Community development

Genel’s community development efforts aim to help empower local community members and promote self-sustaining economic development. Initiatives highlight how oil and gas activity can have a positive direct impact on other economic sectors. By sponsoring economic development and training projects for local community members, Genel is demonstrating how the benefits of the energy sector can bolster a diversity of supplementary economic sectors that further generate employment opportunities.

By employing and buying locally whenever possible, and requiring that our contractors do the same, we can make an immediate difference to local families. In this regard, we have developed a Local Content Policy (LCP) and a Local Workforce Development Plan. Our LCP ensures that we localise our operations in accordance with our PSC obligations.

We also support local enterprises, including local vendors and suppliers in their efforts to develop capabilities in line with international oilfield standards and to hire locally as much as possible. For example, we have developed and implemented plans and strategies to improve the technical qualifications of local community-centred companies to support them through the tendering process. We have also promoted the Local Content Policy with 3C companies which has resulted in the increasing number of local hiring

Activities in Somaliland

In 2014 Genel, in partnership with the African Network for Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect-Somali Chapter (ANPPCAN-SOM), helped distribute over 3,750 Wonderbags to local women across 21 villages and three internally displaced peoples camps. In 2019 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Genel has once more partnered with ANPPCAN-SOM to fund the procurement and instalment of an oxygen plant with associated oxygen concentration machines and patient monitors at the Burao Regional Hospital that will allow for the on-site production of oxygen. This donation will continue to benefit the local community long after this pandemic has passed.

Sustainability stories



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