We promote strategies that enable the economic development of the countries in which we operate through initiatives aimed at creating value in the long term.
In line with the eighth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), we aim to "promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all".
In the communities where we operate, we promote actions that fuel autonomous and sustainable local socio-economic development through interventions for the advancement of activities such as agriculture, micro entrepreneurship, fisheries and infrastructure construction. This approach is an important commitment that we are carrying out because we believe that energy companies should play an active role as drivers of development, balancing business objectives and local socio-economic growth, with a view to the long term. These activities enable the creation of new job opportunities for people and businesses, with a special focus on female empowerment and youth. In 2017, local expenditure for economic diversification initiatives was 30.2 million euros out of a total of 70.7 million euros invested in community support measures, an increase compared to 2016 (27.9 million euros).
The economic diversification paths that we promote for community development give rise to many experiences, which you can learn about in detail by reading our Eni For 2017 Sustainability Report and the local Eni in Gela 2017 Sustainability Report in the Cooperation Model section. From Indonesia to Africa and Italy, our projects support improved living conditions in local communities.
Eni for 2017
More than 50 families have grown the fruits and vegetables they require for their own domestic use right inside their homes. The initiative aims to create economic opportunities based on agricultural skills, thus reducing dependence on the activities of the Oil & Gas industry, and to support local communities through the design of a centre for agricultural development.
Celestina Aaron, Rivers State, Nigeria
The Green River Project was started in 1987 as an integrated agro-zootechnical entrepreneurial development project in the Niger Delta. It is designed to promote the socio-economic well-being of local communities and to develop a sustainable agricultural and food production system by encouraging the economic diversification of the country, especially in the Niger Delta. The Programme is aligned with the current National Development Plan and aims to strengthen its activities by promoting innovation and skills acquisition programmes.
In the Western Region of Ghana with the Livelihood Restoration Plan, Eni is implementing a series of initiatives to support the diversification of the local economy. The Plan provides for the implementation of sustainable interventions in agriculture, fisheries, micro-entrepreneurship and livestock breeding.
As part of the Hinda Integrated Project, CATREP – Centre d'Appui Technique et de Ressources Professionnelles (Centre for Technical Support and Professional Resources) – was launched in 2017 to provide agro-zootechnical services to the 25 villages involved in the HINDA Project. The aim is to strengthen and/or develop technical and professional skills and to promote agricultural activities in the project area.
Eni For 2017
Among the Implementation Agreements signed by Eni with the Sicily Region and the Municipality of Gela, one was signed in March 2016 and updated in September 2017 for the renovation and redevelopment of the former Casa Albergo Macchitella – an old guest house owned by Eni – to create a multi-purpose space that will be available to the city of Gela. The purpose of the new centre will be to stimulate local entrepreneurship, get young people involved and contribute to relaunching economic activities in the community. Eni, with the support of the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), has arranged for a targeted renovation of the building.
Among the various initiatives promoted in the Memorandum of Understanding, of particular importance for the community of Gela is the promotion of local entrepreneurship. Eni will progressively make its own areas and facilities available to third parties who intend to carry out projects on site that are compatible with the objectives of the Memorandum. The aim is to contribute to the economic recovery of the area,encouraging the use of local businesses and personnel through economic resources linked to public funds.