ConocoPhillips recognizes how important it is to deliver reliable and affordable natural gas and oil to the world and that it must be done in a sustainable way. Our commitment is to demonstrate leadership in the production of these resources by being competitive both financially and with our environmental and social performance. A critical part of our leadership includes engaging with stakeholders—particularly those in the communities near our operations—to address environmental and social risks.
By first listening to understand local concerns, mitigating these concerns with our actions and finding mutually agreeable solutions, we build long-term benefits for both the company and stakeholders.
- Our longstanding position recognizing climate change risk, transparent reporting and proactive emissions reductions have all been informed through engagement with stakeholders. In 2017, we took a further step on climate-related risk-management leadership and introduced a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions intensity from operations by 5 to 15 percent by 2030. Read more about the target here.
- In south Texas, stakeholder concerns regarding methane emissions resulted in the establishment of a leak detection and repair program. See more about our plan here.
- In Alaska, the village of Nuiqsut is very close to one of our exploration wells, so we collaborated to understand their perspective and developed a robust mitigation plan to address their issues and concerns. Hear more about that plan here.
- While human trafficking is not related to our operations, it is an important issue in communities where we operate, so we are working with our suppliers and supporting Truckers Against Trafficking. The nonprofit agency educates, equips, empowers and mobilizes truckers and the travel plaza industry to combat human trafficking. Learn more here.
- Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented storm that put our employees, communities, operations and offices at risk. Across the organization, people helped their flooded colleagues, retirees, neighbors and others in need while continuing their work responsibilities. See how our employees stepped up here.
Our goal is to engage respectfully with stakeholders to understand their values and interests, reduce the impact of our operations and contribute to economic opportunities in communities near our operations.
Cathy Cram is the director of sustainable development communications at ConocoPhillips.