Community involvement, which embodies our core corporate values and beliefs, is a vital part of our activities in the communities where we operate. We are committed to supporting causes that contribute positively to the quality of life in members of our communities. Such initiatives include:
- investing in local youth through sponsorship and training;
- supporting community events;
- aiding local charities and schools;
- working with local schools to deliver hampers to underprivileged children;
- assisting various families in the fields with school supplies for the new school term;
- offering direct employment and contracts; and
- providing opportunities for local service providers.
In addition to these initiatives, in 2020 Touchstone partnered with the following charities:
- APEGA, hosting workshops;
- Do Good Foundation;
- Elderly Land Lydia Patton;
- Fyzabad Cadets;
- Fyzabad Government Early Childcare;
- Heal the World Foundation;
- Mary Care Centre;
- Mother Union Children’s Homes;
- Rio Claro Learning and Development;
- Siparia Senior Citizens Home;
- Patricks East Lions Club;
- Senior Citizens Fyzabad; and
- United Way T&T.
Touchstone strives to be a leader in environmental stewardship in Trinidad and Tobago. We believe that supporting environmental regulatory standards is fundamental to ensure sustainable development and community well-being. It is important to us that residents of the communities where we operate are comfortable with our operations and that we exceed the highest safety and environmental standards.
To comply with Touchstone’s health, safety and environmental (“HSE”) policies, we seek to follow best practices by:
- working with the Environmental Management Authorities (“EMA”) and other governmental stakeholders to guarantee compliance and adherence;
- becoming the first onshore oil and gas producer in Trinidad to eliminate 20% of all surface release of produced water and aiming towards eliminating 100% of all produced water in the near future;
- ensuring that applications for Certificate of Environmental Clearance (“CEC”) garners approval for all projects;
- continuous training for all staff on HSE best practices (with over 1,360 hours of training in 2020); and
- considering all environmental impacts prior to starting any projects.