Engagement with the community

Galp as an integrated energy operator, present in different geographies, takes on the challenge of being a key partner to the communities where it conducts business, with the purpose of promoting social and economic development of those regions, in line with strategy.

We also ensure that throughout the life cycle of our projects, the stakeholders expectations, particularly of the community, are identified, analyzed, estimated, evaluated and monitored in order to assess risks and opportunities (due diligence). Additionally, for each project or operation we have defined and implemented a grievance mechanism, appropriate to the stakeholders and to each project phase.

100% of the projects under the production and development phases are consulted by the community and other stakeholders.

See the NTR-008 Standard Summary related to Health, safety, social and environmental specific requirements in Projects.

A responsible operator

As an E&P operator, we go beyond the environmental, social and health impact assessment (ESHIA). Galp performed an assessment, in Namibia operations, in accordance with the Natural and Social Capital Protocol, not only identifying, but also quantifying the potential environmental and social risks identified in the ESHIA.

Additionally, in order to involve the communities in which we operate, we are in continuous contact with local communities, aiming to share our knowledge with entities, organizations and local communities.

View our community engagement initiatives in our environmental, social and health impact study for the operation in São Tomé and Príncipe and Namibia.

Involving the communities in which we operate

We play an influential role in local sustainable development, promoting well-being through social projects, primarily promoting access to energy and education, reinforcing Galp's contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Galp has identified these causes by taking into account three strategic areas, which resulted in community initiatives, such as:


Our activity, aligned with Galp’s Community Investment Policy and Strategy, has been structured according to the main objective of maximizing the benefits generated in the surrounding communities. Likewise, community initiatives must take into account the following criteria:


The principles of our Community Investment Policy are also aligned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

Community investment policy principles Sustainable development goal
Energy SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Health and social well-being SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Education and training SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Environment and energy efficiency SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Social innovation SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive, sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
SDG 10 - Reduce income inequlity within and among countries
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Engagement with stakeholders SDG 17 - Strenghten the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


See our Social Responsibility Policy and our Community Investment Policy.

Measurement and evaluation of projects impacts

Main projects with impact on community development

The Galp Foundation is a private non-profit Public Utility entity, with the objective of deepening and promoting the Group's intervention in areas such as Citizenship and Social Responsibility. In 2018, the Foundation developed the following social projects:


Line of Action Project Social Goal Social Impact



Provide schools, health clinics and homes with electricity - Mozambique


  • + 6,000 Mozambicans will have access to renewable energy sources.

  • + 1,017 families will improve their life quality in terms of health and education.

  • + 54tons CO2/year will be avoided by the non-use of non-renewable fuels in electricity production.

  • + 123 Infrastructures covered (eg. schools, hospitals, homes, public lighting).



Promoting energy transition and social development through the use of sustainable domestic energy - Guinea Bissau


  • + 220,000 Guineans covered by the project.

  • + 25,000 families will improve their quality of life.

  • + 530 thousand tCO2 avoided due to the non-use of coal and firewood.

  • + 100 thousand hectares of deforestation avoided.


Terra de Esperança (Land of Hope)

To reforest and promote environmental citizenship through Volunteering - Portugal


  • + 500,000 trees to be planted.

  • + 80,000 trees already planted.

  • + 7 thousand tons of CO2 avoided - (in 30 years).

  • + 74,6 hectares already planted.

  • + 3,138 volunteers.


EPIS Project

To promote school success and social inclusion, with the aim of reducing the rate of school failure and dropout in Portugal.

  • + 39 youths supported by Galp Mentoring Program (2018-2019).

  • + 86 Galp employees, under a business volunteer scheme (2018-2019).

  • + 4 professional internships and 2 social grants of merit (2018).


Global Teacher Prize

To invest in education by promoting and recognizing teachers

  • + 110 teachers involved.

  • + 450 schools involved.

  • + 30 educational projects distinguished.


Galp Educational Projects

Promote education for environmental citizenship and social entrepreneurship in terms of energy transition, and protection of the oceans and ecosystems.

2018 Goals:

- 1,400 schools

- 50 volunteers

  • + 134,856 students.

  • + 6,412 teachers.

  • + 1,437 schools.

  • + 100 volunteers

See here the Galp Foundation Report.

We are members of the London Benchmarking Group (LBG), since 2012, and we report our contributions according to the defined criteria.

Ensuring full transparency, Galp assesses the social impact of its projects, monitoring its returns in terms of benefits to the community, in relation to the defined social objectives.

Motivation 2014 (€) 2015 (€) 2016 (€) 2017 (€) 2018 (€) 
Donations 374.086 1.141.148 2.412.806 2.182.060 9.4435
Community Investment 3.477.084 2.225.731 3.335.208 2.978.444 18.074.430
Commercial Initiatives 222.117 261.202 335.028 266.408 801.357
Total 4.073.288 3.628.082 6.083.042 5.426.912 18.970.222


Focus/subject 2014 (€) 2015 (€) 2016 (€) 2017 (€) 2018 (€) 
Education 1.081.122 864.415 996.764 957.695 16.572.965
Health 298.748 347.074 817.511 690.436 78.850
Economic development 30.530 51.481 0 1.600 1.602
Environment 192.292 14.485 938.205 772.678 926.527
Art and culture 878.721 308.500 528.302 215.460 415.756
Social well-being 1.480.894 2.031.806 2.139.817 1.931.617 946.845
Emergency relief 10.000 10.320 0 0 0
Other 10.980 0 662.444 857.425 27.677
Total 4.073.288 3.628.082 6.083.042 5.426.912 18.970.222
Management costs 221.412 319.898 291.433 296.938 426.920
Total (with Management costs) 4.294.700 3.947.980 6.374.476 5.723.850


In addition, we evaluate our social projects using SROI methodology. This methodology is based on a cost-benefit analysis of the social value generated by the intervention of the organization. This enables projects to be evaluated and selected, in order to invest in those that present greater impact potential.