Community leadership and volunteerism

Corporate Responsibility

Community leadership and volunteerism

Employees across Canadian Natural embrace the spirit of giving and show their leadership and generosity through a variety of initiatives: volunteering their time and skills, organizing fundraisers and contributing to individuals and families in the areas where they live and work. And Canadian Natural‘s management takes pride in supporting their efforts. Some of our employee-run campaigns and initiatives guiding our corporate giving are highlighted below.

30 years supporting the United Way

Canadian Natural has been a proud supporter of the United Way for 30 years. We have raised more than $24 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.

For the last 30 years, Canadian Natural staff members have led United Way workplace campaigns. In 2017, we not only donated $2.2 million of combined employee donations and corporate matching, but we also increased fundraising and participation. Highlights of the campaign include more than 720 people volunteering their time to make 22,000 sandwiches for the Calgary Drop-in Centre.

Left: Calgary’s Canadian Natural United Way 2017 campaign kick-off. Right: employees making 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 with direct ties and connections to their neighbours, they possess a first-hand perspective of the community’s needs. 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 Their knowledge lies at the heart of our corporate giving.

Our Corporate Matching Donation Programs, including our Field Corporate Matching Program in Canada, and the Charitable Donation Committee in the UK, are employee-driven initiatives providing 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 $180,000 through employee giving, corporate matching, and contributions from local businesses in 2017. These funds assisted over 30 local organizations across across our operations, including the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Western Canada, as well as Archway and MacMillan Cancer Support in the UK.

Our employees have been long-term supporters of the Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Partners for Life

In 2017, Canadian Natural was the largest donor from the oil and natural gas sector in Alberta and Northwest Territories under the Partners for Life program, donating 627 units of blood — which can potentially save 1,880 lives.

‘Partners for Life’ is a national program from Canadian Blood Services (CBS) committed to saving lives through blood donations. 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.

The Calgary campaigns sponsored 30 families and 28 seniors, and Horizon employees sponsored another three families in 2017, 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.

In 2017, we collected 1,175 stuffed animals for our 22nd Annual Teddy Bear campaign, which were distributed to charities in need. “A huge thank you again to you and the amazing staff at Canadian Natural! Wow! You guys have outdone yourselves again and we just can’t express enough how much we appreciate what you do,” said Ashely Pastor, coordinator of the Teddy Bear Challenge at Scott Land and Lease Ltd.

“Mama Bear” employee Roxanne Wood poses with Bugsy the bear for the annual Teddy Bear Challenge.

Our teams also work with neighbouring communities to support and donate much needed hampers, holiday treats and presents to help make some Christmas wishes come true. From Western Canada to our UK operations, our employees continue to support a significant number of families, seniors and food banks every year.

To learn about further employee and community investment initiatives, read our Working Together newsletters.