Land use and resettlement

We seek to implement fair, transparent and collaborative processes to assess and manage the restoration of households — including their livelihoods — when our activities result in physical or economic displacement.

Article Oct. 31, 2018

Land use and resettlement

Our business includes socioeconomic input and risk assessments when choosing sites and land use, with the purpose of reducing risks and minimizing cost and schedule impacts.

Prior consultation should be conducted when the temporary or permanent use of land for exploration, development or production purposes has the potential to impact individuals, households or entire communities.

Land access and acquisition, resettlement (avoidance of), compensation, and cash management is done in a fair and transparent manner following ExxonMobil’s Upstream Land Use Standards.

Land use management meeting.
Photo – In Papua New Guinea, we are responding to community members' requests to build a new walking path when our operations overlapped with an existing path.
Case study

Papua New Guinea’s Food and Agriculture Program

farm land in PNG
Photo – A Papua New Guinean farmer cultivating his garden.

In countries such as Papua New Guinea with traditional landownership tenures, a social license to operate is a critical part of our business. We gain license to operate through our relationships with local communities, which not only own the land but also reside within the area where we operate. We recognize that it is their livelihood environment as much as it is our business environment.

The Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project’s Food and Agriculture Program provides assistance for displaced or impacted people. Helping families generate income and grow a nutritious food supply is the key objective. As many people in Papua New Guinea practice subsistence agriculture, the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project has helped many resettled families establish gardens through training, as well as providing agricultural tools, planting materials for important food staple crops, vegetables and fruit trees, and small livestock, such as poultry and pigs. Households also receive training in nutrition and hygiene, and learn how to bake products that are then sold in local markets. The benefits of this program have extended well beyond resettled households, with community members around the project area now also participating in some of the activities.

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