Discussing project plans with stakeholders at Nexen's Anzac, Alberta, office.
Engaging With Integrity
Operating with integrity is a cornerstone of Nexen’s culture and a guiding value for engagement. Nexen demonstrates respect for stakeholders and indigenous communities through early and ongoing engagement, ensuring alignment with our values and business principles.
Effective engagement plays an essential role in earning and maintaining Nexen’s social license to operate by building trust-based relationships and establishing an open dialogue. In turn, this helps identify concerns, create opportunities and provide benefits to Nexen and the stakeholders affected by our business activities.
A Gathering Place: Nexen’s Anzac Community Office
For most energy companies in the oil sands region, business meetings and stakeholder consultation take place in Fort McMurray. But Nexen took a different approach: We made a deliberate decision to locate our Community Affairs office in the hamlet of Anzac, 45 kilometers southeast of Fort McMurray. Anzac is the closest community to our Long Lake operations and its residents, along with the First Nations and Métis communities in the region south of Fort McMurray, are most affected by our operations.
The Anzac Community Affairs office coordinates consultation, local business development and community investment for Nexen’s oil sands operations. Its location promotes more interaction in a convenient and accessible manner.
In 2014, Nexen representatives based in Anzac began meeting with various non-profit and social agencies in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, to gain a deeper understanding of the organizations’ mandates and to create funding relationships that reflect Nexen’s culture and values.
We are taking a proactive, planned and comprehensive approach to community support that allows us to build relationships with our funded organizations. Our objective of creating long-term donation agreements provides funding certainty to organizations so they can focus on their core missions. We continue meeting with agencies and organizations in our region to provide strategic support.
Involvement with Local Issues
Nexen supports and has representatives working with many local and regional organizations and associations. Organizations such as the Willow Lake Traffic Working Group and the Coalition for a Safer 63 and 881 lead the drive to improve road safety and encourage safe driving habits. Another key linkage is with the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA) – a non-profit organization of Aboriginal businesses committed to enhancing and creating an environment that promotes businesses, jobs and training for the betterment of all Aboriginal people in the region.