Corporate Social Responsibility - Achievements 

Devon Energy is committed to conducting its business lawfully, ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We believe exemplary performance in the areas of environmental, health and safety (EHS) is essential to fulfill our business goals and meet the expectations of our many stakeholders. Our tradition of safety and environmental stewardship is illustrated by achievement.

  

2013 EPA Phoenix Award: Devon Energy Center, completed in 2012, was chosen as the nation’s top environmental and sustainable development project. Devon's headquarters was picked from among the winning projects in each of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 10 regions.

 

2013 LEED gold certification: Devon Energy Center received this rare distinction from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). It is among the largest U.S. buildings with the gold designation. 

 

2012 Bruno Hansen/Midland College Environmental Excellence Award: Recognizes many years of dedicated leadership in protecting, restoring, and enhancing range land and wildlife habitat in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico.

 

2012 Union Pacific’s Pinnacle Award for Chemical Transportation Safety: Devon’s Bridgeport, Texas plant rail-loading facility received this award in recognition of safe loading practices and safe handling of gas products. It was Devon’s third year to receive the award.

 

2012 American Carbon Registry’s Innovation Award: Presented for Devon’s creation of the first U.S. carbon offset protocol for the oil and natural gas industry. In the event Congress ever passes a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, this protocol essentially gives Devon credit for emissions saved by a particular valve placed on older wells.

 

2011 Compass Award, Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium: The Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium has recognized Devon with the 2011 Compass Award in the large company category. The award was given in recognition of Devon’s exemplary efforts in leadership, organizational culture, open communications and corporate social responsibility. The consortium is made up of business leaders and educators who work to bring recognition to Oklahoma as a state that values integrity in business.

 

2010 Union Pacific Chemical Transportation Safety – Pinnacle Award: Devon’s Bridgeport, Texas, plant rail-loading facility was named in 2011 as a recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Chemical Transportation Safety for the previous year. The plant received the award from Union Pacific Corp. in recognition of safe loading practices and safe handling of gas products. It is Devon’s third year to receive the award.

 

2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Continuing Excellence Award: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored Devon for the company’s ongoing work to reduce emissions from its production facilities across the United States. The Continuing Excellence Award was presented through the agency’s Natural Gas STAR program, a voluntary partnership of industry and government to reduce methane emissions. The award marks the fifth time the Natural Gas STAR program has recognized Devon for its accomplishments.

 

2010 Newsweek ‘Green Rankings’ List: For the second straight year, Devon ranked high among energy producers on Newsweek magazine’s “green rankings” list. The list, which considers only companies in the S&P 500, ranked Devon 228th overall, eighth in the oil and natural gas sector and second among independent producers.

 

2010 Steward of Excellence recipient, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers recognized Devon with its Steward of Excellence for Environmental Performance Award. The award honored an innovative minimal disturbance technique spearheaded by Devon in partnership with several Grande Prairie-based contractors, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Devon was also recognized for its work with the Horn River Producers Group, which received the Steward of Excellence Award in the Social Category for its proactive and collaborative work in northeastern British Columbia communities.

 

2010 Shared Footprints Award, Alberta Emerald Foundation: Devon and its partners were honoured for Excellence in Integrated Land Management for the Innovative Pipelining Strategies initiative. The Shared Footprints Award celebrates the outstanding efforts to manage and reduce the human-caused footprint of activity on Alberta’s landscape. The main criteria for success included showing how multiple organizations worked together to achieve measurable outcomes. Devon is the first company to be honored with this recognition.

 

2010 Steward of Excellence recipient, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: Devon received CAPP's Environmental Performance Award for dramatically reducing the width of access roads in forested areas and for using waste wood in road construction rather than burning it. Devon is the only company to receive a Steward of Excellence award each of the last three years.

 

2010 U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s National Training Center: For seven years, employees in Devon’s Artesia, N.M., field office have been hosting training for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). For three of those seven years, including 2010, the BLM National Training Center has recognized Devon for the partnership. In addition to offering a location for the training, employees scheduled training exercises for the students on handling and measurement of production at Devon’s facilities for hands-on experience as well as provided the BLM with documentation on those facilities for inspection purposes.

 

2010 U.S. Green Building Council – LEED Silver Certification: Devon’s new data center in Oklahoma City was recently certified through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system. LEED buildings are built to the most advanced standards of environmental technology and have lower operating costs because they are more efficient, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The data center was recognized with the organization’s LEED Silver certification.

 

2010 The BCA-Ten: Best Companies Supporting the Arts: Presented by Americans for the Arts, this award honors 10 U.S. companies. Devon, which was nominated by Allied Arts, is the first Oklahoma company ever named to the list.



2009 Pinnacle Award, Union Pacific Chemical Transportation Safety:
Union Pacific Corp. has named Devon’s Bridgeport, Texas, plant rail-loading facility the 2009 recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Chemical Transportation Safety. The recognition was awarded to Devon for exhibiting safe loading practices and safe handling of gas products. This is Devon’s second year to receive the award.


2009 Steward of Excellence recipient, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: Devon received the President's Award for its pipeline trenching innovation, which dramatically reduces surface disturbance. The new technique, which is now Devon's standard practice for agricultural land, minimizes trench size and relies on specially designed compacting equipment to eliminate the risk of sunken ditches.

 

2009 Producer of the Year Award: Oilsands Review Magazine has named Devon the 2009 Producer of the Year. Determined by the editorial boards of June Warren Publishing, the recognition was awarded to Devon as a result of the company's approach to business, the land, environment and community.

 

2009 Newsweek 'Green Rankings' List: Devon was the top-ranked independent producer of natural gas and oil on Newsweek magazine's inaugural 'green rankings' list. The list, which considered only companies in the S&P 500, ranked Devon 160th overall. The magazine cited Devon's "strong management" for maintaining compliance with government standards. It also noted that the company designates a greenhouse gas issues team to monitor global warming issues.

 

2009 One Million Acre Award: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management presented this award for Devon’s role in helping to restore one million acres of public land in New Mexico. Devon was a founding partner in the agency’s Restore New Mexico program and since 2005 has rehabilitated land near old, abandoned oil and gas wells. Along with the obvious visible benefits, this partnership has helped keep the lesser prairie chicken and the sand dune lizard off the threatened or endangered species lists.

 

2009 National SAFE Award: The U.S. Department of Interior recognized Devon Energy with a national award for its outstanding environmental and safety performance in the Gulf of Mexico. The Minerals Management Service, which regulates offshore drilling and production for the Interior Department, presented its 2009 national SAFE (Safety Award for Excellence) award to Devon in the high-activity operator category. The SAFE program recognizes exceptional performance by Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas operators and contractors.

 

2009 Conservation Award: The New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts recognized Devon for its participation in the Restore New Mexico with the Carlsbad Soil and Water Conservation District. Devon assisted with weed control programs and partners with the conservation district on various restoration projects in southeast New Mexico.

 

2008 Chairman’s Stewardship Award from the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission: The multi-state government agency presented its highest honor for environmental stewardship, recognizing Devon’s development of technology that recycles 85 percent of water recovered from well completions in the Barnett Shale natural gas field. Devon transports the treated water to other well sites for reuse. The recycling program is the first of its kind permitted for long-term use by industry regulators in Texas.

 

2008 EPA Natural Gas STAR Program’s Continuing Excellence Award: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited Devon’s consistency in reporting methane emission reductions since 2003, when the company joined the voluntary program. Devon also was recognized for its development and sharing of technology and its leadership in promoting emissions reduction within the industry. The Continuing Excellence Award marks the fourth time the Natural Gas STAR program has recognized Devon’s achievements.

 

2008 Excellence in the Use of Technology Award: Devon has been nationally recognized for establishing a standard of excellence in the use of technology by the Bureau of Land Management at the National Fluid and Minerals Conference. Devon was also recognized for becoming a leader in the use of technology, using geospatial data for planning exploration and development in an environmentally friendly manner in Southeast New Mexico.

 

2008 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Best Management Practices Award for a Technology-based, Holistic Approach to Oil and Gas Development: Devon has been nationally recognized by the BLM at the National Fluid and Minerals Conference for environmental leadership and creativity in reducing the footprint of oil and natural gas development on public lands in New Mexico. Devon was honored for the use of environmental best management practices, which helps achieve safe, environmentally responsible resource development, by preventing, avoiding, or mitigating adverse environmental or social impacts.

 

2008 U.S Department of Interior Cooperative Conservation Award: The U.S. Secretary of Interior awarded the Cooperative Conservation Award to the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management and Devon as partner for the "Restore New Mexico" program. The national award was based on the terms of excellent collaboration to restore critical wildlife habitat in southeast New Mexico.

 

2007 U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) “Restore New Mexico” Award: This state award is given to BLM partners who go above and beyond responsible business and environmental practices to restore and enhance rangelands in New Mexico. Devon was recognized for reclaiming oil and gas field locations built by other operators to restore habitat for the sand dune lizard and lesser prairie chicken. The organization also recognized Devon’s efforts to develop and implement a series of Best Management Practices to minimize or mitigate impacts of oil and gas development, such as interim reclamation once wells are drilled.

 

2006 Gold Champion Level Reporter for Canadian Greenhouse Gas Challenge Registry: As a result of the company's proactive approach to emission reduction, the Canadian Standards Association has recognized Devon with this top-level designation in 2006. The company continually seeks to reduce our emissions through innovation and thee implementation of technology, as well we support educational programs that encourage emission reduction with employees and residents in the company's areas of operation.

 

2006 Platinum Level Member of CAPP's Stewardship Initiative: Devon's Canadian division currently holds the highest standing in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Stewardship program as a Platinum Level Member. The company was awarded platinum level status by CAPP for Environmental, Health and Safety Stewardship in 2006. This status recognizes that Devon participates in periodic external audits of the company’s EH&S management systems, implementation and performance by independent parties.

 

2006 GPA President’s Award for Safety Improvement: Devon’s midstream division recently received the President’s Award for Safety Improvement from the Gas Processors Association. The President’s Award recognizes companies that improve their safety performance using past performance as a benchmark. Devon was awarded for achieving a 25 percent or greater reduction in the total recordable incident rates compared to the average of those incident rates from the past three years. Devon was among only a handful of companies to receive the award. 

 

2006 District Safety Award for Excellence: Devon’s offshore operations in the Lafayette districts of the Gulf of Mexico won the 2006 SAFE award from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, based on the company’s record of safety, environmental and regulatory compliance.

 

2006 EPA Best Workplace for Commuters: The Environmental Protection Agency ranked Devon first among Fortune 500 energy producers honored as Best Workplaces for Commuters. The agency recognized Devon’s commitment to air quality and reduced traffic congestion, as well as the company’s commuter employee-benefit programs.

 

2005 District Safety Award for Excellence: Devon’s offshore operations in the Lake Charles and Lafayette districts of the Gulf of Mexico won the 2005 SAFE award from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, based on the company’s record of safety, environmental and regulatory compliance.

 

2005 NARO Industry Relations Award: Devon received the National Industry Relations Award from the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO). The award was presented to the oil and gas company who did the most work for royalty owners. Devon was nominated based on four criteria: commitment to open communications via a hotline, brochure and explanatory check stub; royalty owner feedback; positive discussions with company public affairs representatives; and a tour of the company's operations for royalty owners from across the country.

 

2005 EPA Natural Gas STAR Production Partner of the Year: The Environmental Protection Agency honored Devon for its commitment to promoting clean air through the reduction of methane emissions. The agency recognized the company with its 2005 Natural Gas STAR Production Partner of the Year award, citing Devon’s unprecedented accomplishments in cutting the volume of natural gas emitted from its production operations. Devon captured 5.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas under the program in 2004, which is enough gas to heat more than 70,000 homes for a year. Natural Gas STAR is a voluntary program that includes 23 of the nation’s top 25 natural gas producers.

 

2005 EPA Best Workplace for Commuters: The Environmental Protection Agency ranked Devon among the top 20 Best Workplaces for Commuters in recognition of the company’s commitment to air quality and reduced traffic congestion. Devon was listed in a tie for 13th with El Paso Corp. and Nike Inc.

 

2005 IOGCC Chairman’s Stewardship Award: The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission recognized Devon with its 2005 Chairman’s Stewardship Award for exemplary efforts in conservation and environmental protection. The company was honored for its emission reduction programs and for its habitat preservation work in southern Arizona. Devon has established itself as an industry leader in the voluntary reduction of methane emissions through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Natural Gas STAR program. The commission also recognized Devon for its partnership with the Tucson Audubon Society to restore 300 acres of wildlife habitat along the Santa Cruz River.

 

2005 CAPP Steward of Excellence Award: The Canadian Association for Petroleum Producers recognized Devon with its 2005 President’s Award for the company’s integrated approach to water management. The company teams with government agencies and industry committees to develop sustainable water management practices. Its management policy calls for an operational focus on water that includes tracking and reporting on water usage as well as community involvement and educational programs.

 

2005 Major Reclamation Award: The Alberta Chamber of Resources in Canada recognized Devon with its 2005 Major Reclamation Award for development and promotion of new technology designed to conserve topsoil around well sites. The company was honored for its use of the Roto-Trimmer, a machine designed to remove and salvage topsoil in some of Canada’s most challenging frozen environments. The machine is a key component of Devon’s Best Management Practices program for reducing the impact of drilling and conserving valuable soil resources.

 

2004 District Safety Award for Excellence: Devon’s offshore operations in the Lake Charles and Lake Jackson districts of the Gulf of Mexico won the 2004 SAFE award from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, based on the company’s record of safety, environmental and regulatory compliance.

 

2004 EPA Natural Gas STAR "Rookie of the Year": The Environmental Protection Agency recognized Devon for its commitment to promoting clean air through methane emission reductions in 2004. The company was selected out of 13 first-year participants in Natural Gas STAR, a voluntary partnership between government and industry to find cost-effective ways to cut methane emissions. The EPA called Devon a "model for other partners to follow."

 

2004 EPA Best Workplace for Commuters: The Environmental Protection Agency ranked Devon 13 out of 69 Fortune 500 companies recognized for their commitment to the reduction of air pollution and traffic through commuter programs. 

 

2004 Industry Reclamation and Wildlife Stewardship Award: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department honored Devon with its 2004 Industry Reclamation and Wildlife Stewardship Award. The company was recognized for its water management and habitat improvement efforts in northeastern Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Devon used water derived from coalbed natural gas production to improve existing stock ponds and create new ones. The work enhanced vegetation and established watering sites for wildlife as well as habitat for water fowl and fish.

 

2004 Steward of Excellence: The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers recognized Devon with its 2004 Steward of Excellence Award in Environmental Performance. The association honored Devon for environmentally–conscious measures taken during the renovation of the company’s Canterra Tower office building in downtown Calgary. Through its energy conservation effort, the company has reduced annual carbon dioxide emissions by 2,800 tons. Devon employs more than 750 people in Calgary.

 

2004 Director’s Four C’s Award: Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke recognized Devon field operations with the Director’s Four C’s award for outstanding conservation and community partnerships in northern Wyoming’s Worland area. The national award recognizes consultation, cooperation and coordination in the pursuit of conservation.

 

2003 Best Safety Performers: Devon’s Canadian division won the 2003 Best Safety Performer Award from the Occupational Health and Safety Council in recognition for exceptional performance in workplace health and safety. Devon was among 350 companies selected from a pool of 110,000 companies in Alberta.

 

2003 District Safety Award for Excellence: Devon’s offshore operations in the Lafayette District of the Gulf of Mexico won the 2003 SAFE award from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, based on the company’s record of safety, environmental and regulatory compliance.

 

2002 and 2003 District Safety Awards for Excellence: Devon’s offshore operations in the Lake Charles District of the Gulf of Mexico won back to back SAFE awards for 2002 and 2003. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service honored Devon because of its outstanding safety record and its adherence to environmental and regulatory requirements.

 

2002 and 2003 Best Workplace for Commuters: For two years in a row, the City of Houston designated Devon one of the city’s best workplaces for commuters. Houston recognized the company for encourage carpooling and the use of public transportation.

 

2002 Coalbed Methane Natural Resource Stewardship Award: The Wyoming Game & Fish Department recognized Devon for its House Creek project near Wright, Wyoming. The company was recognized for minimizing habitat disturbance at drilling sites and for using groundwater to benefit wildlife.

 

2002 and 2003 Presidents Award for Safety Improvement: The Gas Processors Association recognized Devon’s companywide safety record with its Presidents Award. The honor is given to companies that reduce their serious injury rates by 25 percent or more.

 

2000 District Safety Award for Excellence: Devon’s offshore operations in the Lafayette District of the Gulf of Mexico won the 2000 SAFE award from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, based on the company’s record of safety, environmental and regulatory compliance.

 

2000 Safety in the Seas Award: The National Ocean Industries Association recognized Devon for its offshore contractor safety management program in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

2000 Director’s Excellence Award: The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management recognized Devon for its operations in Eddy County, New Mexico. The agency cited Devon as an exemplary oil and gas operator, helping to protect the land and its resources in an area where it operates nearly 1,000 wells.

 

1999 National Safety Award Finalist: Devon’s over-all offshore operations were among five finalists for the U.S. Department of Interior’s 1999 National Safety Award for safety, environmental and regulatory compliance.

 

1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 MMS Stewardship Awards: The U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service recognized Devon in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 with its Stewardship Award for exemplary royalty reporting practices. The company was praised for timely and accurate reporting with low error rates and for responsiveness to MMS inquiries. The MMS is the agency responsible for collecting the U.S. government’s royalties on federal leases.

 

Perfect Record Awards: Safety is a standard at Devon’s processing facilities, which have been recognized for their contributions to safety in the gas processing industry. The Gas Processors Association has honored Devon plants with its Perfect Record Award for sustained operations without the occurrence of lost-time injuries. The facilities include

      • Beaver Creek, Riverton, Wyoming – 15 years without a lost-time injury
      • Barton Chapel, Jacksboro, Texas – 25 years without a lost-time injury
      • Worland, Worland, Wyoming – 35 years without a lost-time injury
      • Lone Camp, Texas – 15 years without a lost-time injury

 

 
 
 

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