Our company has integrated social responsibility (SR) into the way we do business every day, proactively engaging with communities and stakeholders in all our areas of operation.
Hess’ approach to SR centers on three focus areas: stakeholder engagement, social risk and impact management, and strategic social investments that facilitate direct and indirect local benefits. These efforts help us to maximize our business value, manage social risks and impacts and create opportunities for stakeholders.
Supporting Hurricane Harvey Recovery in Houston
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hess convened the cross-functional Hurricane Harvey Recovery Team (HHRT) to allow for a coordinated, holistic response to the needs of our employees and the greater Houston community. Hess’ HHRT executed a variety of actions to meet the following key objectives:
- Implement an employee assistance program
- Identify and mitigate business continuity issues
- Deliver communications to stakeholders to help the workforce recover, meet business objectives, minimize disruption and enhance our reputation
- Prioritize and implement a social responsibility program to support community recovery efforts
- Capture lessons learned from the HHRT to develop standard work for future recovery efforts
To address the needs of the community, we donated $1 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation). This fund provided emergency supplies such as food, water and medicine, in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help impacted individuals recover and rebuild.
We also established a matching gift program for employees worldwide who wanted to make a personal donation to one of three relief organizations that our company would match, and we accelerated the annual United Way fundraising campaign in our Houston operational headquarters. These efforts raised $645,000, which was disbursed as follows:
- $250,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
- $55,000 to the American Red Cross
- $340,000 to the United Way of Houston
In addition, our Houston kitchen staff prepared 10,000 hot meals for evacuees and first responders. We also donated 19,000 Hess Toy Trucks to first responders for their holiday toy drives and to schools near our Houston office to brighten the holidays for children impacted by the hurricane.
The immediate emergency response efforts are discussed further in the Safety and Health section of our 2017 Sustainability Report, and the employee assistance program is further detailed in the Our People section.