Social responsibility is one of the six Hess Values, reflecting its importance to our company and our stakeholders.
The Hess Value of social responsibility (SR) commits us to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where we do business.
Our approach to SR emphasizes proactive stakeholder engagement, social risk and impact management, and strategic social investments that provide direct and indirect benefits to the communities where we operate. Descriptions of our governance framework, recently refreshed stakeholder engagement and planning process, and approach to social risk management – including human rights – can be found in our 2018 Sustainability Report.
Local Program Highlights
Hess’ global assets and Houston operational headquarters engaged in a variety of local social investment, capacity building and infrastructure improvement opportunities in 2018.
Expanding Education Resources in Houston
Hess continues to support LEAP (Learn, Engage, Advance, Persevere), an educational program managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. LEAP aims to keep at-risk middle school students in school and aspiring toward college or vocational training. After concluding a successful pilot in 2016, we launched LEAP 2.0 – an expanded, three-year program that engages students at three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. Among other activities, the program gives books to elementary-aged students; offers a summer program for middle school students that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and provides college- and career-readiness training to high school students. New for 2018, we funded year-round internships for two students from the high school through the GenesysWorks program. Hess is contributing more than $700,000 annually to LEAP 2.0.
Improving Critical Infrastructure in Louisiana
The LA1 state highway in coastal Louisiana is the primary route for workers and supplies to reach Port Fourchon, which in turn is the jumping off point for moving those workers and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. LA1 is also the only land-based hurricane evacuation route for Port Fourchon and nearby Grand Isle, a barrier island renowned for its fishing and birding habitat. Historically, the low-lying roadway has been impacted by storm surges during each hurricane season; for example, LA1 was closed for four days during Hurricane Isaac in 2012, which was a direct hit to the Louisiana coast. Currently, the roadway often floods even during lower-level storms.
Hess is a member of the LA1 Coalition, a public–private partnership composed of representatives from oil and gas companies, government agencies and the local community. The group has spearheaded efforts to replace a major portion of LA1 near Leeville, Louisiana, with a 19-mile bridge. Hess has contributed $300,000 to the project, which is now about half complete. Additional funding has come from other oil and gas companies and matching government grants, with the remainder to be paid through tolls from road users over the next 35 years. The new elevated roadway is expected to enhance emergency response capability and improve the evacuation route. In addition, beneficial sediment disposition to be performed during construction will create 100-plus acres of wetlands. For more information, see www.la1coalition.org.
Apprenticeships in North Dakota
In December 2018 our Job Experience Training (JET) program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as an official Registered Apprenticeship Program – the first such program in North Dakota’s oil and gas industry. JET is an apprenticeship for reliability operators developed by Hess in 2017, in collaboration with Bismarck State College, to develop local, qualified personnel in North Dakota. Through JET, apprentices are trained in our corporate culture and way of operating, and they “earn while they learn,” gaining job experience while pursuing their education. Since the program’s inception, 15 apprentices have entered the JET program, five have completed the apprenticeship and three have been converted to Hess employees. As a result of the Registered Apprenticeship Program designation, all JET apprentices will earn a U.S. Department of Labor credential formally recognizing their efforts.
Hess Toy Truck STEM Program in North Dakota
Hess collaborated with state education officials and the governor’s office to transform Hess toy trucks into teaching tools. The innovative program bundles our toy trucks with a STEM curriculum that was designed by Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach. In January 2019, Hess shipped 24 toy trucks and STEM kits to each of the 336 elementary schools in North Dakota. The materials will help children learn about energy efficiency, kinetic energy and other STEM-related lessons.
Malaysia Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program
In November 2018, Hess Malaysia was recognized as one of the top corporate citizens in the country by the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) at the annual MY AMCHAM CARES event, which honors AMCHAM members that have shown a commitment to best practice in corporate social responsibility. Hess was commended for its sponsorship of and involvement with the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, which places graduating seniors from U.S. universities in underserved Malaysian secondary schools for 10 months. Administered by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange in coordination with the Malaysia Ministry of Education, the Fulbright ETA Program helps Malaysian students improve their proficiency in English while also promoting goodwill between the ETAs, students, teachers and their communities. In 2018, Hess supported 10 Fulbright ETAs in Kelantan, Malaysia, who taught more than 5,000 students in the classroom and reached an additional 1,000 students in ETA-led “English camps.” Hess employees also contributed by volunteering at the English camps throughout the year.
Capacity Building in Guyana
Through our joint venture in Guyana via the operator, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, Hess is focusing on three key areas of social investment: spending with local suppliers, developing local resources and investing in the community. The joint venture supports a Centre for Local Business Development, for example, which aims to further the capabilities of local Guyanese businesses by helping them build their capacity and improve their competitiveness; providing opportunities for procurement, as well as mentoring, coaching and financial support; and providing information on safety and technical standards. In 2018, the Centre held training sessions for Guyanese residents on waste management, incident response, air-quality monitoring and other safety, security, health and environmental topics. The joint venture has committed a total of $4.5 million to the Centre over a three-year period. Also, more than 1,000 Guyanese are now employed in joint venture activities (either as direct employees or contractors), and the joint venture is using nearly 500 Guyanese vendors for goods and services, spending $58 million with Guyanese companies in 2018.