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Public-Private Partnerships

PartnershipsBuilding a Better Future Through Partnerships
Cooperative Partnerships Between the Oil and Natural Gas Industry and Environmental, Educational, and Community Groups

The petroleum industry has a long history of public-private partnerships aimed at finding cooperative solutions to environmental, educational and community issues. Developing cooperative public-private relationships to find lasting, sustainable solutions is part of a larger movement towards corporate social responsibility (CSR). Some industry partnerships have been in existence for more than seventy years. Others have been initiated more recently to address changing needs and emerging issues. These partnerships are voluntary activities aimed at ensuring that oil and natural gas companies are an integral and contributing part of society and the communities in which the industry operates. Partnerships evolve on a continuing basis. Examples of current partnerships are contained in individual company sustainability, corporate responsibility, or citizenship reports. 

To help oil and natural gas companies report their sustainability performance, API, the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) have developed the “Oil and Gas Industry Guidance on Voluntary Sustainability Reporting.” This document helps companies report their sustainability performance in a clear and consistent manner.

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Links to individual company reports are provided below. All words in red are web links that will take you to the relevant webpages. Clicking on the company name will take you to the company's main website; whereas clicking on "Sustainability" will take you the webpage for sustainability related information and their sustainability report;, and clicking on "Community" will take you to webpages for community engagement activities.

API

See API's overview of the oil and natural gas industry's environmental performance.

Aecom

Discover what Aecom is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Alcoa

Discover what Alcoa is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Alstom

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what Alstom is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Alyeska Pipeline

Discover what Alyeska Pipeline is doing for Sustainability and the Community.  

Anadarko

Discover what Anadarko Petroleum is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Apache Corporation

Discover what Apache is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Aramco Services Company

Discover what Aramco is doing for Sustainability and the Community

ArcelorMittal

Discover what ArcelorMittal is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Ashland

Discover what Ashland is doing for Sustainability and the Community

Baker Hughes

Discover what Baker Hughes is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

BHP Billiton

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community.  

BP

Discover what BP is doing for Sustainability and the Community. 

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Discover what Chesapeake Energy Corporation is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Chevron

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community. 

Colonial Pipeline

Discover what Colonial Pipeline is doing for Sustainability and the Community

ConocoPhilips

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community

Devon Energy

Discover what Devon Energy is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Enbridge

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what Enbridge is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

ExxonMobil

View their current Corporate Citizenship Report and discover what they are doing for Citizenship and the Community.  ExxonMobil uses the termCitizenship to address sustainability since their approach is to include six focus areas which can be found by clicking through to the report or citizenship webpage.

Fluor

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and Community.

FMC Technologies

Discover what FMC Technologies is doing for Sustainability and the Community

Halliburton

Discover what Halliburton is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Hess

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Lubrizol

Discover what Lubrizol is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Maersk

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and Community.

Marathon Oil Corp

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Discover what Marathon Petroleum Corporation is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Murphy Oil

Discover what Murphy Oil is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

National Oilwell Varco 

Discover what National Oilwell Varco is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

NuStar 

Discover what NuStar is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Petrobras

Discover what Petrobras is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Petro-Canada

Discover what Petro-Canada is doing for Sustainability and the Community

Plains 

Discover what Plains is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Repsol

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Schlumberger

Global Citizenship report and the Schlumberger Foundation, an independent nonprofit entity that supports science and technology education.

Shell

Discover what Shell is doing for Sustainability and the Community

Spectra Energy

Discover what Spectra is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Statoil

View their current Sustainability Report and discover what they are doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Talisman Energy

Discover what Talisman Energy is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

TMK IPSCO

Discover what TMK IPSCO is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

Total 

Discover what Total is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

US Steel Corporation

Discover what US Steel is doing for Sustainability and the Community.

WPX Energy Inc.

Discover what WPX Energy is doing for Sustainability and the Community.


Trends in Building Constructive Relationships

The world is changing in many dramatic ways, and so is the oil and natural gas industry. With a rising world population, economic development – including the availability of clean, affordable energy – is needed to support the global desire for a better quality of life. At the same time, the burden on the environment is increasing to the extent that in various parts of the world, natural resources that always have been renewable – fresh water, clean air, soil, forests and fisheries – are losing their ability to regenerate and sustain growing local populations. Tensions arising from economic development and environmental conservation are major contributors to social pressures and conflicts. The explosion of global electronic communication heightens public awareness of these problems, calling for greater transparency and accountability of governments as well as business.

In response to these pressures, the oil and natural gas industry is placing greater emphasis on understanding the varied needs and expectations of the countries and communities in which it operates. This not only translates to conducting oil & gas activities in an economically, socially and environmentally responsive manner, but includes working together with stakeholder groups and affected parties to identify constructive solutions to shared problems. 

Several emerging trends are influencing the nature of public-private partnerships.

Globalization
The world is becoming increasingly interconnected - economically, socially and environmentally – through technological developments. The availability of affordable, clean energy has been a fundamental driver of progress in the developed world and is becoming even more essential in helping developing countries achieve their economic, social and environmental aspirations. As the industry explores and operates in locations where extreme poverty and harsh working conditions exist, API member companies with global operations are working diligently in developing countries to create cooperative partnerships to better understand and address their unmet needs and goals. 

License to Operate
The industry recognizes that it derives its license to operate from the public, and that companies and the industry need to work harder and more creatively to preserve that right to operate. Companies are demonstrating that they can be more than “good neighbors” by actively working with community and other partners to protect the environment, support educational development and develop local capacity. These actions in turn help create a more stable and desirable environment in which communities may prosper and businesses may operate in a sustainable manner. 

Social Investment
While most companies continue to provide funds and promote sponsorships through well-established philanthropic programs, companies are also becoming more engaged as active partners in addressing community needs and making true social investments. This represents an expanding dialogue and a deepening of involvement with stakeholders to ensure programs and activities are meaningful investments that can be tailored to the needs of the community and have sustainable, long-lasting benefits. 

Transparency
As the world becomes more globally interconnected, there is a rising expectation that business will become more accessible and transparent about its operational values, policies, practices and performance. In response, the industry is taking action to improve the quality, quantity and consistency in reporting its performance and progress in the areas of environmental and social-economic stewardship. For example the API, IPIECA and OGP sponsored the development periodic updating of the Oil and Gas Industry Guidance on Voluntary Sustainability Reporting to provide a convenient template for comparable reporting to ensure better understanding and communication of the industry’s sustainability performance measurement and reporting practices. 

Public Security
Recognizing the vital importance of a safe, reliable energy supply to our nation’s and the world’s prosperity, API member companies are actively working within the industry and with government agencies to increase the security of their operations and to prevent terrorist acts from interfering with the delivery of products that people depend upon daily to maintain their quality of life and peace of mind. From protecting plants and infrastructure to training with local emergency response teams, companies have long recognized and responded to the need to protect their workers, communities, and energy supplies through a variety of standards, procedures and guidelines. These efforts, in addition to serving as a protection for the general public, are also effective against acts of vandalism and terrorism.