Occidental and its employees take pride in working together to contribute to the communities in which it operates. With company support, Occidental employees participate in a broad range of volunteer activities.
Our U.S. employees take part in a broad range of voluntary activities and civic events with the company's support and encouragement. Highlights include:
Occidental has a strong bond to the Houston Astros. Through the Houston Astros' Community Leaders Program, Occidental volunteers help renovate baseball and softball fields for Houston-area children. Occidental also teamed with the Astros during the Million Mile Month Challenge, a month long challenge to promote physical activity and to raise awareness for improving overall health and fitness, especially focusing on youth.
Occidental's Women's Geoscience Network (WGN) hosted a booth during the Girls Exploring Math and Science event at the Houston of Museum of Natural Science. Occidental WGN volunteers were on hand to introduce geosciences to the youth and to answer questions about their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Occidental is a proud supporter of American Corporate Partners (ACP), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping military veterans transition to the private sector through one-on-one career development mentorships and networking opportunities with business leaders. Occidental volunteers celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) working with ACP and participated in the "Give Them 20" challenge at Houston's Minute Maid Park. More than 850 employees and contractors from Occidental's headquarters saluted U.S. troops by completing 20 push-ups or other activities. Employees also assembled personal care packages and wrote letters of support for 300 men and women of the Houston-based 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.
More than 200 Dallas-based Occidental and OxyChem employees participated in the City of Richardson Corporate Challenge event, which is designed to encourage teamwork and camaraderie while supporting the Special Olympics of North Texas.
Occidental's Permian Basin volunteers made repairs and repainted the exterior of a house in Midland, Texas supporting Christmas in Action's spring campaign. Occidental volunteers also raised $40,000 for Christmas in Action to provide home repairs to Midland families in need.
Occidental volunteers joined Houston Habitat for Humanity in a six-day project to build a home for a special family in Houston. Occidental's relationship with Habitat for Humanity dates back to 2010.
Occidental volunteers joined in local recovery and cleanup efforts to help Southwest Houston residents impacted by the devastating floods in late May, 2015.
Occidental's Tulsa-based employees adopted over 50 angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. This is the third year Occidental has participated in the program that provides toys, clothes, and other items to children in the community.
TeamOxy cyclists participated in the 2016 BP MS150, a fundraiser and 150-mile bike ride from Houston to Austin, Texas. This marks the 18th straight year Occidental has fielded a team to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Across the Middle East, Occidental actively participates in events and collaborates with organizations that seek to improve education, healthcare and environmental awareness. Highlights include:
Occidental's Abu Dhabi volunteers participated in the Emirates Foundation's Takatuf Ramadan Program, a broad volunteering initiative that engages youth and corporate volunteers in a variety of community service projects during Ramadan. The Program aims to achieve two main goals: spreading a culture of social responsibility through volunteering and providing opportunities for volunteers to help families in need.
Occidental's Abu Dhabi employees participated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Student Forum hosted by the Embassy of the UAE in Washington, D.C. The 2016 theme, "Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow", highlights the UAE's objectives of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Occidental Oman held nine blood donation drives for the Central, Nizwa and Ibri Hospital Blood Banks, resulting in over 1,000 blood donations.
Oman has celebrated Omani Environment Day, January 8, since 1997. To celebrate this day in 2016, 240 Occidental Oman employees and contractors marked Omani Environment Day with a field-wide operational stand down that included clean-up and housekeeping campaigns at major assets including production stations, field camps and maintenance workshops. In Mukhaizna, employees planted trees at the camp.
Almost 400 Occidental employees and their families celebrated Qatar's National Sports Day together at the annual Occidental Family Sports Day and Walk with Management.
Occidental Qatar entered two teams into the annual Maersk Oil and Qatar Petroleum Challenge for Action on Diabetes. The challenge tests both mental and physical abilities in a two-day event, spread over five stages. The event has helped to raise over one million Qatar Riyals for the Al Bawasil camp for children with diabetes. Occidental Qatar has supported the initiative since its inception in 2012.
Senior executives at Occidental Qatar helped Qatari students transition into the workplace by sharing their experiences with 30 students of the "Nasmou" program, a partnership with Qatar University and Silatech. Students are mentored by professionals outside of the classroom and experience the techniques and exercises that support the development of skills, competencies and mindset needed to be begin a successful career after graduation.
Occidental Colombia supports initiatives that aid underprivileged children and families in the local communities near our operations. Highlights include:
Working with the "Catalina Muñoz" Foundation, a non-profit institution that supports housing projects for low income families, more than 15 Occidental Colombia employees helped to construct a two-bedroom house for a single mother and her six children. In addition, the house was painted and equipped with a bathroom and donated furniture.
Occidental Colombia's employees led a voluntary project to build and install a water treatment plant for La Pesquera School, located near the company's Caño Limon oilfield. The facility, completed in November 2015, provides safe drinking water for 260 students. In addition to building the plant, the project included financing for the facility and hygiene workshops for kids and teachers, and training community members on the operation and maintenance of the facility, thereby ensuring a more sustainable, long-term benefit.
Throughout 2015, Occidental employees and contractors with the Northern Llanos operations carried out numerous voluntary social investment activities in nearby villages. These efforts included education programs, construction of infrastructure and basic sanitary services, housing improvements, and development programs for community members.
At the "La Osa" School near Occidental Colombia's Caño Limón operations, employees volunteered to make improvements to the school's cafeteria, kitchen, bathroom facilities, classrooms, IT room and playground.