Social responsibility is a newly concept across the world and an element for access to sustainable development. Today, social responsibility is taken into consideration within the framework of sustainable development and associated scientific indicators are in harmony with the indices of sustainable development.
Over recent years, the domain of social responsibility has expanded at the international level in a way that many major corporates are required to take into account this aspect in order to upgrade their business. The concept of sustainable development has expanded at the international level such that many big enterprises have no option but to take this concept into consideration in a bid to improve their business. The concept of sustainable development has also taken shape in the Iranian petroleum industry’s social responsibility and the Ministry of Petroleum is determined to take effective measures in this regard.
Sustainable development would make sense in the shadow of fulfilment of social responsibility. Generally speaking, attention to social, environmental and cultural issues of local communities would reduce the friction between oil activities and the surrounding environment because continuity, stability and long-term development would require sustainable development and it may be said that social responsibility and sustainable development are complementary.
In a bid to ensure the sustainability of the activities of the petroleum industry in various communities, the growth and sustainability of those communities need to be taken into consideration.
In the petroleum industry, efforts are always made to use past experience for better outcome. In this regard, the main four subsidiaries of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) have been assigned certain obligations to take into consideration in their work reports. When companies share such experience they would be able to act more effectively in the future.
If a certain order and framework is presented for designing, planning, prioritization, and distribution for investment in social responsibility it would be possible to implement a well-defined, convergent and harmonious plan and avoid parallel work and instead take effective steps in underprivileged areas.
Alignment between the Ministry of Petroleum, local people and local entities is needed for sustainable development to materialize. In other words, participation by local people and organizations would contribute to the cohesion, stability and consistency of Petroleum Ministry activities.
Therefore, sustainable development in social responsibility does not lie merely with the Ministry of Petroleum; rather the issue is generality which is achieved through partnership.
The focal point of petroleum industry success is those who are present on the site. Naturally, sustainable development is achieved in the shadow of special attention to local communities. The more powerful local people the more will be cooperation levels. That would make petroleum industry activities more effective. When there is more interaction and the Ministry of Petroleum manages to engage local people and communities as well as decision-makers further, the activities will be more effective and sustainable development will be further guaranteed.