The 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow: Responsibly Energising a Growing World

May 13, 2014

Responsibility Global Village, the Youth Stand, the Digital Poster Plaza and the Media Village with more than 500 global media representatives.

"Earning a Social License to Operate"

The Social Responsibility Programme at the 21st World Petroleum Congress (WPC) has adopted the theme of “Earning a Social License to Operate”. This theme was selected in recognition of the important role that the petroleum industry can, and does, play in promoting the economic and social progress of communities in which they operate.

Understanding and managing societal expectations in resource extraction is key to establishing positive working relations with communities and the bodies that govern them.  It has often been said that while Governments grant permits, it is the community that gives permission, and ultimately a social license to operate.

Social responsibility has evolved to be much more than just “doing good”. Today it must seek to inform, involve and inspire stakeholders and those impacted, in order to make them advocates and partners in the development and ongoing operations of our industry.

The Congress will explore how best to integrate social responsibility as part of the overall business strategy, opening new doors to exciting opportunities when used effectively. High-level sessions will bring together industry leaders and stakeholders to explore these issues. Ministers and heads of companies including Indian Oil, Repsol, Ecopetrol, and the OPEC Fund for International Development will be addressing how the need for energy, vital for economic development and progress, can be met while addressing environmental and social impacts associated with increasing demand for energy resources. Some of these challenges and expectations include minimizing operational footprint, HSE and risk management through operational excellence, corporate social responsibility, and changing public sentiment.

Social Responsibility Global Village

A key component of the Social Responsibility Programme at the 21st WPC will be the Social Responsibility “Global Village” (SRGV). Hosted in the center of the World Petroleum Exhibition, the Global Village will showcase projects and initiatives that showcase successful examples of cooperation between the petroleum industry and the communities they engage with.

260 m2 have been allocated to promote industry approaches and activities on Social Responsibility. The SRGV will be located at Stand C11 in Hall 15 of Crocus Expo, adjacent to the 21st WPC Youth Lounge, taking advantage of the energy provided by the next generation in the industry and their interest in creating a sustainable future.  The two areas benefit from a cross-over of topics and target audiences with many young people particularly interested in the CSR efforts of the industry. They will share an auditorium with seating for about 50 people and provide a wide choice of activities throughout the week as well as café facilities.

The “Social Responsibility Global Village” stand will provide a hub for networking with experts and interested stakeholders and will feature a host of activities, including presentations, interactive discussions, an industry survey, and a daily quest with prizes. Highlights will include the presentation of the winning projects from the WPC’s Excellence Awards for Social Responsibility and a celebration