Social dialogue in Tauramena ends positively - GeoPark
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Since it started working in Casanare 11 years ago, GeoPark has been committed to building long-term relationships of trust with its neighboring communities, and has promoted dialogue and the continuous participation of all stakeholders. As part of this commitment, and after creating spaces for active listening and consultation, the Company has reached relevant agreements on employment, road infrastructure and social investment with representatives of Tauramena workers’ unions.

Delegates from the National Hydrocarbons Agency, the Interior Ministry, Tauramena Mayor’s Office, the Council and the Public Ministry, spokespersons of workers’ unions and representatives of different areas of GeoPark took part in almost 30 face-to-face meetings in which mutually beneficial agreements on employment and social issues were raised and signed.

The agreements include wage benefits for workers associated with GeoPark’s operations in the Llanos 34 and Llanos 87 blocks, as well as social investment projects with close relevance to the community.

“Dialogue and citizen participation are central pillars for the construction of good neighborliness. We acknowledge and appreciate the openness and willingness of all stakeholders involved in this exercise to participate in the different meetings that were held,” GeoPark Neighbor Relations representative William Belnavis said. “This process reflects the attitude of permanent dialogue in the territory to build together, seeking general welfare, the prevention of conflicts and the resolution of differences.”

With the dialogue process now complete, meetings will be held every two months to follow up on the agreements between stakeholders and their respective commitments.

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GeoPark is a leading Latin American oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Brazil, and which has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2014. It is the second largest oil producer in Colombia with almost 8% of the country’s total production. Since it was founded GeoPark has had an Integrated Values System called SPEED, which summarizes its commitment in five critical areas: Safety, Prosperity, Employees, Environment and Community Development. SPEED has been key for GeoPark in attracting the best talent, being the preferred partner and the best neighbor, and developing a successful, safe and sustainable operation.

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