Diversity is a key value both in our employee culture and in our community support. We recognize that we increasingly live in a global world that is interconnected – and we are headquartered in the most ethnically diverse city in the United States. Honoring the diversity within our workforce and reaching out to connect with future talent from varied backgrounds are important to our sustainable future.
We have proactively sought over the last three years to establish more relationships with “non-traditional” community partners, particularly in the DJ Basin, our largest operating area, and in Houston. These include both business-focused groups such as the Urban League, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and non-profit organizations that serve or benefit underserved populations. Many of the organizations listed in the Communities section of this report reflect that focus.
Our forward social investment strategy aims to have a balanced portfolio or projects and partnerships reflective of the populations in the communities where we operate and specifically to emphasize programs serving a greater share of women and more mixed ethnic/racial composition.
A few examples of our 2016 activities illustrate this strategy:
- In Houston, our focus on reaching underserved communities has resulted in a strategic partnership with Legacy Community Health, a clinic with multiple locations in medically underserved parts of the city. Legacy identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address those needs.
- In the DJ Basin, we have been partnering with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver for three years to support its Leadership Development Program, which is helping build a strong base of Hispanic leaders in Colorado. In 2016, we received the Chamber’s Corporate Advocate Award.
- In Israel, our partnership with Heznek allows us to reach underserved populations, primarily immigrant groups on the periphery of Israeli society.
- In Canonsburg, West Virginia, we repeated our successful disability “Mentoring Day.” We partnered with ARC Human Services to host students with disabilities who attend Carson-Mac, the high school closest to our office. Students were paired with employee volunteers to explore different jobs within the office environment while learning about the oil and natural gas industry.