At Canadian Natural, we have a strong commitment to invest in the communities where we live and work. Our community investment programs respond to the priorities identified by our stakeholders to meet their visions for the future. Canadian Natural is proud to support initiatives that help improve the quality of life and economic health of the communities where we operate through civic and community investment, education and training, employment and business development programs.
Corporate Giving Program
We provide financial and volunteer support for projects and organizations. Our corporate giving program includes community donations and sponsorships, field matching and scholarship programs with a focus on health and wellness, education and training, social, cultural events and traditional practices. Some of our major corporate donations go towards hospitals, schools, multiplex and recreational facilities, family support projects and community outreach programs.
Canadian Natural also supports community events including trade shows, career fairs, science and student fairs, winter festivals and Aboriginal cultural celebrations. In addition to that, we sponsor hot lunch programs in schools and provide funding for Christmas and holiday celebrations for over 50 communities near our Canadian operations. We work with communities on joint community development programs, including health and wellness initiatives tailored to their needs.
Our 2013 community investment totalled $10.8 million and includes corporate sponsorships, cash donations, employee giving, in-kind donations and funding for community based economic development projects. Highlights of our community investments and donations can be found in our 2013 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.