Working responsibly

Contractors and suppliers

Strong relationships with our contractors, suppliers and partners are vital to our success. We seek to work with others who comply with legal requirements and act in line with our expectations, including those who are employed along the supply chain and the third parties who work on our sites.

Using contractors

Dependant on our work programmes and aligned with delivery of key projects and activities, our operational capability is supplemented by contractor and consultant resource as required.

We work with a small number of preferred partners to source high-quality and competitively priced expertise, services and equipment. Key to our success in this respect is the ability to build and maintain enduring relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

Assessing contracting services

Our rigorous contractor and supplier selection process assesses competency levels and management systems. At the tender stage, all potential contractors are provided with our Code of Ethics and they must agree to follow its requirements before working with us.

Contractors are assessed at the tendering stage for pre-activity readiness, and subsequently monitored and engaged during operations.

As a member of and subscriber to Achilles, we use two of its platforms – First Point Assessment Limited (FPAL) in the UK and JQS in Norway – as pre-selection tools when looking for potential contractors across the European oil and gas market. We are also supporting the development of a similar system in Senegal. The African Partner Pool, managed by NGO partner Invest in Africa (IIA), was launched in April 2019.

Read a case study about IIA in our Corporate Responsibility (CR) report

Using local suppliers

During exploration and appraisal activities, we often use contractors from international service companies. However, we continue to promote and use local service providers wherever we can, providing our high CR standards are met. Our stakeholders continue to have a significant interest in opportunities for local contracting services, which we know depends on available skills. Where locations have limited experience in oil and gas activities, it is important to build capacity in situ.