Stewardship in Action: Community Outreach
Schlumberger employees are involved in a wide range of workplace initiatives and community projects that help build local capacity. Many of these initiatives involve education, particularly in STEM subjects. We also celebrate diversity and promote health and safety wherever we live and work.
A Vision for Sustainability
Jean-François Poupeau, Executive Vice President Corporate Engagement, spoke on the topic of sustainability at a global oil and gas conference hosted by UBS. Poupeau highlighted Schlumberger’s commitment to its stakeholders and emphasized how the Company’s core values of people, technology, and profits guide its approach to the environment, community engagement, corporate governance, and ethics. He went on to describe several initiatives that are helping Schlumberger achieve its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives.
Schlumberger Joins IPIECA
Schlumberger was the first company to become an associate member of IPIECA, an international oil and gas association that promotes best practices in environmental and social issues. IPIECA is the industry’s principal channel of communication with the United Nations on sustainability programs. Associate membership is open to companies providing services relating to exploration, production, treatment, storage, or transportation. The Company’s association with IPIECA became effective in January 2017, and through IPIECA’s Social Responsibility Working Group, Schlumberger was involved in mapping the oil & gas industry to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Atlas.
Celebrating First National Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Schlumberger Canada hosted its first National Indigenous Peoples of Canada celebration. Attended by dozens of Schlumberger employees, the celebration featured three keynote speakers from indigenous communities and support organizations. The event provided an opportunity for employees to learn more about the indigenous people of Canada and the relationship between indigenous people and the energy industry.
Energy Day 2017
Schlumberger sponsored and took part in Energy Day 2017 in Denver, Colorado, and Houston, Texas. Energy Day is a free family festival showcasing numerous exhibits that teach attendees about various forms of energy, including energy efficiency and conservation. The mission of Energy Day is to bridge the gap between education, career adoption, and the STEM and energy industries through fun and interactive exhibits and activities.
Supporting Careers in Science
In 2006, Schlumberger was a founding sponsor of the CGénial Foundation in France, furthering its mission to promote careers for young people in science, technology, and related professions. This sponsorship has continued every year since.
In addition to promoting scientific and technical careers, the foundation works to develop exchanges between youth and the science and business communities, advance science education in middle and high schools, inform young people about major societal issues related to the advancement of science and technology, and bring the world of business and education closer together. Activities in 2017 included bringing engineers and technicians into 373 classrooms to talk to more than 10,000 students about a career in science; bringing more than 2,000 teachers from 23 academic institutions into 130 companies and 209 industrial sites to talk with engineers and technicians; organizing a science competition for 8,315 students from 279 schools in which 324 projects were presented; implementing a new program, “Yes we code!,” for 200 students; and offering an annual prize to promote entrepreneurship.
We Are Girls Conference
Employees volunteered at the We Are Girls Conference held in Houston and Austin, Texas. This conference introduces girls between the ages of eight and 14 to the electrical engineering field. Volunteers facilitated a Build Your Own Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Earrings workshop in which the girls learned the basics of electrical engineering, electric circuits, and soldering. The volunteers then assisted participants in soldering their own pair of LED earrings. In Austin, girls made simple and parallel circuits using paper, copper tape, LEDs, and three-volt coin-cell batteries. Participants gained a better understanding of careers in engineering and greater confidence in themselves.
Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Schlumberger employees volunteered at two Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation summer camp adventures at Houston-area schools. Employees introduced hundreds of elementary school students to careers in engineering and facilitated buoyancy and circuitry experiments. This experience generated an interest in STEM for many of the participants and helped fulfill the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s mission to “improve the quality of life for Houstonians of all ages through the power of literacy.”
Work Experience Program in England
The Schlumberger Stonehouse Technology Center hosted 15 students in grades 11 and 12 for a week-long work experience program. The students visited many Schlumberger facilities, participating in activities to help them learn about E&P and the integral part that STEM fields play in the industry. Manufacturing, supply chain logistics, and computer programing seminars also gave them an opportunity to develop a wide breadth of knowledge and skills that will better prepare them for their continuing education and eventual careers.
Annual SPE Technical Conference and Exhibition
During the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston and the Annual Technical Conference Exhibition in San Antonio, Schlumberger sponsored energy education workshops for more than 300 teachers and students from Texas high schools. Workshops consisted of an interactive presentation by Energy4Me and a guided conference tour by Schlumberger volunteers. During the tour, participants had the opportunity to see displays highlighting Schlumberger technology, software, and mechanical equipment.
Technology Engagement Program in Nigeria
Schlumberger launched the Technology Engagement Program for undergraduate students at the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria. The initiative focused on developing the competencies of talented undergraduates from Nigerian universities in building software technologies to address E&P industry needs. Over a six-week period, students underwent intensive training and mentorship in the development of software technologies to address shortfalls in seismic interpretation and fluid distribution mapping.
Houston Maker Faire
For the second consecutive year, Schlumberger participated in the Houston Maker Faire. The faire appeals to curious minds of all ages and provided exhibits in robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting, virtual reality, and other technologies. At the Schlumberger booth, employees presented Oil-X, a science kit the Company designed to introduce students to petroleum engineering. Oil-X is a fun and interactive way for students to learn about energy while also learning technical concepts such as robotics and coding.
A Decade of Geoscience Aid
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists launched Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB) in 2008 with a five-year grant from Schlumberger, and we have continued our support for the program every year since then.
GWB funds projects that help geoscientists apply their specialized knowledge and technical skills towards supporting humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world. Each project involves students working with experienced geoscientists to learn how to use technologies for humanitarian efforts, providing real-world experience for the students and bringing important social contributions to communities.
To date, GWB has funded 35 projects in 27 countries, enabling geoscientists to help communities in need of groundwater management; earthquake, landslide, tsunami and volcano hazard preparedness; habitat management; pollution mitigation; and archeological investigations.
As an example, in 2016 and 2017 GWB funded a project to examine evidence preserved in the geological record for past tsunami events along the coast of Java, an island of Indonesia. Many coastal communities inhabit areas inundated by past tsunamis. However, most people in these areas, including disaster mitigation agencies, are not aware that they are at risk of recurring tsunamis. This risk is increasing in Indonesia, due mostly to exponential population growth and urbanization in vulnerable coastal regions, and to lack of tsunami hazards awareness.
In 2016, the project team investigated sites along the 1,200-km coast of Java for geological and geophysical evidence of past tsunami events. Investigators found that during the past 400 years there have been 105 tsunamis throughout Indonesia – an average of at least one tsunami every four years. Two of these tsunamis struck the densely populated south coast of Java, but were relatively minor. These findings were presented to more than 2,500 Javanese people through local community-based disaster mitigation organizations. The team also trained disaster mitigation agencies on how to use tsunami-modeling software and develop tsunami inundation maps for their communities. Ten evacuation drills were conducted in four different sites.
On the other side of the world, a GWB-funded team worked in 2016 and 2017 on a project to complete geophysical mapping of two important aquifers in Bolivia. The Challapampa and Punata aquifers supply water to local communities and farmers, serving populations of 300,000 to 400,000 people. Because the aquifers were poorly documented in terms of geometry and variation in aquifer properties, the project team conducted geophysical mapping to provide key information for management and protection of the aquifers, which are being threatened with over-exploitation and decreasing groundwater levels. In addition, groundwater quality is suffering from contamination caused by mining and industrial activities as well as road transport, latrines, pesticides and fertilizers. The GWB project combined its acquisition of information about the aquifers with training of students and with knowledge transfer to local authorities within the groundwater and environmental sector.
In 2010, GWB funded a pollution mitigation project after 40 years of aggressive mining and ore processing in Romania’s Ampoi Valley. GWB project leaders and students used near-surface geophysical and geochemical investigations to map the area’s soil and aquifers for quality and degree of contamination. After those investigations, the Romanian government constructed a USD 10 million pipeline to bring potable water to local communities.
More than 500 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students in countries around the world have participated in these projects. In 2014, Geoscientists Without Borders was honored by World Oil as Best Outreach Program.