We believe social responsibility and evaluating our impact on the people living in the communities in which we operate go hand in hand. Both are critical to our ability to develop and maintain long-term positive relationships, operate efficiently, create long-term value and return capital to shareholders.
Social Stewardship Excellence
Engaging with stakeholders and building relationships of trust and mutual understanding are critical to our operations as well. We build relationships with landowners, contractors, suppliers, community organizations, lawmakers, elected officials, regulators, industry peers, business partners and others. This stakeholder engagement is an essential part of risk management and strengthens our ability to manage community impacts, access new resources, operate efficiently and avoid project delays.
When it comes to supply chain management, we believe Marathon Oil excels. We’re committed to the tenets of safety, ethical business conduct and sound labor practices, and we expect our contractors and suppliers to operate in the same manner. In addition, Marathon Oil’s commercial agreements reinforce our expectations that contractors and suppliers align with our values, adhere to our policies, and comply with all applicable export, anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws and regulations.
To contribute to the communities where we operate, we make social investments targeting identified local issues. The same values that drive our business performance – to collaborate, be bold, take ownership and deliver results – also influence the social programs we choose. Our social investments in the U.S. in 2018 totaled $3 million, with much of this going toward education projects like literacy and STEM programs, and the balance directed toward economic development, health, and conservation and beautification efforts in the communities where we operate.
Prioritizing Social Responsibility
We prioritize social responsibility in everything we do, and from the highest levels of our organization. Our executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer is accountable for Marathon Oil’s social responsibility at the leadership level, with oversight from the Health, Environmental, Safety and Corporate Responsibility (HES&CR) Committee of the board of directors.
We’re proud of all we have accomplished in our corporate social responsibility efforts, and we’ll continue to evaluate how we can improve our future efforts.
In collaboration with our stakeholders, Marathon Oil works to understand how our operations impact communities where we operate. We then develop and execute plans and projects to address existing social issues, with a focus on education, public health and the environment. In 2018, we:
- Collaborated with industry peers, with a focus on alleviating traffic and infrastructure issues related to drilling and production activity. We partnered with industry and state agencies in our Oklahoma asset to improve roadway safety and committed funding in 2019 for the Southeastern New Mexico Roadway Safety Integrated Project.
- Provided approximately 140,000 nutritious meals to fight hunger in Houston, Oklahoma and North Dakota, and donated to and volunteered in food banks throughout our U.S. assets.
- Expanded our relationship with the American Heart Association (AHA) by piloting its blood pressure management program with our Houston workforce, and providing CPR awareness for employees and participating in the Heart Walk in Houston and Oklahoma City.
- Continued our long-time partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation with funding and volunteers to raise literacy rates.
- Promoted science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with ongoing curriculum enhancement programs, summer program scholarships, volunteer activities and donations throughout our U.S. assets.
- Demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship by supporting conservation and beautification efforts. These include the public-private partnership creating the Escondido Creek Parkway project in the Eagle Ford town of Kenedy, cleaning up the popular La Cueva Trail near Carlsbad, New Mexico, and joining the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative.
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