Working With Communities
We seek to participate in constructive community engagement and minimize negative impacts. Before we make an investment or commence any new operation, we apply several key processes and practices to ensure we have identified local community and stakeholder concerns and are effectively mitigating any known associated risks.
Murphy communicates with host country and community stakeholders, including regulators, nongovernmental organizations and other policy influencers, to better understand the issues applicable to our operations and to mitigate potential risks to the company’s license to operate. This engagement is carried out in accordance with our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
In the US, community stakeholders can raise concerns or grievances directly with the Land Department using an owner relations number and website. Murphy landowners are assigned a surface landman for any concerns, and landowners can also reach out directly to their respective landman to address any issue.
In Canada, as in the US, community stakeholders can raise concerns or grievances directly with the Land Department team members, and via an emergency contact telephone number maintained by Murphy. The Land Department is responsible for collecting, recording and assessing all community and stakeholder concerns or grievances. The surface land team maintains responsibility for response and resolution, as per the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) and Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) public consultation guidelines.
Respect and dignity for everyone is a cornerstone of the way we do business and to our success. To Murphy, the value “Do Right Always” means that we respect all people.
Murphy’s Human Rights Policy acknowledges our longstanding commitment to the dignity and rights of all people, as well as our resolve to identify and reasonably eliminate or minimize any negative impact our activities may have on human rights in the communities where we do business. Our commitment includes a complete prohibition against child labor and the recognition that access to water is a fundamental human right. It is further guided by the principles set forth in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In Canada, where Indigenous people are members of the local community, our actions are guided specifically by our Indigenous Rights Policy. When engaging and collaborating with Indigenous groups, Murphy will respect the spirit and intent of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and its guiding principles, within the context of existing Canadian law and the associated commitments and roles that governments in those jurisdictions have relative to Indigenous groups.
Investing in Our Communities
We invest in our communities to build the local workforce, expand opportunities and support specific community needs. We view these efforts as much more than philanthropy. They are strategic investments in the communities that support us and increase the critical talents and services we and our communities need.
- Murphy is a founding member of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER) program in the Eagle Ford Shale. STEER was created in large part to support positive developments that are beneficial for the local communities and to successfully integrate the oil and natural gas industry into the region. In January 2020, STEER completed its merger with the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA).
- The El Dorado Promise is a unique scholarship program established by Murphy Oil Corporation in 2007. Through a $50 million commitment from the company, the Promise enables graduates of El Dorado High School, who have been enrolled in the school district since at least the ninth grade, to have their college tuition and mandatory fees paid at any public or private, regionally accredited university in the US (capped at the highest annual resident tuition at an Arkansas public university). Because of this special scholarship program, the college enrollment rate of El Dorado High School graduates has surpassed state and national levels. For more information visit: www.eldoradopromise.com
- For more than half a century, Murphy has been committed to giving and volunteering in our communities. We have built partnerships with educational, civic and charitable initiatives in the communities in which we operate to support this work. For example, Murphy employees annually participate in a campaign to raise funds and volunteer time for the United Way. Murphy’s long-term partnership with the United Way began over 50 years ago, and has served to increase employees’ awareness of the needs of their fellow citizens. Over the last 20 years, Murphy and its employees contributed a total of more than $15 million to benefit United Way organizations, including the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- We recognize and support the positive impact our employees make. From volunteering as youth sports coaches to working at women’s shelters, building homes and planting trees, and serving on city government commissions, school boards and chambers of commerce, Murphy employees give enthusiastically of themselves, and of their time, to strengthen their communities.
- Through our Employee Gift Matching Program, offered to employees in North America, we match qualified donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Through the Employee Gift Matching Program, the company increases its match of employee contributions 2:1 for educational institutions.