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We aspire to partner with and be trusted by the communities where we operate so they can benefit from the development of natural gas resources.

Natural gas development supports communities across Australia

We are committed to creating a sustainable future for the communities where we live and work, by providing benefits that have a positive impact. We partner with local businesses and organisations to actively listen to, support, invest, create jobs and build diverse skill sets.

Keeping Santos’ supply chain local is a key enabler for economic, environmental, social and operational sustainability. Hiring and procuring locally is important to Santos because it encourages:

  • A reliable, local supply chain that can be flexible and resilient in times of uncertainty.
  • Long-term socio-economic benefits for smaller regional communities.
  • Upskilling and educational opportunities.
  • Local suppliers to source from other local companies.

We aim to create positive long-term impacts in the communities where we live and work, by providing local employment, training, education and enterprise opportunities. Sharing the positive economic and social benefits of natural gas is critical to ensuring a sustainable future for both Santos and the community.

Read more about our approach to communities and achieving positive outcomes through our supply chain in the 2021 Sustainability Report.

Santos’ ongoing commitment to managing modern slavery risks

Modern slavery is described as a range of exploitative practices including human trafficking, forced labour, child labour, and where threats or deception are used to exploit victims and undermine or deprive them of their freedom.

Santos acknowledges the importance of tackling this serious issue and the actions that we can apply to our extensive supply chain.

Read more about our initial 12-month action plan and three-year road map in our Modern Slavery Statement.

Apply for a community sponsorship or grant

Our community investment program aims to create social value by supporting programs or initiatives that build local capacity, promote environmental preservation, deliver positive health outcomes, increase diversity and inclusion, promote STEM learning, and strengthen local economies.

Visit our community sponsorships page

Community newsletters

Establishing strong, positive relationships with local communities and businesses is essential to Santos’ operations. From engaging local providers and strengthening local supply chains, to supporting training, education and community programs – we are part of the communities where we operate. Find out more about how we’re having a positive impact by reading our local community newsletters.

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Case study: Supporting the community’s crisis response

The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for our regional communities dealing with the impacts of the devastating bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. Santos responded swiftly and proactively, reaching out to local schools, organisations and businesses to understand their immediate needs and provide support. We donated over $885,000 to support communities through this difficult year including over $100,000 of company-matched donations from our staff.

Bushfire support

  • $300,000 donated to the South Australian Government’s Bushfire Appeal, supporting people directly affected by bushfires in Cudlee Creek and on Kangaroo Island.
  • $50,000 donation to Adelaide Koala Rescue, supporting their emergency triage facility for injured koalas.
  • $250,000 donated to Lifeline Australia’s Community Recovery Program, supporting people through crisis and trauma counselling.

COVID-19 Support

We donated over $175,000 to support 35 schools and nine local organisations across our communities including:

  • ~$2,000 of personal protective equipment to two local organisations.
  • ~$60,000 to 35 local schools to assist delivery of remote learning.
  • ~$31,000 to three local economic rebuilding initiatives: Exmouth Chamber of Commerce “Santos Business Revitalisation Program”,
    “Visit Roma” tourism campaign, Commerce Roma “Shop Local Campaign” and Gladstone Engineering Alliance virtual small business event.

Additionally, we donated 3,600 litres of hand sanitiser and 13,500 toilet rolls to assist the community through the pandemic. In Timor-Leste, we proudly supported our long-term community partner, St. John of God Social Outreach Services, with $77,000 of medical-grade personal protective equipment including:

  • 36,000 surgical masks.
  • 6,000 N95/P2 masks.
  • 25,000 medical gloves.

Santos’ offshore team coordinating shipment of supplies for COVID-19 support to Exmouth, Western Australia.