Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Community And Stakeholder Engagement
We are members of industry groups, such as the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), where we are recognized as an ESG leader through our engagement with the ESG subcommittee, and Energy Workforce and Technology Council (EWTC), where we also participate in the ESG subcommittee. With both of these organizations, we attend roundtables where stakeholder issues are discussed and consider peer company best practices. We respect the people in communities where we operate and are receptive to their concerns.
Our customers, as leasehold owners, are primarily responsible for addressing community feedback regarding operations on their land. While our customers are primarily responsible for taking the necessary steps to engage with local communities where operations occur, we participate in these community discussions alongside our customers when appropriate. As discussed in “Talent Recruitment, Retention and Development,” we seek to hire workers in the communities near where we operate. We also prioritize procurement of services and materials from local suppliers in our areas of operations where practicable. Procurement from local suppliers helps to support local communities and economic development in the communities where we operate.
Supporting the Community
We care about the communities where we operate and participate in local efforts to support those communities. We are thankful to be able to give back to these organizations and communities in a meaningful way. Some examples of these efforts include:
Celebrating Women In Energy
Kathryn Roark, VP Diversity & ESG has been named one of the 25 Influential Women in Energy for 2023 by Hart Energy and the Oil and Gas Investor. This program honors professional women who have excelled in every oil and gas industry sector, including exploration and production, acquisitions and divestitures, oilfield services, midstream, finance, ESG and the energy transition.
Habitat for Humanity | Midland
Universal’s Permian team was honored to partner with Midland Habitat for Humanity to build at the Cloverdale Road development and advance their mission of accelerating and broadening access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
Bikes for Goodness Sake
Patterson-UTI’s HR team partnered with the non-profit, Bikes for Goodness Sake, to build 20 bikes for children in need in the Houston area. Bikes for Goodness Sake is a 501c(3) charitable organization based in Austin, TX with a mission to share to Goodness of Bicycles with underprivileged children through sponsored corporate charity bike build events.
Saving Nature | Colombia
We have supported Saving Nature’s reforestation project along a wildlife corridor in the Andean Cloud Forest of Colombia, which supports biodiversity and provides benefits to the local community through employment opportunities paying well above minimum wage.
I-20 Wildlife Preserve
We are contributors to the I-20 Wildlife Preserve in the Permian Basin that helps ensure conservation, restoration, education, research and enjoyment of the urban playa. Our involvement further supports our biodiversity commitment.
Small Steps Nurturing Center
We are a supporter of the Small Steps Nurturing Center, which operates two preschools for economically at-risk children living in inner-city Houston.
Little White Oak Bayou
Patterson-UTI employees and their families participated in the Volunteer Trash Bash, cleaning up Little White Oak Bayou in Houston.
MS Directional | Community BBQ Cook Off Participants
Our MS Directional BBQ supported local communities by participating in multiple BBQ Cook-offs. The 18th Annual AADE National Board of Directors’ Fin, Feather, Fur Food Festival as well as the 5th Annual Daniel Energy Partners’ Permian Basin BBQ Cook-off.
Additionally, in certain geographic areas where we operate, we liaise with the local indigenous communities to discuss employment opportunities, understand and adhere to appropriate hiring guidelines, and maintain positive relationships. Finally, in partnership with other organizations, and in order to engage and help educate future leaders in our industry, we help provide training to students and education.
PTEN Cares Food Drive - We held the PTEN Cares Food Drive across the Company, which was employee led and supported, providing food items to local food pantries and organizations in the regions where we operate. We supported more than 20 organizations and provided thousands of pounds of canned food and other non-perishable
Sky High for Kids - We contributed to Sky High for Kids, whose primary mission is to bring communities together to provide comfort, fund research and save lives of those fighting pediatric cancer and other lifethreatening conditions.
Career Day - Mead Middle School Anthony Parker, Sr. HSE Advisor at MS Directional is proud to present at Career Day for Mead Middle School in Aldine ISD.
Tree Pittsburgh - Universal partnered with environmental non-profit organizations like Tree Pittsburgh to make a greener tomorrow for our communities.