Community Investment

Corporate Responsibility

Community Investment

At Canadian Natural, we have a strong commitment to invest in the communities where we live and work. We support local development initiatives that add to the quality of life and well-being of communities. Due to the challenging economic climate for the oil and natural gas industry, working with local stakeholders has become even more important and we work closely together to prioritize projects that promote 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 2016, we provided $9.1 million in community investments including corporate sponsorships, cash donations, employee giving, in-kind donations and funding for community-based economic development projects. Our main community investment programs focus on health and wellness, education and training, social programs, cultural events, and traditional practices. Highlights of our 2016 initiatives include:

• Health and wellness - Supported the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocate Centre, STARS Foundation, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and Fresh Start Recovery Centre. We also donated a significant amount of medical equipment from our Murchison Platform to local charities in Côte d’Ivoire (CDI), and supported a number of CDI villages. Read the complete story here.

• Sports and recreation - Supported several youth sport initiatives across our operating areas, including the Bonnyville Pontiacs (an ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League that runs an anti-bullying campaign) and a disability soccer program led by the Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) in Scotland in partnership with the Scottish FA and Scottish Disability Sport. The goal of this soccer program is to increase participation in disability football and aid in the development of programs to allow footballers with disabilities to compete at the highest level possible.

• Social and cultural - Participated in and supported significant events, including Christmas lunches and hampers programs, as well as Indigenous powwows, treaty days and ceremonies.

Canadian Natural supported the Cold Lake First Nations treaty days in English Bay.

Our 2016 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders provides more information on our community investment initiatives. Canadian Natural also publishes annual “Working Together” newsletters by area of operation in Western Canada, including Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, as well as an Oil Sands edition. These newsletters highlight opportunities and initiatives we have developed with the communities in each region, and below are our latest editions.

Employee contributions and volunteering

Our company takes great pride in helping build stronger communities and providing diverse opportunities for employees to play a role in those efforts. We are proud of our many employees who donate valuable time to assist with community projects. Long-term commitments to local and regional community initiatives illustrate Canadian Natural employees’ leadership, generosity and spirit of volunteerism.

Canadian Natural supports employee volunteering in many ways: through corporate matching of funds raised for selected programs and initiatives, management support of national campaigns such as United Way and providing company time . We believe that by doing this we can help build stronger, healthier communities. Read about our employee-run initiatives here.

More about our community investment initiatives in the areas where we work can be found in our “Working Together” newsletters.

For information on our community investment opportunities, please email Community.investment@cnrl.com.