Engaging with local communities

Wherever we work, we are committed to being a good corporate citizen and we believe the local communities we work in should benefit from our presence, and be healthier, more prosperous and engaged with our work.

Often, we have a contractual or regulatory obligation to manage the impact our business may have on local communities. Across the Company, we also encourage a culture of active community engagement, and support many related initiatives.

Performance and priorities




Implement and embed social programmes prioritised by communities in our projects in Oman, India and Thailand  - Social programmes in Oman have focused on building capacity within local suppliers and service companies. In Thailand a community affairs management plan was implemented to minimise
the impact of construction activities on local communities adjacent to our Thai Oil project
- In India, 205 young people from disadvantaged communities commenced the PanIIT Alumni Reach (PARFI) vocational training programme, with 159 enrolling in paid apprenticeships
- Place the remaining 46 enrolled PARFI candidates in
paid apprenticeships
- Initiate PARFI vocational training programmes for a further 200 young people
- Undertake social performance reviews of programmes launched in 2019 to assess their effectiveness
Support municipalities in Tabasco State (Mexico) to establish and fund their own Municipal Development Plans and promote greater local capability in community development We worked jointly with the Tabasco State municipality to develop community plans. Petrofac then contributed US$600,000 to the agreed programme, matched by a $250,000 investment from local government and communities - Develop mechanisms in collaboration with stakeholders
to address and resolve legacy social issues
- Effective handover of social programmes as part of the agreed sale of our Mexican assets
Extend the use of remote sensing technology to further combat vandalism in Mexico The use of drones and remote sensing technology was extended, contributing to a 44% reduction in volume of oil spills due to vandalism and other security incidents  
Effective handover of social investment programmes as part of the completion of the Chergui asset sale A phased handover was successfully completed to Perenco, with all stakeholders informed of the new operating arrangements  
Raise awareness of the revised social investment guidance and align initiatives across the Group Social performance awareness sessions were run in India and Oman Embed social performance awareness across projects and incorporate requirements into corporate assurance process
Incorporate due diligence screening into our compliance portal for all third parties undertaking social investment projects An operational delay to the planned upgrade of the compliance portal led to delays in testing the new due diligence screening module Finalise user acceptance tests and roll-out of social investment due diligence screening module


Social Performance Framework

Our Social Performance Framework governs the way we approach community engagement. It consists of our Social Performance Standard and a set of guidelines, which enable us to meet the commitments set out in the Petrofac Ethical, Social and Regulatory Policy.

Engaging with local communities

We continue to enhance the coherence, consistency and efficiency of our approach, to raise the profile of community engagement issues across the Group, and incorporate them into our wider business processes. For example, our community engagement approach and credentials play an increasingly prominent role in the bidding process.

Our community engagement initiatives fall into two main categories:

  • Community development
    Where our operations are located close to local communities, we generally work with stakeholders to plan and implement initiatives that will benefit local people, such as skills training, creating opportunities for local labour, and investing in local supply chains.
  • Strategic corporate giving 
    Across the Group, we support community-based initiatives, with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Our social investment also targets improving access to education and the employability of people from marginalised groups within society, including promoting gender diversity and inclusion

US$2.5m spent on social investments in 2019


To understand more about our social investment programmes in different countries, read our 2019 Annual Report:

We strive to make a positive difference in our communities, and through supporting local groups and encouraging the involvement of our employees, we believe by working together we achieve more.

Greg Ross, Head of Sustainability

Petrofac communities