COMMUNITY KEY TO OIL SEARCH’S APPROACH IN PNG
Oil Search’s Managing Director Peter Botten argues that the company has developed a business ethic that has both a financial dimension—getting an appropriate return for the risk being taken— and a social element. ‘Our future is absolutely tied to the fate of Papua New Guinea, and it therefore is in our absolute interest to ensure that our programs and strategies bring the communities along with us.
‘As PNG’S biggest company, and PNG’S biggest investor, we think it is the right thing to do from a social and a business perspective. The strategies for how we manage these things, both through the Oil Search Foundation and through our normal operations, are very comprehensive.
‘It’s very, very connected right through the DNA of the organisation; this is not a cosmetic thing.’