At Occidental, we are committed to building trust with our stakeholders through regular and transparent communication and consistent actions. We actively engage with our key stakeholders in order to understand their interests and concerns and develop mutually beneficial outcomes. This process helps us identify social investment opportunities in key focus areas such as education, health, culture and economic development, to address local community needs. In 2015, the company donated over $13 million worldwide to non-profit organizations, educational institutions and environmental conservation partnerships.
Occidental's Matching Gift Program supports the commitment of our employees and directors to donate to cultural organizations and accredited institutions of higher education. Occidental's maximum annual matching donation on behalf of each eligible employee is $50,000. In 2015, the Matching Gift Program raised more than $800,000 for eligible charities through employee and company matching donations.