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Sustainability

Prosperity

We seek to strengthen economies where we operate through our local hiring, investments in our operations and infrastructure, and contributions to non-profit organizations that help communities thrive and that promote inclusive social development.

Prosperity represents our industry-leading innovation and operational capabilities to create shared value, including investments in local workforce development and energy-related, resilient infrastructure and technologies. By measuring and reporting on aspects of prosperity and equity more holistically, Oxy and our stakeholders can become better informed and prepared to sustain the assets, infrastructure and human capital that contribute to value creation and the Sustainable Development Goals today and that will be necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement goals for a low-carbon future.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND STAKEHOLDER INCLUSION

Community and Social Investments

Oxy prioritizes strengthening local economies and helping communities thrive. Our numerous partnerships address community needs, create economic opportunity and promote social development. We actively engage key stakeholders to better understand their interests and concerns, which helps us identify social investment opportunities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we focused charitable contributions on local food banks to aid community members who lost jobs or were under-employed. We distributed packages of personal protective equipment, including gloves, masks and hand sanitizers, to local hospitals and charities and to employees to take home to their families. We also encouraged our workforce to obtain the vaccine, and directly assisted foreign government agencies to obtain and distribute vaccines to our workforce and their family members in countries where we operate.

Contributing to the Economy

Every year, Oxy pays billions of dollars in supply chain contracts, taxes and royalties, benefitting economies across the globe.

Supply Chain

Oxy’s Supply Chain team maximizes our use of vendors based in the countries where we operate to increase job creation and economic opportunities for local residents. In 2020, Oxy managed nearly $8 billion gross in payments to approximately 13,000 vendors and contractors who supplied goods and services to support our global operations and infrastructure.

Taxes Paid

In 2020, Oxy paid approximately $1.6 billion in U.S. federal, state and local property, sales and severance taxes, out of a total of approximately $2.17 billion paid in taxes globally.

Royalties

Oxy has more than 50,000 royalty owners in the United States. In 2020, Oxy paid more than $500 million in royalties to U.S. federal and state governments. The same year, Oxy paid more than $1 billion in royalties to U.S. private mineral owners.

Community Investment in the U.S.

Our community investment approach in the U.S. focuses on six main areas: public health and safety, education, social services such as food security, military and veterans, environment, and arts and culture.

Supporting At-Risk Youth with the Astros Foundation

Supporting At-Risk Youth with the Astros Foundation

Since 2013, we have partnered with the Astros Foundation to serve at-risk children and teens through youth baseball and softball programs. Oxy’s ongoing support has facilitated renovation and maintenance of baseball fields and subsidized youth league registration fees, uniforms and equipment in Houston’s Denver Harbor neighborhood.

Helping Veterans Make the Transition to Civilian Careers  

Helping Veterans Make the Transition to Civilian Careers  

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a national non-profit focused on helping veterans find their next career through mentoring, networking and online career development. Through the Veteran Mentor Program, Oxy employees serve as mentors to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. Since our partnership began in 2011, more than 190 Oxy employees have mentored 400+ ACP veterans.

Advancing Medical Care in Houston

Advancing Medical Care in Houston

The Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation ensures that the Houston Methodist Hospital has the support needed to achieve its vision of excellence in research, education and patient care. With the Foundation, we established the Occidental Petroleum + Houston Methodist Scholars Program—an initiative that provides specialty health care to uninsured and underserved patients in the Houston area. Oxy has contributed $10 million to the program since 2015.

Supporting At-Risk Youth with the Astros Foundation

Since 2013, we have partnered with the Astros Foundation to serve at-risk children and teens through youth baseball and softball programs. Oxy’s ongoing support has facilitated renovation and maintenance of baseball fields and subsidized youth league registration fees, uniforms and equipment in Houston’s Denver Harbor neighborhood.

Helping Veterans Make the Transition to Civilian Careers  

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a national non-profit focused on helping veterans find their next career through mentoring, networking and online career development. Through the Veteran Mentor Program, Oxy employees serve as mentors to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. Since our partnership began in 2011, more than 190 Oxy employees have mentored 400+ ACP veterans.

Advancing Medical Care in Houston

The Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation ensures that the Houston Methodist Hospital has the support needed to achieve its vision of excellence in research, education and patient care. With the Foundation, we established the Occidental Petroleum + Houston Methodist Scholars Program—an initiative that provides specialty health care to uninsured and underserved patients in the Houston area. Oxy has contributed $10 million to the program since 2015.

Community Investment and Engagement Abroad

Oxy considers the communities where we operate as our partners, and we are dedicated to maintaining open communication and supporting sustainable development.

Oman

Oman

In 2020, Oxy supported more than a dozen social responsibility programs in Oman and was granted the Al Roya Social Responsibility Forum Award at the 4th session of the Oman Forum for Partnership and Social Responsibility. Initiatives included funding scholarships for outstanding Omani students, sponsoring human resources training and development for employees working in government entities and NGOs, and providing tablets to students from low-income families so they may continue online learning during the pandemic.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

In Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Oxy contributes to the Emirates Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by the government to facilitate public-private partnerships for empowering youth. Our partnership with Emirates Foundation dates back to its establishment in 2005, with Oxy being one of the organization’s top contributors. Oxy’s continued involvement has focused on volunteerism initiatives, as well as providing support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives in the UAE to facilitate youth driven innovation.

Bolivia

Bolivia

In Bolivia, Oxy has implemented a robust social responsibility program. In 2020, we were recognized at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability for our paper titled “Community Engagement for Operational Excellence in E&P in Bolivia,” in which we describe our five steps for understanding and addressing communities’ needs in the areas of influence of our operations. Oxy's Bolivia subsidiary has twice been named a "Great Place to Work" by Great Place to Work, Bolivia.

Oman

In 2020, Oxy supported more than a dozen social responsibility programs in Oman and was granted the Al Roya Social Responsibility Forum Award at the 4th session of the Oman Forum for Partnership and Social Responsibility. Initiatives included funding scholarships for outstanding Omani students, sponsoring human resources training and development for employees working in government entities and NGOs, and providing tablets to students from low-income families so they may continue online learning during the pandemic.

United Arab Emirates

In Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Oxy contributes to the Emirates Foundation, a philanthropic organization established by the government to facilitate public-private partnerships for empowering youth. Our partnership with Emirates Foundation dates back to its establishment in 2005, with Oxy being one of the organization’s top contributors. Oxy’s continued involvement has focused on volunteerism initiatives, as well as providing support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives in the UAE to facilitate youth driven innovation.

Bolivia

In Bolivia, Oxy has implemented a robust social responsibility program. In 2020, we were recognized at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability for our paper titled “Community Engagement for Operational Excellence in E&P in Bolivia,” in which we describe our five steps for understanding and addressing communities’ needs in the areas of influence of our operations. Oxy's Bolivia subsidiary has twice been named a "Great Place to Work" by Great Place to Work, Bolivia.