At Apache, we work to build lasting relationships with the communities in which we operate. Our approach is to first listen to the needs of the communities and seek to ensure our presence has a positive impact.
Part of those efforts include community partnerships that enable philanthropic giving to community causes that address local needs and align with Apache’s values. Our giving programs span numerous causes, including conservation, education, health initiatives and military appreciation among others.
At the core of our business, we believe that conservation of our natural resources goes hand-in-hand with responsible energy development. Our operational philosophy and commitment to safety underpin our approach, and our community partnership programs in conservation further support these objectives. For example, through the Apache Tree Grant Program, we have donated more than 4.7 million trees to nonprofits and governmental organizations in the United States. Apache has a long history of collaborating with public parks and has supported improvement and repair projects in the communities where we operate. We have also worked proactively with the McDonald Observatory in West Texas to develop light pollution reduction measures for our facilities and our industry, and we continue to work with the Observatory to help educate others in our industry and in the community about the importance of protecting the dark skies.
The health of our employees and our communities is critically important, and we seek to identify community partnership opportunities that promote wellness and healthy living. For example, Apache is the title sponsor of the Tour de Houston, an annual bike ride through the city supporting the City of Houston and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for restoration and tree planting projects. We also support the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in programs designed to accelerate the conversion of scientific discoveries into clinical advances and significantly reduce cancer mortality rates. In the U.K, Apache has partnered with Maggie’s Aberdeen Cancer Care Centre since its opening in 2013. Our long-term support has enabled over 37,000 cancer patients and their families to benefit from vital services provided by cancer support specialists, nutritionists and psychologists. In Suriname, we support training and education for nurses who work at the Diabetic Center and sponsored much-needed medical supplies through Project C.U.R.E.
We support active U.S. military personnel and their families through our partnership with the United Services Organization (USO). Apache employees have assembled thousands of personal care kits including snacks, toiletries and other goods to be sent to service members deployed overseas and have also assembled bicycles for children of active military members. In the Permian Basin, employees have volunteered to “adopt” soldiers, purchasing care packages for individual service members with items such as snacks and toiletries. Each employee includes a note in each care package before it gets sent off to a deployed soldier.
These are just a few examples of ways Apache endeavors to assist our communities. Read more about our partnerships in our Sustainability Report.