Local Initiatives and Global Impact
At Schlumberger, we believe that actions speak louder than words. Our activities in more than 85 countries exemplify the best of local initiatives that have a global impact.
Because we believe that all sustainability is local, we actively engage with local institutions and coordinate our activities with local initiatives and objectives. Many of these activities are suggested and coordinated by our employees, who volunteer their time and expertise to assist others.
Canada in the Community
Schlumberger Canada’s Literacy for Life—Make the Right Choice program increases the reading and writing ability of students and promotes positive choices among young people. Offered in conjunction with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, to date the program has impacted more than half a million students in hundreds of schools across the country. Schlumberger Canada is an exclusive sponsor. Literacy for Life is also a large component of our overall First Nations plan – for more than 10 years we have been bringing books, author visits and workshops to children in the north.
Supporting Communities Through Geophysical Resources
In 2004, when an earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, triggering a devastating tsunami, Schlumberger partnered with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Foundation to establish Geoscientists Without Borders (GWB). This program provides geophysical resources and expertise to communities in need.
The SEG Foundation launched the program in early 2008 with a $1 million founding grant from Schlumberger. Since then, individuals and corporations around the world have contributed to the expansion of the program. GWB supports projects worldwide to help geoscientists apply their specialized knowledge and technical skills to help mitigate natural disasters in some of the world’s neediest communities.
Each project pairs geoscience students with experienced geoscientists, demonstrating to the students how geoscience and its technologies can aid humanitarian effort, even as it offers real-world experience to the future geophysical workforce. The initiative was honored in 2014 by World Oil as Best Outreach Program.
Work Anniversary in Mexico
We conducted our first well logs in Mexico in 1936 using manually operated equipment, and in 1943 a subsidiary company, Schlumberger Surenco S.A., ran the first electric log in the Poza Rica #25 well. Since then Schlumberger has introduced numerous technologies for every service line in the Company’s portfolio. Today we conduct operations from bases in Villahermosa, Poza Rica, Reynosa, Tampico, Ciudad del Carmen, and Veracruz, as well as from manufacturing and support centers in Monterrey and Mexico City. The Company celebrated its 80th anniversary of operations in Mexico with a variety of events, and for the eighth consecutive year Schlumberger was recognized by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy with a “Socially Responsible Company“ award.
Supporting the Angolan Workforce
Schlumberger Angola is working to accelerate the nationalization of the Angolan workforce and to recruit and retain more local talent. Schlumberger Angola is keeping track of its progress in recruiting, motivating, training, and retaining local employees through its Angolan High Exposure and Accelerated Development (AHEAD) program.
The goals of the AHEAD program are to increase and manage the Angolan pool of talent; to implement local mentoring, coaching, and training; and to enable the Angolans involved to learn new skills. Within the AHEAD program, Schlumberger developed the first Angola Pumping School in Portuguese, providing hands-on training to equipment operators, field specialists, and young supervisors. Recent courses have emphasized practice, high-quality work, and process-oriented services. The development of a strong pipeline of skilled Angolans promises to be very beneficial to Schlumberger as well.
Houston Astros Program Supplies Ball Fields for Children
Schlumberger is a member of the Houston Astros Community Leaders Program, which supplies newly renovated baseball and softball fields to Houston-area children over a 5-year period.
Social Investment in Ecuador
On its large-footprint projects in Ecuador, Schlumberger Production Management developed a voluntary social investment program to ensure good social and environmental performance across the contracting chain. In a series of workshops with the operator and its first-tier contractors, Schlumberger identified three areas of social investment that all partners agreed would best create shared value for both the community and their businesses: community health, education, and arts and culture. In order to effect measurable long-term benefits and social change to local communities, the partners sought to focus resources by identifying legacy programs that could be revitalized or expanded. This new collaboration across the contracting chain has created a greater awareness of community priorities, understanding of the community’s expectations of the industry, and a new starting point for transformation in the communities where we work and live.
Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Students
During the past 2 decades, Schlumberger has contributed both time and volunteers to help Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas reach its goal of assisting 300,000 local students in grades K through 12. With volunteers participating in approximately 750 classes and events such as golf tournaments, sporting-clays events, and bowl-a-thons, our efforts touched all aspects of Junior Achievement’s operations and training programs. We are proud to support this valuable effort that focuses on developing the entrepreneurial spirit and financial responsibility of today’s youth.
Fundraising to Support Medical Research
Schlumberger employees, retirees, and family members participate in numerous health walks each year to help educate and inspire employees about fitness and health awareness. While participating in these walks, we raise funds for numerous health organizations, including the American Heart Association, Heart and Stroke Walk, JRDF Diabetes Foundation, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Breast Cancer Walkathon, Run For A Cure Africa, the American Cancer Society: Relay For Life, and the March of Dimes. Through the Schlumberger Cycling Club, employees and their family members and friends can participate in year-round fundraising cycling events including the annual Houston-to-Austin ride to help fight multiple sclerosis.