The company says family protection is part of the company's broader commitment to ensuring employees are supported in the workplace and recognising that family violence in Papua New Guinea is a big issue that impacts individuals, communities and businesses.
"We know that family violence is a cost to business. We have employees who are not isolated from this issue. And this affects productivity and at times attendance at work. We need to support our staff by providing tools and knowledge like we do with a range of other programmes such as Safety and Behavioural aspects of learning," Oil Search human resources head Pansy Taueni-Sialis said.
Training the 12 workplace contacts means that Oil Search now has key people in place that can assist staff explore their options to access available professional services in Papua New Guinea, Oil Search said.
"The workplace contacts are not expected to fulfil the role of a counsellor; they are there to help sign-post staff on to relevant services in their area. Sometimes people don't look for solutions to family violence because they simply do not know where to begin," said Business Coalition for Women's Shabnam Hameed.
"Oil Search is committed to women's protection and empowerment and in 2018 will continue the roll out of additional training, resources and supports to Workplace Contacts to ensure there is a genuine support in place for all staff," the company said.