The people who may be impacted by our operations are one of our most important stakeholder groups, and we are keen to give them the opportunity to have their say about our activities.
We engage with local communities on issues including employment, community development, safeguarding the environment and livelihoods; using methods such as consultation meetings as part of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), media briefings and public meetings. In Senegal, formal discussions have also been held with the regulators, National Technical Committee members, and regional and district authorities to discuss the performance of the previous operations and the proposed 2017 activities.
Our operated and non-operated assets are principally based offshore. As such, the potential for our activities to impact negatively on local communities is limited.
However, we recognised the potential for our activities to limit the ability of local fishermen to exploit the waters in which we work, through the short-term (typically one to two months) exclusion of fishing vessels from the waters (500 metres) around our drilling rigs. We worked with local fishermen to minimise disruption through communication of our day-to-day and forward operations, and implemented a mechanism whereby they were able to provide us with feedback (see Grievances on our Human rights page). In addition, and as part of the development of our Impact Benefit Plan in Senegal (see Cairn in Senegal), we worked with The Hunger Project to engage with and identify specific challenges facing fishermen along coastal areas closest to our operations.
Managing social risks
We have recognised for some time that the effective management of social risks is critical to sound project development. To guide our approach to managing social risks, we have adopted a six-stage process, as illustrated below.
We assess potential social risks for all new major projects. Where challenging issues such as land acquisition, resettlement, water use, human rights, security and potential or perceived impacts on livelihoods are involved, we consult extensively with key stakeholders. This engagement helps us to identify and assess potential social impacts and utilise local knowledge in the formulation of plans to manage these impacts. Through this open process, we look to maximise shared economic and social benefits and forge strong ties with communities, government and business partners to lay the foundations for long-lasting relationships.
- We will improve opportunities for local participation in the Senegal project and development of our local employees
- We will complete our CR brochure for Senegal