Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City, certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Devon Energy is proud to present our 2018 Sustainability Report, highlighting our efforts to deliver industry-leading results and, in the areas where we operate, set the standard as a good neighbor, valued community partner, caring environmental steward and model employer.

We’re also proud to be a leader in an industry delivering products that are essential to lives and livelihoods around the world. We produce a valuable commodity that is fundamental to society, and we do so in a safe, environmentally responsible and ethical way, while striving to deliver strong returns to shareholders.

Based in Oklahoma City, we employ about 3,000 men and women, operating under the motto: Commitment Runs Deep. We take this to heart and apply it to everyone who has a stake in our success – investors, employees and neighbors alike.

This report marks an intentional step toward becoming more transparent and putting even stronger emphasis on reporting the impacts of our environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs.

The report covers the most material policies, programs and performance related to our corporate governance, environmental, health and safety, and social efforts, as determined in a thorough materiality assessment described within. The information presented applies to our operated assets in North America during 2017, unless otherwise noted.

Materiality Assesment

The contents of this report were determined through a professional materiality assessment, conducted in 2018, to identify the most relevant and impactful performance areas for Devon and our key stakeholders. Facilitated by a third-party sustainability consultant, the assessment followed a process as recommended by the Oil and Gas Industry Guidance on Voluntary Sustainability Reporting, published jointly by IPIECA, American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP). The process included in-depth, one-on-one interviews with Devon’s chief executive officer (CEO) and other executive committee members, and an in-person workshop with leaders of Devon’s operations, environmental, safety, corporate governance, investor relations, human resources, supply chain, legal, government affairs, corporate communications and community relations departments. Leaders identified key stakeholders and material areas for reporting, and mapped them on a materiality matrix. Devon also evaluated common reporting frameworks, including those of IPIECA and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Materiality Cycle


The materiality assessment included a third-party review of external stakeholder materials such as assessments from Institutional Shareholder Services, Sustainalytics, As You Sow and Great Place to Work, and a benchmarking study of peer-company sustainability reports.

As a result of this examination, this report is informed by common reporting frameworks and focuses on the top 12 material areas identified during the materiality assessment process.

Materiality Matrix

  • Safety
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Land conservation
  • Water use and recycling
  • Shareholder engagement
  • Political activity
  • Climate change
  • Talent management
  • Employee wellness
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Community engagement
  • Business innovation


Note that the concept of materiality used in the preparation of this report is not meant to correspond to the concept of materiality associated with disclosures required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

We’re committed to continuously improving our environmental, social and governance performance and communicating it transparently. We invite you to give us feedback on how we’re doing by using our stakeholder contact portal.