Corporate Responsibility Report 2017-2018
- Health and Safety
in total charitable giving in 2017
in matching gifts from SWN employees in 2017
hours volunteered by SWN employees in 2017
and hundreds of volunteer hours contributed in 2017 to food banks and other organizations working to reduce hunger
contributed over the past five years to support environmental programs that protect and restore waterways and wildlife habitats, including through our freshwater neutral conservation projects
in grants distributed to SWN’s Everyday Heroes program since 2008; the grants support local first responders and public safety organizations and have been used to purchase key equipment and improve operations
SWN works with a number of organizations to enhance schools and provide opportunities for students. We focus particularly on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, because they can help students in our communities gain access to high-skill, high-wage jobs and also build a pipeline of future talent for SWN and our industry. Some of our key efforts in this area include the following:
Since 2009, SWN has sponsored the Southwestern Energy Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair. During that time, we have given more than $190,000 to support this program and have increased our funding commitment to $30,000 per year for the five years from 2015 to 2019. SWN’s expanded commitment has provided funding to help Arkansas educators host regional science fairs in areas where they are not currently available. The money also supports college scholarships for high school seniors who participate in this science fair and plan to major in a STEM discipline at an Arkansas college. In 2017, we also contributed $10,000 to the Northern Panhandle Regional Science Fair in West Virginia. In both Arkansas and West Virginia, these science fairs were in danger of being terminated, and we’re proud that our contributions have helped allow these events to continue.
In Pennsylvania, SWN sponsors and helps to implement the annual Envirothon, a statewide science competition for high school students that brings together the winners of county-level competitions from all over the state. In 2017, we also sponsored the county-level Bradford County and Susquehanna County Envirothons.
SWN is supporting a model STEM program at Wheeling Park High School in West Virginia, part of the Education Alliance’s STEM Network Schools program, which focuses on inquiry-based science and math education, project-based group learning and career awareness. In 2017, the school continued to expand a technology-focused “makers space,” which SWN helped to fund.
SWN joined with several other oil and gas operators in Pennsylvania to bring MOL-U, a mobile oilfield learning unit, to area middle schools in 2017. The MOL-U is a $1.2 million traveling educational exhibit that includes six learning stations with 24 hands-on activities covering key elements of oil and gas exploration and production. The curriculum teaches key math and science concepts and is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. The MOL-U visited 25 schools and engaged 3,000 students during its 4,000 mile tour of Pennsylvania.
At our headquarters near Houston, SWN participates in several high school internship programs that give local students an opportunity to work with SWN employees on real-world STEM projects in our industry. Depending on the program, students may visit SWN sites for a single day or work with us for up to three months. As a part of these programs, students learn about the oil and gas value chain and participate in mock projects to develop innovative ways to create value for the company.
In 2017, SWN gave $8,000 in unsolicited donations to six local high school STEM clubs in West Virginia. We view these donations as a first step in building relationships with local schools and encouraging innovative STEM projects. Since 2008, SWN has also provided grants to high schools in Arkansas to fund equipment and assistance for programs that support science, math and technology. Between 2008 and 2017, we contributed $481,000 through this program.
In 2016, we implemented the Southwestern Energy Endowed Fund for Student Research at the University of Central Arkansas. Through this fund, SWN has contributed $100,000 per year for three years to fund undergraduate and masters degree student research in key STEM fields, including physics, environmental science and geography.
Since 2013, SWN has participated in Comp-U-Dopt, a Houston-based program to recycle and refurbish computers and other information technology equipment no longer needed by local corporations to donate to local schools. SWN has contributed $125,000 to the program to date, and SWN employees have given 440 hours of volunteer time.
contributed to support petroleum technology and STEM education since 2008
donated to Junior Achievement since 2007
hours volunteered to Junior Achievement since 2007
students reached through Junior Achievement since 2007