At Canadian Natural, we have a strong commitment to invest in the communities where we live and work. We support initiatives that help improve the quality of life in those communities. Working together with these communities is an important part of our commitment to responsible operations, which also promotes long-term local economic growth and prosperity.
Corporate Giving Program
Our community investment programs respond to the priorities identified by our stakeholders to meet their visions for the future. 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. We work with communities on joint community development programs, including health and wellness initiatives tailored to their needs.
In 2015, we provided $8.5 million in community investments including 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 2015 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.Our ongoing support to school hot lunch programs, Christmas and holiday celebrations for communities near our Canadian operations continued to make a difference in those communities. In Lac La Biche, for example, we partnered with the Firefighter’s Society to help their annual Santa’s Helpers campaign, delivering food hampers and toys to 250 children. “We look forward to growing our events and impacting more residents in 2016,” said the President of the Lac La Biche Firefighter’s Society. “Our success however wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for your support and determination. And for that we would like to thank Canadian Natural and we look forward to working with you again next year.” For more community investment initiatives read our Developing people section.