The support we receive from local communities—underpinned by strong and trusted relationships—forms the basis of our social license to operate, and is therefore integral to the success of our business activities.
Our engagement with local communities is guided by commitments within the INPEX Group Sustainability Principles. INPEX is committed to engaging widely with, and fairly and proactively disclosing company information to our stakeholders, including the communities in which we operate. We seek to build and maintain relationships with our stakeholders through open and transparent engagement.
The INPEX Group Human Rights Policy1 further outlines our pledge to recognize and respect the rights of people in communities who may be affected by our business activities, including the rights of indigenous peoples. In Australia, INPEX’s commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is set out in and implemented through the INPEX Reconciliation Action Plan2.
Our Human Rights and Health, Safety & Environment policies include commitments to avoid or minimize any adverse impacts of our business activities on the communities in which we operate. We conduct impact assessments as part of the development of our business activities and implement a variety of control measures during their conduct. We engage with stakeholders as part of these assessments—with findings integrated into our business plans—and provide forums for ongoing community engagement, community inquiries and grievance management.
Our business success relies on access to strong local industries and skilled personnel. We are pleased to support the economic development of our host countries, regions and communities by working closely with our stakeholders to support local employment and business opportunities, respectful of cultural diversity.
Further to the social and economic contributions generated through our core business operations, we engage in social investment activities to support local development priorities and community programs, with the goal of contributing to the sustainability, prosperity and vibrancy of our host communities.