Working With Society
Community development programmes have been at the core of Shell’s commitment to Iraq (and Basrah) since our involvement with our Joint Venture Basrah Gas Company and the development of the Majnoon oilfield.
Shell has been the first IOC in modern Iraq to deliver an Impact Assessment that included community consultations according to industry and international standards.
We work with key NGOs like United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The AMAR Charitable Foundation to form partnerships and deliver programmes that make a difference on the ground to those in the direct vicinity of our operations.
We are committed to the economic and social development of local communities and have delivered several projects within the communities directly neighboring our operations in Majnoon, in the areas of health, education, capacity building and road safety. We are concerned about the high unemployment statistics in Basrah and we aim to increase capacity building and training programmes.
Establishing strong relationships with the local communities, as well as with all the local authorities in Basrah, through stakeholder engagements has been fundamental to our plans. We leverage a team of Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) who are all Iraqi nationals, to provide us with local sensing and insight into the types of projects that best serve community needs.
During the peak construction period at Majnoon 2850 local Iraqis were employed and we will continue to engage with the local job market for future manpower requirements.