Requests for funding are evaluated against the following criteria:

  • The presence of Nexen in any given geographical area and the impact of those operations on local stakeholders;
  • The project meets a need that is not duplicated or addressed by existing services or facilities;
  • The project provides long-term, sustainable, positive results and maximizes the benefit for its intended purpose;
  • The project and applicant organization are aligned with Nexen’s corporate values, including integrity and sustainability, and Community Investment Operating Principles;
  • The project is viewed by Nexen as an opportunity to improve social or recreational conditions in the area that will benefit local residents, which may include employees;
  • In adherence to Nexen’s Human Rights Policy (A105), the services or activities of the applicant organization do not discriminate against ethnic origin, gender, sexuality, colour, language, national or social origin, economic status, religion, political or other consciously held beliefs;
  • Charitable and non-profit organizations must provide proof of status as defined by the laws of the country in which they operate:
  • Registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada;
  • 501(c)3 status in the United States;
  • Registration number from the Charity Commission in England and Wales;
  • Registration with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator; and
  • Non-profit organizations that are not registered charities must provide their business number if Canadian or the equivalent information if located in another country.
  • Community organizations that are not registered must provide proof of formal operation, such as a list of board members, previous funders or municipal/community support or partnership;
  • First Nations organizations operating within the Indian Act Section 87 (Canadian legislation);
  • The applicant organization is financially viable and effectively managed (based on Nexen’s determination), and can provide current financial statements and a published list of directors and officers upon request;
  • The applicant organization clearly outlines the use of the funds and the expected benefits and/or outcomes to the community;
  • Requests from organizations which have previously received support should include a clear statement of the benefits that resulted from that support; and
  • There are opportunities for Nexen to leverage the investment through existing partnerships or through the involvement of employees in a volunteer or advisory capacity.

Nexen will not provide community investment funds for the following kinds of requests (except in unique circumstances):

  • Advertising in books, yearbooks, handbooks, journals, event programs, film, video, television or recruitment initiatives that are not a component of a negotiated corporate sponsorship or donation commitment; these types of advertising requests may be considered by Corporate Communications
  • Advocacy groups or lobbying organizations
  • Support for individuals or stand-alone research
  • Feasibility studies, contingency funds or deficit campaigns
  • Conferences, seminars, congresses and workshops; these types of sponsorships may be considered by a Nexen division, business unit, country or operation
  • Service clubs and fraternal organizations
  • Third-party professional fundraising organization
  • Professional associations and events
  • Private foundations or clubs
  • Travel, accommodation or meal expenses
  • Religious organizations except for when they provide social support services to community members regardless of religious affiliation
  • Professional sports teams
  • Students or alumni associations
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, gender, sexuality, colour, language, national or social origin, economic status, religion, political or other conscientiously held beliefs
  • Nexen employees and contractors, or members of their families, are not eligible to apply for funding where an employee or contractor, or members of their families, would be a direct or indirect beneficiary of the funding
  • Donations to politicians, political parties or related entities will not be made from the Community Investment budget; details of Nexen’s prescribed policy and procedures in relation to political donations are included under Nexen’s Prevention of Improper Payments Policy (A153).