Doing It Right
Responsible Care®, now on board in our Canadian Oil and Gas Division, shows that Nexen is true to our communities.
Leading the Way
Nexen was the first upstream oil and gas company to adopt Responsible Care®. This is a commitment to continuous improvement in all aspects of a company's environmental, health and safety performance, which ensures openness about our activities and achievements.
In October 2010, our Canadian Oil and Gas Division successfully achieved Responsible Care® “In-Place” verification status. The verification was conducted by an external team consisting of industry experts, a national community representative and leaders chosen by the communities where we operate. Through a series of interviews and documentation reviews, the external reviewers verify tangible evidence that our management system processes are effective, while ensuring we meet applicable commitments within the three codes of practice. Once verified, all Responsible Care® facilities undergo re-verification every three years.
In 2012, we continued with an innovative training program designed to bring operators together from different regions. Dubbed ‘Responsible Care® 101’, a two-day offsite workshop brought together all operators from our Alberta-based Conventional Oil & Gas division. The training session included interactive, hands-on exercises, case studies and group discussions, with the overall goal to instill a deeper familiarity with the Responsible Care® ethic in day-to-day operating practices.
Also in 2012, an Operator Code of Ethics (PDF 0.2MB) was signed by senior operators and posted in all offices; the code is a voluntary commitment to the Responsible Care® ethic and aligns with Nexen’s Way and the HSE&SR Policy.
Nexen’s Canadian Oil and Gas division received the Improvement in Safety Award in 2012 from the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), the founder of the Responsible Care® program. The award recognizes companies that show a 20% reduction in Total Recordable Incident Frequency (TRIF) per year, over three consecutive years. While this is a very significant achievement, we continue to work toward our ultimate goal of zero injuries and zero harm to personnel.