From historic cabins to conservation parks

Working with communities to mitigate environmental and social risks

ConocoPhillips’ goal is to respectfully engage local stakeholders across our business to understand their values and interests, reduce the impact of our operations and contribute to economic opportunities.

Lydia Sovalik in outdoor apparel
Lydia Sovalik

This includes ongoing engagement with stakeholders like Lydia Sovalik, who lives on Alaska’s North Slope. After hearing that the family was in danger of losing their two historic cabins, a crew from ConocoPhillips worked with Sovalik’s grandson to move them away from the channel so that future generations could continue subsistence activities on their land.

Another long-term project creates shared benefit and value in communities near the oil sands region of northern Alberta, Canada, through our work with the Sustainable Communities Initiative

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A Truckers Against Trafficking training session

We continue our commitment to fight modern slavery by collaborating with Truckers Against Trafficking by arming law enforcement officials with the knowledge and tools to combat human trafficking in their communities.

We also work to understand and mitigate our potential impact on biodiversity. In Australia, efforts included working to protect nearly two-thirds of Australia’s Curtis Island, near Gladstone, for environmental conservation. Located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, the island has important animal species and ecosystems.

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The Experiential Learning Initiative gives participants insight into Indigenous practices and a deeper knowledge of traditional culture, such as beading, food preparation, and Dene and Cree language lessons, while also fulfilling school-based science curriculum.
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Grizzly bear

Keeping bears away from human influences and mitigating danger to humans from potential interactions is an important element of our operations on Alaska’s North Slope. Efforts include employee education programs about bear safety and minimizing human-bear interaction, improved management of garbage and human food at work sites and training our security personnel in proper hazing techniques to reduce bear-human encounters

Read more examples of how we are working to mitigate environmental and social risks related to our operations in Sustainability News.