Skip to Content

Social and Economic Impact

Living where we work, recruiting locally, and being a good neighbor have long been a part of the Schlumberger presence in any host country.

By providing employment and training for local workers and procuring goods and services locally, we help our host countries build capacity and resilience at the local level. We take a long-term interest in our communities, often positively influencing community development while at the same time managing our operational risks. This creates shared value—actions that generate business value also generate social value. Our community investment focus is on addressing social issues such as education and health.

Investing Locally

Global Stewardship means that Schlumberger shares the same challenges as our employees, contractors, suppliers, clients, shareholders, families, and communities. As a business and a community of individuals, we care about our impact on society and focus on areas where our organizational strengths, our technological expertise, and cultural values can have the greatest impact.

Philanthropic Activities

Schlumberger’s philanthropic activities are chosen strategically to reflect the Company’s values and long-term interests and to enhance our communities. We focus on a limited range of social issues that call for strategic involvement and partnerships with community organizations.

Most of our donations are categorized as community investments. Our largest are through the Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) and the Schlumberger Foundation’s signature Faculty for the Future programs. Both are strategically aligned to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. We also pursue long-term partnerships with community organizations to address social issues and align with our corporate objectives.

Care Grants

Schlumberger Cares, which is currently being piloted in North America, allows employees to request a grant for any organization at which they volunteer. Grant requests must apply to the educational, health and wellness, and community organizations that are strategically aligned with our business and sustainability objectives.

Commercial Initiatives

Our business-related activities in the community are usually undertaken by our marketing communication departments in partnership with charities and community-based organizations to promote our corporate and brand identities and other policies and guidelines. Our largest commercial investments are donations made to academia for basic and applied research that we conduct in partnership with top universities. We also contribute millions of dollars annually in reservoir software, training, and support to these universities.

Charitable Donations

We offer support to specific causes in response to the needs and appeals of charitable and community organizations, requests from employees, and reactions to events such as emergencies. These donations occur regularly but are directed and recorded by local Schlumberger management and employees regionally. Two examples are the Orphan Day Program in Egypt and our employment program in Ecuador for people with special needs.

Support of the Arts

Our long-standing interest in the arts and art education began in the days of Dominique de Menil, Conrad Schlumberger’s daughter, whose passion for the arts led to the founding of the Menil Collection in Houston. We have continued a partnership with the Menil Collection and have assisted with its educational programming through the years.

Promoting Art within SEED

Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) holds an annual artwork competition for students. Results of the competition have been featured in Schlumberger holiday cards, electronic greetings, SEED screensavers, notebooks, posters, and other promotional items as well as being exhibited in Schlumberger operation centers around the world and in an internationally acclaimed museum.

Human Rights

Schlumberger is committed to supporting the United Nations General Assembly Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our commitment is articulated in the Schlumberger Blue Print in Action–Our Code of Conduct, which states, “Schlumberger endorses the aspirations of the International Bill of Rights and encourages work that augments the contributions that business can make to preserve and respect human dignity”. Schlumberger participates in the United Nations Guiding Principals Reporting Framework, which includes a picture of the Company activities on human rights.

In 2009, we established our social responsibility process and began conducting risk assessments of projects with large footprints in countries where we have new operations, in frontier countries, and in countries with emerging issues. These include Australia, Chad, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Romania, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and the United States.

In 2010, Schlumberger reviewed 400 statements of Company policy, standards, and guidelines against the Business and Human Rights Matrix developed by the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, creating a comprehensive map of the relevant human rights issues and gaps to be addressed by Schlumberger.

In 2011, we completed a review of customer and peer human rights statements and policies to further our understanding of the United Nations’ “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, a declaration clarifying the responsibilities of business in relation to human rights.

In 2013, Schlumberger introduced a new Social and Environmental Management Standard for large-footprint projects.

In 2014, we revised our Security Standard to incorporate a reference to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

In 2015, Schlumberger developed preliminary alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Supply Chain

In today’s competitive global economy, we know that strong relationships with our suppliers are essential to meeting our own needs, the needs of our customers, and local content.

We only procure goods and services from financially stable, technically qualified, and reliable sources. Our preferred suppliers are those who work with us in a professional, ethical, competitive, and cost-effective manner consistent with Schlumberger policies, procedures, and business objectives. When evaluating potential suppliers, Schlumberger considers delivery price, reliability, operational costs, and after-sales support.

Schlumberger Supply Chain Services provides our field and manufacturing locations with supplier management, strategic sourcing, logistics, and inventory management. Supply chain processes are regularly reviewed to ensure quality in our services and products. Every supplier we select must comply with Schlumberger standards.

Guiding Principles: Our Corporate Values

Schlumberger is committed to, and expects from its employees and suppliers, the highest ethical standards of business conduct and compliance with laws and regulations in the countries where we operate. These standards are incorporated into our Code of Conduct and our daily supply chain activities.

Health, Safety, and the Environment

Prevention of accidental risk and loss from process failure is an integral part of our continuous improvement culture. Suppliers must provide all products and services to specified HSE standards and should monitor these standards using a quality assurance program. Supplier staff and delivery partners must comply with local HSE requirements and laws.

Local Hiring

Whenever possible, Schlumberger hires workers where we work. Hiring locally helps to ensure that we invest in the regional economy through local employment and supplier opportunities, and it helps local economies expand their business opportunities while also fostering our involvement with the community. Moreover, foreign nationals working in their home countries better understand the challenges of doing business there. This local hiring practice establishes a hospitable and receptive environment for our businesses in foreign markets and it helps our Company expand its global footprint in a competitive marketplace. In addition, it is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, and to promote full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Local Suppliers

We invest time and resources to help our local suppliers meet our stringent quality and HSE standards. Our investment in things such as safety training, driver training, installation of in-vehicle monitors, and vehicle maintenance standards helps build the competitiveness of local vendors. All of our social investments in local suppliers are underpinned by core principles: they must be connected to our business and rooted in the communities where we work; and they must be focused, streamlined, and accountable.

Information for Potential Schlumberger Suppliers

Schlumberger Supply Chain Services distributes detailed information about procurement policies and guidelines, processes, and the procedure for becoming an approved supplier. We share this information with potential suppliers to ensure mutually supportive relationships.

Supply Chain Management

Schlumberger maintains a Supplier Management Dashboard that analyzes our spending by supplier, commodity, geography, business segment, legacy company, and trends over time. Schlumberger supplier managers are responsible for evaluating suppliers against our established performance metrics in order for them to be included in our approved supplier list. In addition, total procurement spending is presented in the analysis.

Raising the Bar Together

At Schlumberger, we require that our suppliers support relationships promoting responsible, collaborative, social, environmental, and economic practices. We seek suppliers who can demonstrate these commitments:

  • implementing risk-based due diligence processes to gauge actual or potential adverse impacts associated with labor and working conditions
  • establishing similar guidelines for their own suppliers concerning labor and working conditions
  • complying with the laws, rules, and regulations of the countries where they operate
  • adhering to existing industry guidelines, in particular, those that are more stringent than local laws.
Sustainability Initiatives in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain Sustainability

OneSubsea worked closely with the Woodside contracting and procurement team in Australia to help the Company develop a more comprehensive framework to manage its overall supply chain risks with respect to sustainability. By reviewing the Woodside supply chain elements, OneSubsea was able to better understand where equipment materials are sourced, which subcontractors are involved, and the process used to determine supplier suitability as well as employment terms and conditions.

Identifying New Local Capacity

Schlumberger is investigating the feasibility of supplier capacity-building programs in several countries. In Mexico, for example, we have worked extensively with local suppliers to bring their HSE and quality standards to a level that permits them to compete in the U.S. oilfield services sector.

Schlumberger Talent Assessment and Recognition Program Fosters Supply Chain Candidates

The Schlumberger Talent Assessment and Recognition (STAR) Supply Chain Program in Africa focuses on identifying and recognizing African talent, from students to professionals, with industry supply chain experience. Selected students receive sponsorships and internships. Recent graduates join a structured learning and development program for as long as 12 months and then gain access to supply chain job postings around the world. For experienced supply chain professionals, we offer individual training programs and career plans.

Expanded Supplier Network

Schlumberger has examined the quality of suppliers over the past to qualify critical new suppliers in countries such as Argentina, Oman, Egypt, India, and Brazil. As a result, our deeper understanding has revealed previously unforeseen opportunities in local and international markets for projects ranging from the sourcing of raw materials such as sand, guar, and cement to the manufacture and machining of equipment and parts, including cabins, tanks, pressure vessels, and casing accessories.

Battery Recycling Programs—Designed for Supply Chain

Liquid cathode lithium metal batteries are commonly used in the oil and gas industry to power sensors in remote downhole applications.

Schlumberger manufactures custom battery packs made with different liquid cathode lithium chemistries and unique cell electrode constructions, and we recycle almost 100% of the lithium metal batteries we manufacture, which minimizes the environmental impact of our lithium metal battery usage. This high standard is consistently achieved and documented through an ongoing program to routinely audit our waste battery collection points and contracted recycling facility.

Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment Directive
In accordance with the European Union (EU) Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC and Schlumberger environmental procedures and guidelines, Schlumberger provides information to organizations within the European Economic Area (EEA) regarding the presence and location of dangerous materials and preparations, if any, in Schlumberger electrical equipment, as well as information about repairing, maintaining, and processing equipment at the end of its life.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals

Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), a European Union regulation that covers manufacturing, importing, placement, and use of chemical substances, provides a high level of protection to human health and the environment by making people responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with chemical use. In 2016, Schlumberger continued to develop new chemicals and technologies that comply with REACH regulations in Europe. In addition, we reviewed our European chemicals portfolio with a view to reduce our REACH registration costs.

Conflict-Free Minerals

Schlumberger is committed to purchasing only those parts and products containing minerals that have been procured through a validated conflict-free supply chain to avoid the use of minerals that have financed conflict in the covered countries, and we expect our suppliers to abide by the same standard. When a validated conflict-free supply chain or a robust mineral-tracing program is established, we will expect our direct suppliers to procure minerals using only that validated supply chain. If a direct supplier provides us with minerals that have not been procured through a validated supply chain or that are found to have financed conflict, we will recommend that the supplier seek an alternative means of sourcing to prevent possible termination of our relationship with that supplier.

Freely-Chosen Employment

Schlumberger is committed to, and expects from its suppliers, the highest ethical standards of business conduct and compliance with laws and regulations in the countries where we operate. We require that all work is voluntary and that workers are free to leave upon reasonable notice. We prohibit the use of forced, bonded, indentured, or involuntary prison labor.

Back to top