Dialogue and transparency We rely on open cooperation
Our business brings us into contact with various stakeholders. We feel it is important to win their acceptance for our activities. That is why we want to know their needs and expectations. We inform them of what we do: regularly, proactively and comprehensively. We communicate with stakeholders throughout the value chain.
Understanding stakeholders The expectations of third parties are reflected in our actions
How do individual interest groups perceive our company? What do they think about a specific project? What might be their concerns? To us it´s important to understand their positions and build trust. Dialogue helps us recognize developments at an early stage and take them into account in our activities. We have established formats that suit every location and target group.
Good neighbors Mutual trust creates better relationships
We are part of the local communities at our area of operations. We believe openness is also a key element in fostering good neighborly relations. Therefore, we show and explain what we do. And welcome and listen to questions. In general, people nowadays expect greater transparency from a company at their doorstep – which is why we provide regular information about our activities. Yet we also seek dialogue for another reason: We believe that’s the only way trust can be created and increased.
Dialogue with neighbors in Germany
Wintershall has been producing oil in the vineyards around Landau for more than 60 years. That would not be possible without close cooperation with the winegrowers and the relationship of trust with our neighbors.
In order to expand production, Wintershall needed data from a 3D seismic survey. Such a survey had been planned by a cooperation partner, but had to be canceled in the winter of 2013 due to a lack of support from the local inhabitants.
We were successful three years later. More than 100 talks were held to involve politicians, associations and public authorities at an early stage. Plans were jointly discussed and adapted. Residents were able to obtain information at dialogue events. Wintershall employees were availbale at all times – via dedicated hotline and directly on site at the seismic vibrator trucks. The success of that proves us right: We can secure our social license to operate only thanks to open and early dialogue.
Information of the local community in Abu Dhabi
Wintershall, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Austrian OMV agreed in June 2012 to conduct a technical appraisal of the Shuwaihat sour gas and condensate field in the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi. As operator, Wintershall is responsible for all activities in the field.
Local residents were informed comprehensively about the planned activities before the start of drilling activities. Wintershall also set up an information line to answer questions and concerns throughout the entire project.
Collaboration with fishermen in Norway
Fishing in Norway has a tradition going back thousands of years. Oil and gas production began in the 1960s. Both sectors operate off the coast and are therefore neighbors. With different interests.
Close cooperation and continuous information on current and planned activities are crucial to the success of both parties. Such as in the case of seismic measurements, where fishers fear that their nets might be damaged and their catch reduced.
Close dialogue between representatives from the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association Norges Fiskarlag and Wintershall Norge enables identification of the best time for measurements without hindering the fishers.
Collaborating and having a say We state our opinions
We want to contribute to shaping the societal and political discourse – constructively and transparently. Therefore, we are involved in relevant national and international networks and associations. We exchange views with others and express our stance on the individual topics.
We are active in organizations such as:
The World Energy Council (WEC) is a platform for discussing global, long-term issues relating to the energy industry, energy policy and energy technology. The non-governmental, non-profit organization forms a worldwide competence network. Mario Mehren, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall, is member of the Presidium of World Energy Council’s German Committee.
The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers is the voice of the global upstream industry and the point of contact for regulatory authorities. Its focus is on improving safety, environmental and social standards. Wintershall is represented on various bodies, such as the Safety Committee, Geomatics Committee and Wells Expert Committee.
The Global Oil and Gas Industry Association for Environmental and Social Issues focuses on industry-specific challenges relating to sustainability. It develops, communicates and promotes methods and know-how, thus enabling the oil and gas industry to improve its ecological and social footprint. As a member, Wintershall contributes to development of instruments and sharing of best practices.
However, we also seek direct discussion with political players. That is why Wintershall has representative offices in Berlin and Brussels. Our experts there maintain an dialogue: with policymakers and ministries at the national and federal state level, EU institutions, associations and non-governmental organizations. Our subsidiaries are also actively engaged at their locations.