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Our values underpin our culture and the way we do things. We are committed to open and transparent business dealings in every country we work in. We care for the environment and our Corporate Social Responsibility programme illustrates our drive to deliver growth responsibly.
Our business is becoming larger and more complex but our core principles remain the same. We believe in treating all our stakeholders with respect and integrity. You will find our general business principles, ethics & integrity policy, whistleblowing policy and human rights policy in our code of business conduct. All our employees, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders are expected to adhere to these principles.
Respect is a key word for Tullow. Our policies on equality and harassment are clear and in force across the Tullow world. Non-compliance is not an option.
Providing a healthy and safe working environment is high on our agenda - whether you are working in the office or in the field - and is part of our HR vision. This is demonstrated by:
The geographical spread of our operations means that we have Tullow people in many diverse and remote locations. This can result in an increase in the pressures on our daily lives. Diverse family structures, changing employment patterns and a wide range of other factors all contribute to busy lives. Everyday problems increase the pressure we are under. Often, all we need is information or clarification of our rights. To acknowledge this in Tullow, we have introduced an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). The EAP is a 24/7 service, which provides free access to a range of specialist support and information, including telephone counselling. This programme is only available in our 3 main offices - London, Dublin and Cape Town.
Amongst our worldwide staff, which today totals 1548 people, we have 48 nationalities; clearly demonstrating our appreciation of the value of diversity.
Tullow has a strong reputation for employing local national staff wherever we operate. Of our total of global staff, 90% are local people. Both Uganda and Ghana, where our current major projects are located, have no oil or gas industry and therefore relevant technical experience and skills are limited locally. This has afforded us the opportunity to help to build a new E&P industry in both countries for the longer term. Working with local government and universities, we are developing plans to build the skill base in-country and have submitted a nationalisation strategy to the regulatory authorities in both countries. In Uganda, we already employ 92% local staff in-country and in Ghana 85%.
We are proud of our reputation for giving something back to the communities in which we operate. We believe in engaging with communities and asking them for their priorities in terms of support. Our health and education programmes are sustainable and for the long term. Take a look at what we do.