THE SUSTAINABLE GEOPARK AGENDA PROJECT WINS THE AWARD OF
Bogota – Colombia. December 15, 2021 – GeoPark’s âViviendas Sosteniblesâ housing program won first place from the Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy, the National Hydrocarbons Agency and the National Mining Agency in the fourth version of the Experiencias Significativas awards for best social and environmental practices in the mining and energy industries.
GeoPark has been implementing the Viviendas Sostenibles program since it started working in Colombia. It aims to improve the living conditions and well-being of the areas neighboring its operations in the departments of Casanare and Putumayo, contributing to the consolidation of more inclusive, secure, resilient and sustainable societies. It was selected from 23 programs that companies have entered in the same category.
Thanks to a participatory process under the technical direction of the Minuto de Dios Corporation, since 2013 GeoPark has benefited more than 1,200 families in the municipalities of Tauramena, Villanueva and Paz de Ariporo in Casanare, as well as Puerto Asis in Putumayo. Improvements in the houses improved the various indicators of the Multidimensional Poverty Index by up to 94%.
This is the third year that GeoPark has won an Experiencias Significativas award. In 2018 and 2019, the company was recognized in the Social Conflict Prevention and Labor Management categories. This year, the jury of public sector, academic and multilateral organizations examined criteria such as the impact of initiatives, sustainability, innovation and the relationship with the 2030 Agenda.
“Since we arrived in Colombia, we have decided to contribute to the development of the country by generating and implementing projects that have a positive impact on the life and well-being of the communities neighboring our operations,” said Norma Sanchez, director of GeoPark Nature and Neighbors. price. “We believe that the Viviendas Sostenibles program truly connects us to our objective of creating value and generosity and, above all, it allows us to confidently respond to the expectations, dreams and wishes of our neighbors, who see in this initiative a appropriate way of carrying out their long-term plans with dignity and well-being. ”
Viviendas Sostenibles has an important differential value that goes beyond the promotion of better living conditions for beneficiaries and involves articulating the efforts of different actors, such as local institutions, in the implementation of projects that contribute to overcome poverty. The projects cover areas such as improving rural roads and building infrastructure for basic services, health, recreation, sport and others. GeoPark complemented the program by hosting community workshops that promote healthy ways for families to live together.
GeoPark thanks the Government of Colombia for this distinction and congratulates all the companies that have also won awards for their differentiated management. The Company reaffirms its commitment to contribute to the development of the country by implementing projects that promote well-being and prosperity and strengthen efforts to help fill the gaps in order to ensure compliance with the 2030 agenda.
GeoPark is a leading Latin American oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil and Argentina, and which since 2014 has been listed on the New Stock Exchange. York. It is Colombia’s second-largest oil producer, with almost 8% of total national production. Since its inception, GeoPark has had an integrated value system called SPEED, which summarizes the company’s commitment in five critical areas: safety, prosperity, employees, environment and community development. SPEED has been GeoPark’s key to attracting the best talent, being the preferred partner, the best neighbor and developing a successful, safe and sustainable operation.
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