Our community investment programs respond to the priorities identified by our stakeholders to meet their visions for the future. Canadian Natural embraces the doing it right philosophy in our mission statement and is proud to support initiatives that help improve the quality of life and economic health of the communities where we operate.
We provide financial and volunteer support for projects and organizations. Our main corporate programs include 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.
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 are working with communities on joint community development programs, including health and wellness initiatives tailored to their needs. Canadian Natural is joining efforts with local hockey players to bring anti-drug and anti-bullying messages to schools and surrounding communities.
Our 2012 community investment totalled $7.8 million and includes corporate sponsorships and cash donations, employee giving, in-kind donations and community economic development projects. Our focus is on increasing community investment, education and training, employment and business development programs. Some of our major corporate donations go towards hospitals, schools, multiplex and recreational facilities, family support projects and community outreach programs. Highlights of our corporate programs and employee giving can be found in our 2012 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.
Employee Contributions and Volunteering
We are proud of our many employees who donate valuable time to assist with community projects. Our employees and contractors connect with our corporate donation programs in a very personal way by contributing and volunteering to support local charities and organizations.
Our successful employee-run United Way campaign shows a consistent increase in employee giving and volunteer hours. The 2012 campaign raised a total of $1.6 million in combined donations and corporate matching.
Canadian Natural has contributed over half a million dollars in materials for the Habitat for Humanity Calgary program in the last five years. Our employees have also stepped up to provide over 3,000 man-hours to help build the houses. In 2012, we partnered with Habitat and Calgary Housing Corporation to refurbish five homes as part of the “Re-Build Green Project”.
In 2013, we are once again supporting Habitat for Humanity Calgary with $110,000 towards building materials for another sponsored house. The project will consist of two brand new duplexes, each accommodating two Habitat families for a total of four families.
Our CNR International efforts in Aberdeen encourage employees to focus their time on different youth development initiatives. Our Canadian field offices also organize fundraisers and donate materials, services and volunteer hours at many community endeavors.
Canadian Natural employees participated in the Re-Build Green Project in support of Habitat for Humanity Calgary
Through the Energy in Action program, every year we visit schools in several communities to provide natural resources and environment education. This is a hands-on community involvement initiative where industry volunteers, partnering with CAPP and Inside Education, work with grade four through six to teach about the importance of the oil and natural gas resources development, environmental sustainability and stewardship.
Read more about our community investment initiatives in the areas where we work in our “Working Together” newsletter.