The mitigation of security risks to our people, assets, investments, data and reputation are fundamental to Cairn. We recognise the need to understand the steps required to ensure these are protected. We use an external security risk management specialist to assess our areas of operation for a wide range of risks, such as geopolitical, crime, terrorism and infrastructure.
We have established Group security procedures that address the steps to be taken to mitigate security risks in our operations. These also seek to ensure that standards of operations, equipment and training of personnel meet the requirements of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and reflect the requirements of key UN human rights guidelines.
The global security landscape has changed dramatically in recent years with the increase in terrorist-related attacks, including in countries previously regarded as ‘low’ risk. This has prompted changes in approach to business travel risk assessment across the industry and maintenance of security around our operations. In 2015, we updated our travel health, safety and security procedure, strengthening travel risk assessments and travel management plans for trips to locations deemed to have heightened health, safety or security risks. Additional enhancements to the travel management of personnel were made and country-specific personal security guidance is now in place to protect our employees and contractors. In 2016, we will introduce new technological advances in our mitigation of travel risk with the adoption of a risk management system designed to help further protect business travellers.
Operations in Senegal are served by a local security consultancy that provides security assistance in the event of an emergency or serious threat. An independent security review was conducted as part of the planning process for our Senegal operations in 2014, and in 2015, we continued to assess all operational areas for emerging threats to ensure that our security provision meets industry standards. This process confirmed the suitability of our marine, base and aviation security arrangements. In addition, ahead of employees being deployed to Senegal and other key locations, Cairn commissioned a detailed security assessment to ensure security risks were fully identified.
Cairn subscribes to a number of security risk monitoring systems that inform management of any planned events that may heighten security alertness, such as protests and demonstrations. This was used successfully in 2015 and no security incidents were experienced.
Cairn Energy PLC’s active role in the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Security Committee ensures that we collaborate with industry members to provide good practice guidance and proactive discussion on the current security situation, and allows knowledge sharing across the international oil and gas community.