Many people, organisations and communities are directly impacted by, or have a direct impact on, Statkraft´s activities. In all dialogue with stakeholders we will be respectful of local environments as well as the communities and cultures we work in, creating opportunities to provide information as well as to listen to concerns. We want to build trust in our company by engaging in transparent practices and open dialogue with stakeholders.
Active and long term involvement
As a power producer with long term perspectives, it is in the interest of both Statkraft and our stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions. Success in this regard can best be achieved in open dialogue and interaction with those affected by the company's activities. Important partners in this dialogue include the Owner, elected officials, villages physically affected by a projects presence, employees, customers, suppliers, local and regional authorities, voluntary organisations and the media. Disclosure of relevant project information helps affected communities understand the risks, impacts and opportunities of the project.
Issues related to energy are multifaceted, and the outcomes our stakeholder’s desire may not always align with each other or with the interest of our owner. Nevertheless, Statkraft will continue to participate in dialogue with interested parties.
Stakeholder engagement in practice – Examples from Laos and Turkey
- Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project, Laos: Reaching Vulnerable Ethnic Minorities
One of the challenges of stakeholder engagement is reaching the most vulnerable groups that are impacted by projects. These groups are often characterised as economically marginal, highly reliant on natural resources, victims of exploitation and discrimination, and without political representation.
Reaching vulnerable groups has been an on-going challenge for Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project (THXP) in Laos. In THXP, of which Statkraft owns 20%, a small group of eight households was identified. These were former hunter-gatherers who had recently joined a village and were in the process of learning basic agricultural methods but still highly reliant on diminishing forest resources, and, as a result, extremely poor and vulnerable. They did not participate in group discussions.
THXP employed a professional anthropologist to provide information on the group and to advise on how to proceed with resettlement planning. The anthropologist also made regular visits to check on progress and to educate staff about this group, making them aware of the particular challenges and the need for culturally-sensitive approaches. Separate consultations took place in order to ensure individual needs. As a result, this group was one of the first to be resettled in an area chosen by them with house designs and plots modified to their cultural, social and practical needs. Two staff were assigned with the responsibility of following up on a daily basis during resettlement transition.
Some examples of specific interventions included modification of household plots to resemble forest conditions instead of ordered, neat rows of vegetable gardens, work on nutrition to improve health, help with language at the kindergarten level so that the children would have the confidence to attend regular school.
A government staff from a related ethnic group was integrated with the livelihood team at the resettlement site to follow up with company staff. All eight households are monitored to make sure that the restoration process is successful.
- Statkraft in Turkey: Bilateral agreement emphasizing cooperation on hydropower
Statkraft was significantly involved in the Norwegian royal visit to Ankara and Istanbul taking place in November 2013.
The most important development for Statkraft was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Norwegian Minister of Industry and Trade, Monica Mæland, and Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz, towards bilateral cooperation in energy between the two countries. Amongst other things, the MoU emphasizes increased cooperation on hydropower. The Turkish state electricity generation company EUAS is an important stakeholder for Statkraft in Turkey.