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We are sensitive to the diverse cultures with whom we interact and we aim to make a positive contribution to the communities near to our operations. We highly value our workforce, and we are committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination where all employees are afforded opportunities and are rewarded upon merit and ability.

The Company is committed to conducting its business to high ethical standards and in an open and honest manner. We seek to be fair in our relationships and dealings with our counterparties and strive to maintain strong relationships with our business partners, host governments, and within the communities close to our operations.

Our operations play an important role in supporting the development of the oil and gas sector in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and in contributing to the overall economic growth which is to the benefit of the people of Iraq.

Gulf Keystone developed a long‑term corporate responsibility (“CR”) plan in 2013 which was approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources (“MNR”), outlining ways in which we are working with the Kurdistan Regional Government and local authorities on an ongoing basis to achieve common corporate responsibility aims, with a particular focus on community engagement and investment, including training, education and healthcare.

This Corporate Responsibility Plan fulfils three needs:

• to set out our CR strategy and delivery programme;

• to meet the KRG’s requirement for all oil and gas companies to prepare and submit a forward‑looking CR Plan; and

• to set out the health, safety and environment (“HSSE”) elements of the CR Plan to reflect the management of policy responsibilities within the KRG.

We believe that a successful CR programme is essential if it is to meet our production obligations and targets in a way that delivers maximum return on investment while addressing the significant community, environmental, workplace and market issues that are common to any responsible production company.


Our success is in part dependent on the quality of the relationships we build with the communities established near our operational sites. We anticipate that we will work alongside many of these communities for a minimum of 20 to 25 years in accordance with our Production Sharing Contract. We expect this social and economic relationship to grow and strengthen through the community support we provide, the employment opportunities we offer, and the willingness of our local communities to work with us to create prosperity. Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited Annual report and accounts 2015 31

Our past community projects have included renovating schools, building event halls, water pumps and access roads and supplying computers and uniforms to youth centres and schools respectively. In 2013 we were awarded a ‘Certificate of Thanks and Appreciation’ from the Mayor of Shaikan, Ismail Mustafa, in recognition of these projects. We have also offered support where possible towards the relief effort for the large number of internally displaced persons (“IDPs”) in the region; supplying families with bedding, clothes, heaters and fuel during winter months.


We strive to align our values in the interests of the people who continue to contribute towards Gulf Keystone’s success. This includes all employees and contractors as we ensure their safety and wellbeing while supporting individual educational and training needs, sustaining a first class team on the ground and throughout the organisation.

We have a Competency Based Framework (“CBF”) in place designed and tailored for Surface Operations at both our Shaikan production facilities PF‑1 and PF‑2. Developed and launched in 2013 by Gulf Keystone, it is now promoted as ‘standard’ for the industry in country by The Kurdistan Oil & Gas Workforce Capability Development, an initiative started by the MNR. The programme encourages the development of our highly motivated production operations staff in order to deliver sustainable levels of competency for safe and efficient operations through training and assessment. We feel the programme is an invaluable tool enabling us to raise performance, achieve consistency, communicate effectively, ensure a system for promotion and provide career paths for our employees. English teaching is incorporated into the CBF with the primary aim of ensuring that all staff understand safety instructions in English and are able to follow English operational guidance, furthermore

Corporate social responsibility report

Below is a link to the CR Report which accompanied our Annual report and accounts 2013. The document contains information about key elements of our policy and including:

  • School and medical supplies
  • Water supplies
  • Competency based training programmes
  • Work experience
  • Health and safety procedures
  • Environment preservation
  • Waste management
  • Support of refugee relief effort

The report also addresses the recognition we have received for our community investment and engagement achievements.

 CSR Report 2013

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CSR Newsletter

In December 2013 Gulf Keystone launched the first installment of a Corporate Social Responsibility ("CSR") newsletter entitled 'Gulf Keystone News' which documents various CSR projects and initiatives we have in place with a particular focus on our investments within the villages and towns neighbouring our operations.  

Gulf Keystone News is printed in English, Kurdish and Arabic and released for distribution to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq's Ministry of Natural Resources as well as within the communities surrounding the areas in which we operate.

Please click here to view our latest CSR newsletter 'Gulf Keystone News'