The Inaugural Chamber Industry Recognition Awards was launched at the 15th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference in Sydney Australia in December 2018.
The aim of the Chamber Awards is to recognise outstanding contributions of individuals and organisations in the development of the resources sector creating a shared value culture for all stakeholders.
The 2019 awards highlights achievements in various categories as well as promoting the socio-economic benefits across our resource impacted communities. It also showcases new initiatives implemented in specialised fields such as health and safety in daily operations.
The winners for the 2019 Award were:
1.Oil Search Foundation who received the Outstanding Womens’ Contribution in the Resource Industry for their efforts in improving services and accessibility of family and sexual violence, labour services and conduct outreach immunization and ante natal care to women and children.
2. International SOS who received the Outstanding Health and Safety Initiatives through their partnership with Newcrest Mining Limited where they launched a TB outreach program and increased the detection and improve treatment of TB patients on Lihir.
3. NKW Group of Companies received the Outstanding Landowner Company Shared Value Performance. NKW is one of the only few success stories of landowner companies that have developed significantly from a small start-up to a nationally recognised company with operations around the country and in Australia. The company has also invested in a wide range of community projects and has notable investments in agriculture through its subsidiary NKW Fresh which has employed field extension officers to roll out farmer training to nearly 700 farmers.
4. Ok Tedi Mining Ltd received the Outstanding PNG Local Content or Training Champion award for taking the lead in assisting the National Apprentices and Trade Testing Board recognise Belt Splicing as a trade. This was a significant improvement for the mining industry, and the hundreds of PNG nationals that work in this industry who can now have their belt splicing skills being certified.
5. ExxonMobil PNG received the award for Outstanding Environmental Initiative for publishing two books summarizing scientific information about PNG’s biodiversity in areas where it operates in which one of the books was a report from the biodiversity surveys completed at Wau Creek, Uro Creek, and Lake Kutubu.
6. Wafi Golpu Joint Venture received the award for Outstanding Humanitarian Initiative for its 'Mining Chocolate Program’ which is an epitome of a successful program and partnership with local communities in which local farmers were able to rehabilitate their cocoa plantations which are now producing high quality beans that are being exported internationally and also domestically where chocolates are now being manufactured from these beans.