Our commitment to the communities where we work and live is something we take seriously. We connect with residents of local communities regularly to discuss our projects and answer questions – whether it’s through face-to-face meetings, open houses, participation in community events, mainstream and social media or tours of our operations.
We treat all communities near our operations fairly and with respect. Recognizing that every community is different, we focus on their individual needs, going beyond just making financial donations and aiming to develop opportunities that create long-term economic and social value for residents.
Whenever possible, we hire locally and use businesses and services from the areas around our operations. We also work with community partners to find ways to create programs, provide in-kind support and host and sponsor events. Our employees and their families also get involved through volunteer activities.
Reinforcing respect in the communities where we operate
Expect Respect™ is a Cenovus-wide program with a focus on respect in the workplace and in the communities where we operate. It’s about being a good neighbour and addressing concerns often associated with oil and gas operations such as noise, dust and traffic. The program also provides a mechanism for residents to communicate with us about our performance. Our set of guiding principles outlines what we expect of our employees, contractors and service providers who work on behalf of our company to take care of the environment and do right by local communities.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
In 2015, the Government of Canada joined Alberta in announcing that it is adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
We believe UNDRIP provides a framework for reconciliation in Canada and establishes an important set of standards to help ensure Indigenous rights are respected around the world. We also believe that meaningful consultation is at the heart of the declaration. By engaging in meaningful consultation, industry and Indigenous communities can better understand the Indigenous communities’ interests related to development and can work together to identify opportunities, and mitigate issues when possible.
In 2016, Cenovus collaborated with our industry peers at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) to publish a discussion paper on UNDRIP and provide insight on our industry’s view on the topic, and our collective desire to contribute to the conversation as the Government of Canada further evaluates UNDRIP. CAPP has expressed its support for the adoption of UNDRIP in a way that is consistent with the Constitution and Canadian law, and Cenovus is fully aligned with that position.
Learn more about our position on UNDRIP »