ConocoPhillips prides itself on being a great neighbor and a responsible corporate citizen. We aim to be a responsible corporate citizen by understanding our neighbors’ needs, values and interests so we can address them in our internal decision-making and project-execution processes, and we contribute to the well-being of the communities in which we operate through charitable giving, employee volunteerism, and civic leadership.
Energy issues are complex, so it is not surprising that our stakeholders have questions and uniquely evolving expectations. ConocoPhillips aims to be a responsible corporate citizen by understanding our neighbors’ needs, values and interests so we can address them in our internal decision-making and project-execution processes. We work closely with stakeholders to promote understanding of our operations, minimize disruptions and engage and contribute in a positive way to the communities where we operate. Through effective engagement, sustainable relationships of mutual respect can be established.
Stakeholder engagement has been part of our history since the beginning of the 20th century when Phillips Petroleum Co. drilled hundreds of wells on Osage tribal lands, building the company’s foundation while making millions of dollars for tribe members through royalty income.
Today, the company’s SPIRIT Values — Safety, People, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation and Teamwork — set the tone for how the company conducts its business. These SPIRIT values are embedded in our stakeholder engagement approach.
Principles for stakeholder engagement include:
- Proactively identify and seek out key stakeholders early in the business endeavor.
- Include these key stakeholders in the design and implementation of the engagement process.
- Listen in order to understand stakeholders’ interests, concerns and culture.
- Communicate openly.
- Seek solutions that create mutually beneficial business and engagement approaches that also build long-term value for both the company and our stakeholders.
- Follow through on our commitments and stand accountable for the results, both internally and externally.
Through collaboration, we respect the rights and traditional values, heritage and culture in the local communities. This is inherit in the way we operate and the way we build our legacy.
ConocoPhillips is listening and seeking community input in the Eagle Ford Asset
The liquids-rich Eagle Ford shale play represents the company’s most prolific unconventional development. The Eagle Ford team makes it a priority to listen and seek community input in the following ways:
- Citizens Advisory Committee – The Eagle Ford Citizens Advisory Committee is made up of community leaders from DeWitt, Karnes, Live Oak, and Bee counties and meets every other month to discuss hot topics and industry matters. It’s an open dialogue forum that is based upon trust, respect and collaboration.
- Eagle Ford Leadership Roundtables – ConocoPhillips hosts roundtable discussions with the appointed/elected officials in our operating counties to help inform our community leaders about current operations and community projects, while also listening to the concerns and suggestions of the community leadership. These are hosted annually with each of our operating counties.
- Eagle Ford Landing newsletter – This publication was started as a result of the community feedback. The newsletter, distributed in the spring and fall, shares information about the oil and gas industry, as well as key projects in the community with ConocoPhillips landowners.
Niobrara- Engaging to Understand
In the Niobrara, our approach to stakeholder relations is to maintain dialogue and community Involvement. We continue to share knowledge through asset tours and engage with the business community.
ConocoPhillips prides itself on being a great neighbor and a responsible corporate citizen. We contribute to the well-being of the communities in which we operate through charitable giving, employee volunteerism, and civic leadership.
We collaborate with local charitable organizations to identify community needs and deliver strategic programs that meet these needs and support our business outcomes.
Commitment to Communities through Philanthropic Efforts
As we deliver on our mission to responsibly provide energy to the world, we also strive to contribute to the well-being of the communities in which we live and work. Our commitment reflects our SPIRIT values. These values (Safety, People, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation and Teamwork) set the tone for our actions as a corporate citizen.
Below are a few highlights of how we are addressing specific needs of communities through volunteering and local grants.
Support of Safety Programs
Fire departments, EMS and law enforcement agencies are integral in keeping the general public safe. At ConocoPhillips, it is our collective goal to prevent all injuries, occupational illnesses, unsafe practices and incidents of environmental harm from our activities. However, in the event of an incident, we recognize our collaboration with first responders is vital.
That is why we support local public safety agencies through events like the annual Bad Boy Blast sporting clays tournament in the Permian Basin. Employee volunteers help raise money during the Bad Boy Blast competition in Stanton, Texas. The proceeds benefit the volunteer fire departments of Andrews, Ector, Howard, and Midland counties, as well as the Odessa, Texas, Crime Stoppers.
Contribution to Health Programs
St. Joseph’s Hospital is in the heart of the Bakken play in Dickinson, North Dakota, and has been serving patients since 1912. Given the hospital’s proximity to the ConocoPhillips office in Dickinson and just 85 miles from the Watford City office, we understood the importance of helping fund the construction of a new facility. ConocoPhillips pledged $1 million to help construct the campus, which opened its doors on December 8, 2014.
Investment in Education Programs
We are defined by our investment in the next generation, and supporting education programs is vital to ensuring our future workforce has the right skills and training needed to succeed. That is why ConocoPhillips is increasing its focus on supporting STEM programs at all levels of education from K-12 to college.
Supporting Water and Biodiversity Stewardship
The company’s Signature Program is focused on improving water and biodiversity stewardship by funding strategic and innovative projects that advance future conservation efforts. In the Lower 48, we have partnered with several U.S. Joint Ventures (JV) aligned with our strategies and mission in natural resources and environmental programming. A JV is a collaborative, regional partnership of government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, tribes, and individuals that conserves habitat for priority bird species, other wildlife, and people. They are widely accepted as the model for collaborative conservation in the 21st century.
In our coastal areas, we help guide the use of federal funds in coastal restoration and protection.
To learn more about our investment in communities, here.
ConocoPhillips contributes to local economies in the communities where we operate. In the U.S., we proactively seek out certified, diverse businesses to provide them access to business opportunities within our supply chain. This is accomplished through our Supplier Diversity Program. This approach supports our Commitment to Supplier Inclusion, stimulates economic development, and creates long-lasting social and economic benefits to our stakeholder communities.
Through our Supplier Diversity program we actively participate in identifying, developing and utilizing diverse businesses in our Lower 48 operations. To assist us with these endeavors, we partner with organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and their affiliates in the regions where we operate. We also collaborate with the U.S. Small Business Administration for local small business inclusion.
As one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies, we are proud to be considered a leader in diverse supplier inclusion. In 2014, ConocoPhillips was awarded the Corporation of the Year Award in the Energy category from the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council. The award recognized our proactive efforts in identifying, developing and utilizing diverse businesses in the west Texas region, primarily for our Eagle Ford operations. Most recently we were named to Minority Business News USA magazine’s annual Corporate 101 list, representing the “Most Admired Companies” in supplier diversity.