Response by Exxon Mobil
While the PNG LNG Project is not the cause of PNG's or Hela's low socio-economic indicators, when tied to sound national economic policies, it can be part of a solution that helps Papua New Guineans build a more prosperous and sustainable future for themselves. PNG LNG royalty payments due to the government began, and have continued, since the start of production operations in 2014. Payment and distribution of royalties and other benefits due to landowners in the Project is the responsibility of the PNG government and is based upon benefits sharing agreements previously executed between the government and Project area landowners.
We maintain a social investment program that collaborates with government, donor and civil society priorities around education, community health, and broader socio-economic development. Moreover, we are a lead member of efforts such as the PNG Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (PNG EITI). In local communities, we have invested more than 800 million PGK (246 million USD) to build infrastructure, develop social programs and implement skills training. Our efforts have a tangible and direct impact on the community.
Our support for local communities also includes disaster response and humanitarian relief in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. In addition to the company's US $1 million contribution for humanitarian relief, we have donated more than 37 tons of food and 14 tones of portable water... Exxon Mobil is committed to respecting human rights as a fundamental value in our company. We comply with applicable laws and regulations, and seek to work with suppliers and business partners who share this commitment. Our operations and approach to human rights are consistent with the goals of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and we have been a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative since 2002.
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