Local Initiatives and Global Impact
Our approach to Global Stewardship is to focus on local concerns where we can make a positive difference and have the greatest impact.
Schlumberger people live and work in 85 countries. Guided by ongoing engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, in each location we strive to align our global business model with national and local priorities. Because we believe that all sustainability is local, wherever we live and work we engage with local institutions, coordinate our activities with community initiatives and objectives, and invest in local capacity building.
Spotlight on Indonesia
Located in an area known as the Ring of Fire, Indonesia has an estimated 29 gigawatts of geothermal resources – but only about 1.8 gigawatts, or approximately 7%, has been developed. Developing this geothermal energy requires exceptional technologies and Geothermex, a Schlumberger company, is collaborating with the Indonesia Geothermal Association and the national government to achieve the country’s goal of producing 7.2 gigawatts of geothermal energy by 2030. In 2017, Schlumberger contributed to the development of several geothermal projects in Indonesia by providing integrated drilling services in the KS-Orka Sorik-Marapi field along with drilling services for Star Energy, Supreme Energy, and Pertamina Geothermal Energy.
Faculty for the Future Research
The diverse research focus of Indonesian Faculty for the Future fellows and alumnae reflects regional challenges and the determination of the women scholars to improve conditions in their home country through science. For example, one fellow is measuring local changes in the Earth’s surface in Indonesia resulting from natural disasters such as landslides and deformation due to subsidence. The resulting measurements can help disaster management planners predict and mitigate the effects of future disaster events. Another fellow evaluated deformation in the upper plate in Java and estimated the strain regime in the area. Outcomes of her research included mapping newly identified active faults capable of producing large earthquakes in Java, resulting in revisions to the national Earthquake Hazard Map of Indonesia.
Faculty for the Future Forum
In August, the Schlumberger Foundation organized a Faculty for the Future forum in Bandung, Indonesia. During the three-day event, 44 fellows from 32 universities around the world heard from a panel of distinguished keynote speakers – including the first female Indonesian astronaut. Faculty for the Future forums offer an opportunity for the fellows to collaborate, learn from each other, and network with distinguished scientists and other invited speakers.
Taking Career Aspirations to the Next Level
Female engineering students in Indonesia were encouraged to prepare for a career in the oil and gas industry by participating in an essay competition Schlumberger sponsored. Participants used fewer than 350 words to explain what attracted them to a career in the oil and gas industry and how they planned to prepare themselves. The competition received more than 600 entries, and 48 students among them were selected to participate in a conference on women and engineering.
Cross-Company Mentoring Circle
Schlumberger participated along with a small group of companies in a workshop conducted by the women’s network of a customer in Indonesia. Called Cross-Company Mentoring Circle, the topic of discussion was “Be the Voice in the Room.” Held in Jakarta, the event aimed to inspire working women to continue reaching their full potential and to make a contribution in the working environment. The customer’s women's network and its CrossCompany Mentoring Circle are a manifestation of the company’s commitment to create an organizational environment in which women are involved, empowered, respected, and seen as important contributors. According to research from Grant Thornton, in 2017 Indonesia experienced an increase in the number of women in senior management roles, up from 24% in 2016 to 28% in 2017.
HSE for Youth Events
In July, 35 children of our employees and contractors attended an HSE for Youth event in the Cikarang Integrated Base where participants learned about road safety and other topics. In November, another HSE for Youth event was held for 60 teens and pre-teens at Balikpapan Timur. The pre-teens learned about road safety, and the teenagers were taught first aid skills.
Wherever we live and work we contribute to social and economic development. Understanding local need is key to developing good relations with local communities. In Sumatra, where a local school lacked an adequate number of trash bins, Schlumberger employees modified an empty plastic drum and turned it into a trash bin for use in the school. We provided a roof for a waste shelter in Kalimantan, and we transported people to the waste shelter three times a week. We collaborated with a local telecommunications provider to erect an antenna that gives Internet access to people living in the Tamapole area in Kalimantan. We also hired 30 local people around our Tamapole base to work on Schlumberger barges as catering staff, security guards, and helpers.
Natural Disaster Research
Indonesia has to cope with the constant risk of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. The World Bank has estimated that 40% of Indonesia’s population – about 90 million people – are vulnerable to disaster.
Schlumberger is assisting Indonesia in its quest to become safer by supporting research at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta into natural disaster mitigation. Following the Mount Merapi eruption in 2010, which killed more than 350 people, Schlumberger provided initial funding for a UGM project to create a community-wide early warning system for natural events such as landslides, floods, and volcanic eruptions. We provide ongoing support (USD 3.6 million since 2004) for advanced research by Faculty for the Future fellows – much of which is for natural disaster mitigation and preparedness – and we have partnered with a national metrological agency to enhance early warning systems by maximizing our subsurface data expertise.
Reducing driving risks is a top priority in Indonesia, as most fatalities in the oil and gas industry there are related to road accidents. In 2017, Schlumberger employees drove more than 5.1 million miles in the country, equivalent to driving 17 times around the world every month. To increase safety awareness, Schlumberger Duri set up a “seatbelt convincer” at the local police station in the Rokan Hilir area of Riau province and invited people who were applying for a driving license to give it a try. A Schlumberger volunteer explained how the convincer works and discussed the importance of wearing seatbelts while driving. Positive feedback was received from participants and the local police.