Employee initiatives

Corporate Responsibility

Employee initiatives

Community leadership and volunteerism

Employees across Canadian Natural take pride in supporting local communities. They show their leadership and generosity by volunteering their time and skills, and contributing to the areas where they live and work. And Canadian Natural‘s management takes pride in supporting their efforts. Here are just a few of the programs that made a difference in 2018:

30 years supporting the United Way

Our employees ran award-winning United Way campaigns in 2018, which marked 30 years of our partnership with the United Way. Our workplace campaigns achieved record breaking participation and raised more than $2.3 million of combined employee donations and corporate matching. Highlights include:

  • more than 1,300 people made 35,800+ sandwiches (our new record!) for the Calgary Drop-in Centre;
  • received the 2018 Gen Next Award for implementing our own program for young professionals;
  • received our first Partner Award for our Oil Sands Mining campaign, in recognition of our commitment and community engagement.

To date, we have raised more than $24 million to help make positive changes in the communities.

Local employee-led programs

Our field-based employees live in the communities where they work and possess a firsthand perspective of the communities’ needs. They connect with our donation programs in a personal way by contributing to and volunteering with several organizations. Their knowledge lies at the heart of our corporate giving.

Our Field Matching Program in Canada and the Charitable Donation Committees in our International operations coordinate efforts and fundraise through employee donations, corporate matching, and contributions from businesses. In 2018, these programs provided more than $360,000 in direct funding to 40 local organizations identified by employees, including the Bonnyville Health Foundation, Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre, MS Society Lloydminster, Edam Early Learning Center, Stollery Children’s Hospital in western Canada, and the British Heart Foundation and Forget Me Not Club Dementia Support in the UK.

(Left) Supporting Ardmore School to help build their outdoor classroom. (Right) To support the British Heart Foundation, 47 employees from our International division took part in the 26-mile Aberdeen Kiltwalk.

Assisting families, individuals and seniors

Our teams work with neighbouring communities to understand their priorities and support grassroots efforts. Some of our 2018 initiatives are:

  • From Western Canada to our UK operations, employees donate much needed hampers and gifts to families, seniors and food banks every year. For example, through our Adopt-a-Family program, we sponsored 38 families, 28 seniors, and 26 individuals, making some of their Christmas wishes come true. Our Calgary Adopt-a-Family program started more than two decades ago.
  • We collected 1,242 stuffed animals for our 23rd Annual Teddy Bear campaign. The stuffed animals are donated every year to children and families in need, through an initiative by Scott Land and Lease Ltd.
  • Canadian Natural is one of the largest donors from the oil and natural gas sector in Alberta and Northwest Territories under the Partners for Life program, donating 640 units of blood in 2018 that have the potential to save more than 1,900 lives. We have been part of the Canadian Blood Services ‘Partners for Life’ program since 2005.

Read more about employee and community investment initiatives in our Working Together newsletters.

On Call for the Community

At least 55 Canadian Natural employees are pulling double duty by volunteering their time for local fire departments. At our Taber operations in southeast Alberta, for example, the majority of members in the Hays Volunteer Fire Department report to work at the Hays natural gas plant. “Canadian Natural is a great community-minded business so it makes sense that so many of us are heavily involved in the community,” explains field foreman Jim Yaroslawsky, who has been doing this for 30 years.

Canadian Natural employees, members of the Hays Volunteer Fire Department

Read more about employee volunteering and our support to fire departments in our Working Together newsletters.