We are committed to ensuring the security of our workforce and our operating facilities whilst making sure human rights are respected.
This is in line with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights adopted by Exxon Mobil Corporation and in addition to the policies and conventions applied by the Project lenders.
We recognise that the PNG Government is ultimately responsible for maintaining law and order, security and respect for human rights.
However, we also believe that we have an important role to play in promoting respect for human rights. Violations are not acceptable and should not be condoned.
Our business presence can and should have a positive influence on the treatment of people in communities in which we operate.
We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC), which sets out our interface with the RPNGC in relation to security for the Project.
The MOU plays an important role in establishing clear expectations as well as providing a solid foundation for the delivery of effective policing at our worksites.
According to the MOU, we can offer support such as transport, fuel, lodging and stipends for the police away from their normal work locations.
We are continuing to encourage the PNG Government to address security threats in areas adjoining our operations without directly assigning public security forces to the Project or its personnel, facilities and operations.
We believe that working closely with the government and police to implement training and practices that reflect the spirit of the Voluntary Principles and other international conventions will have a long-term positive effect on PNG.