We support open and transparent dialogue with legislators and senior policy-makers as a means of ensuring good corporate citizenship and sensible regulatory outcomes.

As the largest Papua New Guinean company, with expertise and operations in several regions, we seek to engage with governments, parliamentarians, industry groups and others with the ability to shape policies that impact our business and stakeholders. We provide these policy-makers with information and advice in areas of interest and relevance so we can promote informed decision-making.  

Policy-makers wishing to obtain an industry-specific perspective or insights into broader socio-economic issues often seek our opinions. As a socially responsible operator, we contribute with integrity and engage in an accurate, factual, transparent and meaningful way. We restrict such engagements to issues where we have a legitimate business interest i.e. when a proposed action may directly affect our operations.

Our Stakeholder Engagement team is responsible for leading these engagements. Our government engagement specialists work with people throughout the Company to identify priority areas that may impact our ability to achieve our business objectives. Overall responsibility for coordination, analysis and development of responses and engagement with government officials in PNG rests with the Executive General Manager Stakeholder Engagement.

We also participate in advocacy and policy engagement by belonging to industry associations. These draw on the skills and experience of members to shape the industry’s collective response to public policy issues. We don’t employ serving politicians for engagement on our behalf or public affairs agencies for political monitoring or strategic advice.

Oil Search belongs to several associations and networks engaged in policy, these are listed in the Memberships and Commitments section of our website.

We are politically neutral and don’t make financial contributions to any government official, political party, political party official, election committee or political candidate. We prohibit payment of bribes, kickbacks, inducements or illegal payments of any kind that might influence a government official to obtain a business advantage for us.

We regard the taking up of political office as a potential conflict of interest for our employees and Directors. Anyone who is considering it must notify us. Directors standing for election must resign, whilst an employee may be required to resign from their job.

These commitments are embedded in the Oil Search Human Resource Manual, Code of Conduct and Corruption Prevention Policy.