One of the most important events of the sector in the world will be inaugurated at the Pala De Andrè in Ravenna the upcoming March 29. “Transition to a sustainable energy mix: the contribution of the O&G Industry” is the theme chosen for this edition. Among the articles selected that will be presented at the OMC 2017, is also the one written by Laura Severino (Sustainability & Climate Change Unit Manager, RINA Services S.p.A.) and Piera Turati (Management of Sustainability Methodologies Manager, Eni S.p.A.) titled “A governance approach based on ISO 26000 for the oil and gas industry”.
Eni will take part in the 13th edition of the Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC 2017), which will take place in Ravenna from 29 to 31 March. Eni’s CEO, Claudio Descalzi, will be one of the most relevant guests in the summit.
The ISO 26000 is a guideline that defines the principles an organization needs to follow and identifies the priority issues that it must consider in order to act in a socially responsible way and to maximize its contribution to sustainable development.
The aim of the article is to offer practical indications to promote the guideline within the O&G sector, known for the high complexity of its context and its decision-making structures. The guideline promotes and adopts a holistic approach to the sustainability themes, balancing the different value creation needs for business, governance, economic and social development, energy saving, environmental protection and fight against climate change and is particularly useful for organizations operating in complex situations.
Such an approach allows the industry to set up processes to monitor, measure, manage and report the positive and negative impacts of its operations. By doing so, the O&G industry practices can meet the needs and expectations of local communities and Governments of host countries. In addition, the level of integration and implementation of the ISO 26000 can be controlled by third parties that verify the orientation of a company towards principles, priority issues and relevant aspects of social responsibility. The article includes a case study that describes Eni's experience in developing a sustainability management system, which is consistent and compliant with the ISO 26000 guideline and implemented in several sites and subsidiaries (the evaluation of the application of the guideline was made by RINA).