Trinity Energy joins the UN Global Compact
Trinity Energy, one of South Sudan’s leading independent petroleum companies, has become a signatory of the United Nations’ Global Compact: a voluntary global movement of over 12,000 companies from over 160 countries committed to ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality, and addressing climate change. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, and centres around a number of principles including human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
Announcing the partnership, The Chief Executive Officer at Trinity Energy Mr. Robert Mdeza said that ‘joining the UN Global Compact underlines our commitment to South Sudan socio-economic development guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
Having signed the Compact, Trinity Energy has pledged to integrate its principles as a core part of its business strategy, corporate culture, and community investment programs. In particular, Trinity Energy reports a new focus on collaborative social projects in South Sudan to advance broader United Nations goals.
Trinity Energy has announced education, agriculture, health, vocational training, and girls’ education as its priority areas for community interventions. Having recently donated over $570,000 to help government efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Trinity promises to build on its recent history of national philanthropy.
What is more uncertain, however, is the future of the company’s commitment to tackling environmental challenges. Having signed the UN Global Compact, Trinity Energy has since adopted a precautionary approach to ecological and developmental innovation. Recognising their obligation to expanding access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy, the company has since launched an initiative to limit the environmental effects stemming from the use of unsustainable cooking fuels. In particular, use of charcoal and firewood contributes to deforestation, and these sources of energy are a significant cause of respiratory illnesses and eye diseases in South Sudan. As such the company will introduce affordable commercial and domestic liquefied petroleum gas ("LPG") products as a sustainable alternative to charcoal and firewood.
More information about the UN Global Compact can be found here.