In the regions in which it operates, the Group contributes to developing employment at local level and plays a part in regional development. In terms of sustainable development, the Group is committed, both contractually, alongside national governments, to local development programmes, and on its own initiative, by being involved in projects identified by its subsidiaries.
The Group takes a proactive approach to local employment. Between 2010 and 2014, the Group created 1,291 temporary and 99 permanent jobs in Gabon.
The policies with regard to local communities are developed with at Group subsidiary level and adapted to the countries in which they operate. In Colombia, Peru, Gabon and Tanzania, staff include a dedicated team to manage relations with the communities living near the sites.
In Gabon, the Group’s subsidiary contributes to the Local Communities Development Fund, which was created in 2010. The annual donation to the fund was US$1.2 million in 2015. The fund is administered by a four-party commission that consists of the Directorate-General for Hydrocarbons, Maurel & Prom Gabon, the local administrative authority and community representatives. In practice, the fund identifies programmes at local level, ensures their implementation and monitors them.
In addition to its contractual obligations, Maurel & Prom Gabon provides aid and assistance to populations, non-governmental organisations, and administrative and local authorities