Seplat Energy achieves ISO 26000 endorsement on social responsibility

*Roger Brown, Seplat Chief Executive Officer

Oritsegbubemi Omatseyin

Lagos — Seplat Energy Plc has achieved the ISO 26000 endorsement, which is a major milestone that reinforces the Company’s commitment to social responsibility.

The company’s ISO 26000 journey commenced in September 2021 and was concluded in 2023. The two-year journey culminated in the recognition of Seplat Energy’s efforts to operate in a socially responsible way, respecting society, the environment, and the communities in which it operates.

Commenting on the feat, the Chief Executive Officer of Seplat Energy Plc, Mr. Roger Brown, said:  “We recognise that social responsibility is integral to our business strategy and essential for long-term success. This recognition has intensified our commitment to create value in the communities where we operate through high-impact corporate social initiatives.”

Mr. Brown commended all the teams and persons within and outside of Seplat Energy that had contributed to the realisation of the ISO 26000 feat whilst assuring all stakeholders of the company’s commitment to sustainability.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our business. The two-year journey to this certification has been well worth it and it shows our unwavering commitment to sustainability. For us at Seplat Energy, we will continue to set higher standards and continue to work towards their realisation,” he said.

The unveiling of the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Guidance Management Self-Declaration by Seplat Energy was done in conjunction with the International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility, INCSR, an international team of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, CS&R, Consultants and Corporate Human Rights Advocates working to promote best practices in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Commenting on the achievement by Seplat Energy, the President/Lead Consultant, INCSR, Mr. Eustace Onuegbu, said: “The ISO 26000 certification is a detailed and meticulous process. It is a strategic management system that cuts across all business functions including business relationships. It therefore reflects the true picture of the company and the hard work put in to achieve it. Seplat Energy is only the second company to achieve this certification.”

In the same vein, the Chief Operating Officer, Seplat Energy, Mr. Samson Ezugworie, reiterated: “This milestone is a landmark achievement and launches Seplat Energy into the global league of social responsibility. The achievement is a testament to the way we relate with staff in terms of labour practices; it reflects the way we comply with regulations, environmental stewardship, and our dealing with stakeholders. Our goal is to sustain the milestone.”

The Director, External Affairs and Social Performance, Seplat Energy, Mrs. Chioma Afe, said: “Social responsibility is part of our strategy; so, getting endorsed further verifies and validates that we truly live our strategy, given all the work that the company has put in over the years.”

Also commenting, the Managing Director, Seplat West Limited, Mr. Ayodele Olatunde, explained that: “ISO 26000 certification is a major milestone that serves as an assurance of Seplat Energy’s commitment to sustainable corporate social investment, accountability, ethical behaviour, compliance, respect for stakeholders, our people, governance and labour practices. Seplat will continue to build on this achievement, engage stakeholders, and deliver increased value.”

Seplat Energy leadership is highly committed to implementing an effective organisational governance system, and therefore has recognised the principles of social responsibility in line with Clause 4 of ISO 26000 in the decision-making, organisational culture, operations, and all business relationships.

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