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Homelessness and Poverty

1.2 Reduce at least by half the proportion of people living in poverty

We invested $790K in 2016 towards programs that contributed to either preventing homelessness and poverty, or supporting those currently experiencing these conditions.

Our work encompasses several flagship partnerships in our business units, along with the following corporate initiatives:

2015-16: The Vermilion Energy Family Centre at Wood’s Homes in Calgary supported 34 families and a total of 139 children, youth and their parents / caregivers.

2013-2017: The Vermilion Energy / YW of Calgary Employment Resource Centre has served 1,402 women, offering 386 employability workshops, 45 skills-for-life workshops, and 533 one-on-one career coaching sessions

2.1 End hunger and ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food

Our funding focus on homelessness and poverty encompasses several programs that support ending hunger, including our Days of Caring:

Canada 2016: 8,400 hot lunches funded and served at the Drop-In Centre, Canada’s largest shelter serving those who are homeless

Denver 2017: staff sorted 57,400 pounds of food for the Food Bank of the Rockies

The Netherlands 2017: in addition to our funding of 22,000 euros, staff supported the launch of KinderRestos in Leeuwarden, helping children learn about healthy food and lifestyles

France 2017: every year, staff in Melun support the Restos du Coeur food drive at a local supermarket, informing customers about the campaign and accepting food donations.

Health & Safety Promotion

3.6 Halve global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

We established our Global Emergency Responder Program in 2017, to support critical equipment and training needs for emergency medevac and similar services in all of our business units.

Environmental Stewardship

15.5 Action to reduce degradation of natural habitat, halt the loss of biodiversity and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species

In addition to our funding for environmental stewardship, staff in our business units consistently support local conservation and biodiversity efforts. In 2016, we contributed 395 staff hours, including the following Days of Caring:

Canada 2016: 200 staff hours for conservation protection at the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Coyote Lake Nature Sanctuary

France 2016: 14 staff spent several days clearing primrose willow, an invasive plant species, from Parentis Lake

The Netherlands 2016: in addition to €30K in funding, two staff groups supported the Frisian nature reserve of Fryske Gea, cutting and clipping small trees and shrubs to make more space available for natural flora to create a better animal habitat

Celebrating our Cultures

17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships

We believe in partnering with our communities to better understand their needs and how we can best support them, and to amplify the value of organizations within them. We have key community and civil society partnerships in each of our major business units. 


Progress on Commitments

Target 2016

Target 2017

Target 2018

Establish Municipal Linkage Program and flagship partnership in The Netherlands 


100% Achieved

Launch Global Funding Initiative to support non-profit emergency response providers in all business units


100% Achieved

Develop and launch Ways of Caring program in our Germany Business Unit

Give Back

Direct cash contribution: to non-profit and charitable organizations

Additional direct support: in-kind support, such as materials and staff volunteering during working hours

External resources leveraged: staff donations

Community Investment 2016

Give Time 

Give Together

Notable Highlights:

Fort McMurray Forest Fire Response

In May 2016, we responded to the devastating effects of the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta by setting up a matching program for staff donations to the Canadian Red Cross. Vermilion provided a dollar-for-dollar match on donations made by employees and contractors, recognizing that our support could make a difference for those who might face homelessness or serious income difficulties as a result of the fires – for a total of close to $18,700. Thank you to all of our staff who generously donated!

Baltazar Theatre in Budapest, Hungary

Vermilion has supported The Baltazar Theatre in Budapest since 2012, as part of our activities in Central and Eastern Europe. The theatre's members are young people with intellectual disabilities; the theatre focuses on their talent and skills, and plays to appreciative audiences. We continued our support in 2016, helping to fund a video of the troupe’s experiences. Our support contributes to our community investment focus on Celebrating Our Culture.

What our staff told us about the program in 2016 and 2017:

In our 2017 Great Place to Work annual survey, 95% of staff globally agreed with the statement “I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.” In addition to the ratings statements, the confidential survey also asks what makes Vermilion a great place to work. Here are a few of the comments related directly to our community support:

What our communities told us about the program in 2016 and 2017:

“Families are working towards wellness when they come to stay at the Vermilion Energy Family Centre. Those that come onsite for treatment feel like they finally have hope that things will work out. It’s a magical place where families from all walks of life feel special and important, knowing that others care about their wellbeing.”

Jane Matheson, CEO, Wood’s Homes

"On behalf of St Bart's and our clients I sincerely thank everyone at Vermilion for your support, friendship and willingness to partner with us to help people in need to rebuild their lives. Vermilion have shown an ongoing commitment to the work of our organization and to the people that we are here to support. Your support has been integral in helping achieve our mission to assist the homeless of today to rebuild their lives and act to prevent the homelessness of tomorrow. Thank you."

Nina Ulyett, General Manager, St. Bart's

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