with coal seam and shale gas. Specific aims of this outreach have been to engage stakeholders and address their concerns. Stakeholders engagements include farming industry associations, communities in regional Queensland and Western Australia, government agencies and Indigenous Traditional Owners.
To support our investment in the Australia Pacific LNG Project in Queensland, we work with joint venturer Origin Energy (operator for the coal seam gas production) to engage with regional landholders, residents and rural communities. Click here for more information on Australia Pacific LNG community engagement. We also engage with Queensland government agencies and farming associations to build better relationships and understanding of coal seam gas.
The Gladstone Region LNG Community Consultative Committee Case Study
As the downstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, ConocoPhillips has stringent conditions imposed to the management and mitigation of social impacts. As part of project approvals, ConocoPhillips was conditioned to facilitate a consultative stakeholder group to provide two-way information sharing between the Gladstone community and the organisation. In Gladstone, ConocoPhillips worked with other LNG companies to form a collaborative committee.
Our investment in the community is driven by relationships, whether this be with our employees, our stakeholders or the communities in which we live and work. To build these relationships we work with charitable organisations to identify community needs, and to deliver strategic programs that meet these needs, and support our business outcomes. ConocoPhillips invests in community programs through charitable contributions, community engagement, sponsorships, volunteering and community infrastructure.
We also invest in community programs through our joint ventures, and as part of our project commitments to address environmental and social impacts.