Community leadership and volunteerism
Canadian Natural takes pride in, and supports, the many employees who donate money and time to assist with community initiatives. 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 are highlighted below.
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 $20 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 show just how much they care about helping others through financial contributions or volunteerism.
Canadian Natural’s employee-run 2015 United Way campaign raised over $1.6 million across our operations, including Calgary, Horizon, Grande Prairie and Slave Lake offices. Thanks to 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: Canadian Natural employees with Lucy Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area, at the parade for the United Way’s 2015 Campaign Kickoff. Centre: Canadian Natural President, Steve Laut, and Lucy Miller, at Canadian Natural’s Calgary 2015 United Way campaign kickoff.
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, we provide direct funding to local agencies identified by our field-based employees in Canada and at our International offices. Every year, our employees demonstrate their commitment and support toward the communities where they work and live.
This program raised more than $520,000 through employee giving, corporate matching, and contributions from local businesses in 2015. These funds assisted 40 local organizations across Canada and the UK. Recipients included the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and the Crossroads Women’s Shelter in British Columbia, the Lakeland Humane Society and the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre Society in Alberta, the Olive Tree and Turtleford Early Leaning Centre in Saskatchewan, as well as the Alzheimer’s Scotland and Friends of Roxburghe House (a palliative care centre that aims to provide comfort and support through the difficult end stages of numerous terminal illnesses) in Aberdeen.
The main objectives of the Field Corporate Matching Donation program are (1) to provide a framework to support initiatives that add value to local communities and Canadian Natural, and (2) to guide employee giving and volunteerism initiatives that contribute to the quality of life in the communities where we operate. The program relies on input from localized Donation Committees – teams comprised field staff living in various areas where we operate. We look to our employees for recommendations on the initiatives to support as they possess a first-hand perspective of the community’s needs and practical ideas of how to best manage fundraising efforts. The Donation Committees are proud of their fundraising efforts and are grateful for the generosity of fellow employees, community members and corporate initiatives that help create meaningful change within their local communities.
Left: Presenting a cheque to the Elk Point Skating Club, one of the recipients of the Field Matching Donation Program in 2015. Right: CNRI employees who took part of the charity Ride the North 174-mile cycling challenge in 2015, with proceeds going to youth development and cancer charities.
Partners for Life
In 2015, Canadian Natural employees donated 844 units of blood, which went towards saving more than 2,500 lives!! – this is more than any other company in Alberta and NWT participating in the program!! For this achievement we were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) under their Partners for Life program. We have been a “partner” with CBS since 2005, and we have doubled our donors in the last three years with 1,045 active blood donor members.
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 2015 economic downturn impacting the Christmas celebrations for so many families, a stronger than ever support for this initiative was felt across the company, providing Christmas hampers and making some of their Christmas wishes come true. Numerous families and seniors, as well as First Nation Elders received gift baskets and holiday treats. Employees from CNRI also collected food donations to distribute to local charities in Aberdeen.
“When we delivered the gifts, children’s reactions were absolutely ecstatic and priceless. Their expressions were of disbelief and sheer joy; these children most likely would not have received anything for Christmas. Thank you to [Canadian Natural’s] staff,” said a social worker of some of the recipient families.
Santa’s Anonymous, one of the several Adopt a Family programs sponsored by Canadian Natural employees.
To learn about further employee initiatives, read our Working Together newsletters here