Community leadership and volunteerism

Corporate Responsibility

Community leadership and volunteerism

Canadian Natural takes pride in, and supports, the many employees who embrace the spirit of giving through a variety of initiatives; volunteering their time, sharing their skills and contributing what they can to individuals and families in the communities where we work and live. Our employees and contractors connect with our corporate donation programs in a very personal way by contributing and volunteering to support local charities and organizations. Some of our employee-run campaigns and initiatives guiding our corporate giving are highlighted below.

In 2016, our employees played a major role in helping each other and the communities where they live and work that were affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. Canadian Natural was part of a massive regional effort to welcome and assist evacuees, as well as help fight the fires. Read how we joined forces to help Fort McMurray.

Almost 30 years supporting United Way

Canadian Natural has been a proud supporter of the United Way for 28 years. We have raised more than $22 million to date that goes a long way in creating positive changes in the communities where we live and work. Year after year, employees display tremendous generosity and dedication, showing just how much they care about helping others through financial contributions or volunteerism.

Canadian Natural’s employee-run 2016 United Way campaigns in Calgary, Horizon and Grande Prairie donated over $1.6 million to those in need, marking our tenth consecutive year of donating over $1 million. Thanks to the volunteering efforts of more than 600 staff members, and the generosity of employee giving and corporate matching programs, we are able to support programs that improve the quality of life of seniors, youth, children, families and disadvantaged members of the community.

Left: Horizon employees wear Fort McMurray Strong t-shirts designed and sold during their campaign to support the Fort McMurray United Way. Centre: Employees at our 2016 Calgary United Way campaign kickoff. Right: Employees made more than 6,000 sandwiches for Calgary’s Drop-In Centre.

Local employee-led programs

Canadian Natural employees take pride in giving back to their communities. As members of the community they possess a first-hand perspective of their community needs as well as direct ties and connections to fellow community members. Through our Corporate Matching Donation Programs, including our Field Corporate Matching Program in Canada, and the Charitable Donation Committee in the UK, we provide direct funding to local agencies identified by our field-based employees. Every year, our employees demonstrate their commitment and support toward the communities where they work and live.

These programs raised more than $300,000 through employee giving, corporate matching, and contributions from local businesses in 2016. These funds assisted 25 local organizations across Canada, the UK and Africa . Recipients included the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and the Child Development Centre in British Columbia, the Bonnyville Health Foundation and Camp Tamarack in Alberta, Friends of Roxburghe House and Alzheimer’s Scotland in the UK, and the Notre Dame Des Sources Orphanage in Côte d’Ivoire (CDI).

Left: Muscular Dystrophy fundraising weekend on board Tiffany platform. Right: Canadian Natural employees volunteering for the United Way, Fort McMurray chapter.

Partners for Life

In 2016, Canadian Natural employees became the largest team of blood donors in Alberta and NWT under the Partners for Life program, donating 888 units of blood and surpassing the previous year’s donations.

‘Partners for Life’ is a national program from Canadian Blood Services (CBS) committed to saving lives through blood donations. 888 units of blood can save 2,600 lives!! For this achievement we were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the CBS. We have been a “partner” with CBS since 2005. Our active blood donor members include Calgary and field office employees. We thank all our committed and generous Canadian Natural blood donors that continue to help save lives.

Canadian Natural employees by one of the Mobile Blood Donor Clinics / vans to be transported to Canadian Blood Services.

Assisting families and seniors

Canadian Natural staff started with the Adopt-A-Family program over 20 years ago and, over time, added initiatives like Adopt-a-Senior and Veteran’s Food bank donations. With the economic downturn in the oil and natural gas sector impacting the Christmas celebrations for so many families in Western Canada, a stronger than ever support for this initiative is felt across the company.

The Calgary campaigns sponsored 28 families and 31 seniors, and Horizon employees another 11 families, providing them much needed items, gift cards and holiday treats, and even making some of their Christmas wishes come true. Families and seniors are “adopted” through the Kinette Club of Calgary, the Salvation Army Church in Fort McMurray and the Colonel Belcher senior residence. Funds raised throughout the campaign are used every year to put on a traditional Christmas dinner for the adopted seniors, with employees assisting and spending time with them.

Calgary employees also provided 55 cartons of food just in time for Veteran’s Day and collected 921 stuffed animals for our 21st Annual Teddy Bear campaign, which were distributed to charities in need.

“Mama Bear” employee Roxanne Wood poses with Bugsy the bear for the annual Teddy Bear Kick-off. Bugsy was kindly donated for the Teddy Bear Challenge to raise money to purchase Rainbow Society Teddy Bears for the Teddy Bear Challenge.

Habitat for Humanity

In keeping with our commitment to help build sustainable communities, Canadian Natural has an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity since 2002. We have contributed more than $1 million in funding and our employees have stepped up to provide more than 4,000 volunteer hours to help build and renovate houses in Elizabeth Métis Settlement near Cold Lake, Edson, Hinton, Slave Lake and Calgary (Alberta).

In 2016, we participated in the Habitat for Humanity kick-off of the first ever traditional Habitat build in Cold Lake.

We also received an award from Habitat for Humanity Edmonton at the 18th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon for our ongoing commitment towards their program.

Carrie Baumgardner, Canadian Natural Stakeholder Relations Advisor, with Sylvie Keane, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Senior Development Officer, receiving the 2016 Community Enrichment Award.
To learn about further employee and community investment initiatives, read our Working Together newsletters here.