Social

At Ovintiv, we believe we must use our position as a force for good – improving lives and driving progress.  With oversight from our Board, we engage with our external stakeholders and workforce to ensure we are both proud of our results and how they are achieved.  Our commitment to social responsibility ensures our business practices support the safety, strength, sustainability and quality of life for our stakeholders, including our team and the communities where we operate.  

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We drive ESG progress by protecting and valuing our workforce, strengthening the communities we call home and respecting the rights of all.  Not only are these the right things to do, but they drive better business outcomes.  Our aim is to work in partnership to build a sustainable future together.  We are focused on making tomorrow better than today by:

We respect the rights of all individuals and stakeholders, built on a foundation of honest relationships, open communication and responsible operations

We engage with and strengthen the communities in which we operate

 

We are committed to an inclusive culture that embraces diversity of thought, background and experience, which includes both our workplace and supply chain

  • Made 2020 our safest year ever for the seventh consecutive year
  • Safely and effectively managing the COVID-19 pandemic across our workplace
  • Established a Social Commitment Leadership Team to focus our social engagement programs and practices 
  • Provided inclusive leadership training to increase diversity awareness for all our leaders
  • Continued to invest in our communities including providing scholarships to students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing careers in our sector
The ongoing challenge of COVID-19 continues to test industries and governments across the world.  At Ovintiv, we have the advantage of an enriched safety mindset and a world class safety team that knows how to jump into immediate action.  From the onset of this pandemic, we prioritized the physical and mental health of our employees, moving quickly to protect our team while continuing to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy.
 
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Safety is more than a priority—it’s a foundational value and behavioral trait at Ovintiv. In 2020, we delivered the company’s safest year for the seventh consecutive year.

We work to improve our safety performance every day—believing that occupational injuries and illnesses are preventable. Ensuring the safety of our staff, suppliers, the public and surrounding communities is one of our company values and a basic tenet of managing our operations. If something can’t be done safely, then it shouldn’t be done on an Ovintiv site. Each year, the board (led by the EH&S committee and members of the senior operational team) participate in a field tour of our operations to see first-hand advances in safety and emission improvements.       

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At Ovintiv, we are committed to ensuring our suppliers share our high safety standards. We maintain a Supplier Code of Conduct as well as a Service Provider EH&S Expectations Manual both of which define our operational standards in line with our Business Code of Conduct.  Suppliers must maintain integrity, transparency and compliance in all that they do.

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In late 2020, Ovintiv launched a social commitment leadership team, comprised of senior leaders from across the company.  Over a period of several months, this cross-functional team gathered input from internal and external subject matter experts, representatives from our communities and trade organizations as well as our executive leadership team to focus, strengthen and drive our social engagement programs and practices. The resulting framework aligns with our values, strategy, purpose and culture and identifies the focus areas and core actions that define our social commitment.

Our approach has been to focus first on data gathering and listening and then to build and launch action plans and programs that align with our framework and are meaningful to our stakeholders including employees and communities, among others. We are also actively seeking out opportunities to partner with trades and peer organizations to advance our shared social goals.

We recognize the unique rights of Indigenous Peoples consistent with the principles set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We actively work to address concerns and any potential operational impacts on their rights. Our Indigenous Relations Guidelines outline Ovintiv’s commitment to working with Indigenous communities on economic development and community investment focused on wellness, education, and cultural preservation. 
 
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We understand the necessity of having strong relationships with the communities where we operate.  We have dedicated local team members engaging directly with  residents, governments and other stakeholders to answer questions and discuss our operational processes and plans. They are focused on listening and responding to community concerns.

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We recognize that our role begins in the communities where we operate.  We are committed to being a force for good – maximizing our investments to create social value, fostering trusted relations and helping sustain healthy and vibrant communities.      

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Our success is a direct result of the talent of our team and our ability to work together to achieve company goals. We work hard to put our best ideas into action—making energy development more advanced, efficient and safer than ever before.

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Creating a culture of inclusion is consistent with our long-standing foundational values, but we have work to do to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity for success at Ovintiv.

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We recognize the fundamental importance of human rights and the need for all of us to ensure these rights are upheld. Our respect for human rights is embodied in the way we operate and conduct ourselves—guided by our foundational values of safety, integrity, respect, trust and sustainability.

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