Working Together with Communities

Corporate Responsibility

Working Together with Communities

At Canadian Natural, we are committed to working together with the communities where we operate to build long-lasting positive relationships and identify opportunities for mutual benefit. The projects we develop together promote both short and long-term economic growth for Canadian Natural and the communities where we operate. To this end, we aim to integrate community needs into project design and implementation by maintaining open communications with stakeholders.

Engaging our Stakeholders

Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of our commitment to responsible operations and is part of our success and pride as a company. We value the relationships we have built with the communities near our operations. We have strategies and action plans in place to assist in strategic decisions, measure our work and support the priority needs identified by stakeholders in the areas of community investment, education and training, and business development.

Our stakeholders are the individuals and groups we work with who have a broad interest in our operations, as well as those who live and work near, and are affected by, our operations and business. We engage with stakeholders on a regular basis and their input is important when making decisions, and for our public reporting. We communicate and consult with stakeholders in a variety of ways such as one-on-one meetings and open houses, and we continually work to improve our consultation and communications efforts in order to maximize opportunities.

Our stakeholders include:

  • Employees and contractors
  • Shareholders, Bondholders
  • Landowners
  • Aboriginal communities
  • Community residents and neighbours
  • Governments and regulators
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Suppliers
  • Peer companies
  • Academic institutions

Canadian Natural approaches stakeholder engagement as an open, flexible and ongoing process. When working with land owners, municipalities, interest groups and Aboriginal communities, we recognize each group has its unique culture and circumstances; and therefore, its own process preferences.


To read about our 2015 highlights of stakeholder engagements and consultation see our 2015 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders. Our Aboriginal Consultation approach is described in the Aboriginal Relations section.


Canadian Natural supported the International Women’s Day celebration in Wabasca (March 2015), taking place for the last five years. Women’s Day Committee members in the photo: Shianne McDermott – Bigstone Health Commission, Dorene Gullion – WJS, Marilyn Cardinal-Wolfe – Bigstone Health Commission and Virginia Denny – Al Pac Forest Industries.