Working Together with Communities

Corporate Responsibility

Working Together with Communities

At Canadian Natural, we are committed to working together with local communities and stakeholders to build long-lasting positive relationships and mutual respect. As members of the community, we recognize the importance of creating shared value as an important part of our commitment to responsible operations. Our teams focus on improving the way we do business, to be more effective and efficient in support of a long-term, sustainable industry. To this end, we work with stakeholders to identify opportunities for community investment, education and training, employment and business development.

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 aim to integrate community needs into project design and implementation by maintaining open communications with stakeholders.

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.

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 engage 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
  • Indigenous 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 Indigenous communities, we recognize each group has its unique culture and circumstances; therefore, its own process preferences.

Read about our stakeholder engagement and consultation highlights in our 2016 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders. Our Indigenous consultation approach is described in the Indigenous Relations section.

Horizon staff with Fort McKay trappers and Elders during site visit.

Living and working in the communities where we operate

Our teams work hard to build and maintain positive relationships. Fundamental to our approach are dedicated, and mostly field-based, stakeholder relations professionals who live and work in the communities where we operate. They connect regularly with stakeholders to provide updates, seek input regarding development plans, help identify opportunities and find solutions to help address potential environmental and social concerns. Their work is incorporated into our annual plans in support of the strategic priorities identified in each operating area.

Our area landmen and stakeholder relations staff work closely with communities, follow-up on our commitments and report back to constructively respond to concerns and differences of opinion. Some of the topics addressed in 2016 near our major operating sites included environmental concerns such as emissions and noise, job opportunities for local residents, community investment programs, access to roads and potential impacts.