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Indonesia: British Petroleum

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that BP operations in the Bintuni Bay area in West Papua recently authorised by the Indonesian government are undertaken in accordance with (a) UK and international human rights law and (b) the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

​We are not aware of any human rights complaints or allegations relating to BP's Bintuni Bay operation. BP is a member of the UN Global Compact and has an extensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme in Papua that supports education, healthcare and economic development in the local community. The British Ambassador to Indonesia has personally visited BP's Tangguh project and a village in Bintuni Bay to discuss the impact of BP operations and their community development programs in the region.

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