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Ecuador sustainability
We want to be part of the social development of the countries we work in. Our sustainability projects aim to improve the standard of life of the communities in total respect of the territory. Safeguarding people’s health is crucial for Eni in Ecuador: we have set up medical centres and day hospitals in the country and promoted training for the medical and paramedic staff, while a large number of our projects are underway aimed at increasing number of students that enrol in university.

Socio-economic development

The Eni in Ecuador document, the Local Report 2011, sets out the partnerships and projects carried out for the promotion of autonomous, long-lasting development in the local communities in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This document highlights Eni’s commitment in Ecuador and increases dialogue with the stakeholders.

In 2015 we worked with 377 local suppliers amounting to a total movement of €62 million.
In Ecuador, thanks to the implementation of local content strategies, the total amount of locally sourced procurement amounted to around 93%. Eni has used a qualified control system which foresees the assessment of suppliers using criteria defined by the SA8000 certification standards regarding the respect for human rights and workers, the protection of children and guarantees for occupational safety and health. In 2015, the qualifying process continued, involving a further 80 suppliers.

In agreement with local administration and the communities in Block 10, Eni has set up development projects to improve the standard of living of the inhabitants in 28 town councils in the area of Villano and the Central Processing Facility (CPF). Also in 2015, Eni improved access to services by building 46 new houses, as well as repairing and guaranteeing the maintenance of water systems, education and health facilities and public buildings.

Health

Agip Oil Ecuador operates in Block 10 situated in the Ecuadorian Amazon Forest where there are about 3200 inhabitants spread out in different communities. Within the context of long-standing agreements signed by the single communities, Eni Ecuador has embarked on a project of development and support for public health by setting up a system of preventative and therapeutic health services. Over the years, the project has gone through various phases (and agreements) of realisation and optimisation of a health service network both for villages and the nearby city, aiming to increase the number of people who have access to the services and consequently improving morbidity and increasing life expectancy in areas where there are pathological conditions endemic in the local populations. Support and improvement in these areas by the health service networks (communities, dispensaries, health centres, surgeries and hospitals) are carried out in the following ways:
  • Support by means of a health service network made up of 15 health workers, 3 auxiliary workers and 3 substitute workers providing the first level of access to health care.
  • Medical advice carried out at the health units (dispensaries and health centres) situated around the territory and at the town clinics; 
  • Periodic examinations by the Health Ministry’s Team for Public Health (brigadas medicas) in virtue of the fact that there is an increasing involvement on the part of the public institutions regarding improved services. Members of the team are: a doctor, a dentist and an auxiliary nurse.
  • Fumigation activity carried out in villages (500 compounds) by expert staff within the organisation of the brigadas medicas to curb the carriers of infectious diseases by arthropods (malaria et al).
  • Hospital advice for day hospital treatment, diagnostics and laboratory work for patients referred by the first levels of hospital care.
  • Medical evacuation for urgent cases by helicopter, aeroplane and by land.
  • Treatment for so-called special cases referred to the higher levels of the Health Service system in Ecuador. To date, besides training activities, technical assistance and institution building and prevention the cases treated number around 20 thousand.

Education

Since 2013, Agip Oil Ecuador has been supporting a programme in the Villano area, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, which contributes to improving the quality of education at all three school levels; primary, secondary and higher education, in agreement with the standards laid down by the Ministry of Education. 3,200 people benefit from this initiative, distributed over 28 villages in the area of Villano and the Central Processing Facility (CPF). In particular, the plan aims to bring the primary school attendance rate up to 100%, to increase the number of students that enrol in high school, to reduce the drop-out rate throughout the whole study cycle and to increase their chances to have a professional and university education. In 2015, the programme guaranteed school dinners, the supply of teaching, informatics and sports material, as well as school uniforms, besides setting up 3 more schools and financing the cost of 23 teachers. The same year, 826 students attended primary school, 303 students enrolled at the 5 high schools and 50 students are studying a university career with scholarships and expenses paid.

Environment

Among the wide range of natural environments where Eni operates, the Ecuadorian Amazon is one of the most sensitive because of the wealth of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides. Eni, in partnership with the international organization Flora and Fauna International, and the local institute Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, launched the Villano Biodiversity Project (2007-2010) to assess the status of biodiversity in the wider area of Villano and identify the key drivers of change, both as regards landscape and also site-specific, differentiating the impacts of Agip Oil Ecuador’s operations from those caused by other human activities. Based on the evidence provided by the project, from 2011 up to the present day, a targeted Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), was designed and implemented to mitigate, restore and monitor the localized impacts of Agip Oil Ecuador operations, inform other operations (e.g. Oglan) to identify promptly BES sensitivities and effectively apply the Mitigation Hierarchy, monitor the impact of other human activity (particularly logging) and provide a scientific basis to the dialogue with relevant stakeholders (in particular with local/regional/national Authorities) on how to address this impact effectively.

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Eni’s activities in Ecuador

Eni’s activities in Ecuador are mainly focused in the Exploration & Production of hydrocarbons and in the Refining & Marketing sector.
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