ConocoPhillips China Promotes 2019 China Social Impact Award Empowering Women

BEIJING – As a part of its commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and empowering female employees, ConocoPhillips China has sponsored the 2019 China Social Impact Award for the Empowerment of Women. The China Social Impact Awards are presented by the British Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the United Nations. The award was won by Nike (Multinational Corporation category) and Bespoke Travel Company (Small and Medium Enterprise category) and presented at a special awards ceremony on Nov. 7 where insights and best practices for driving social impact and company inclusion were also shared with 250 guests.

ConocoPhillips China was also shortlisted as a finalist for the 2019 Employee Engagement Award along with three other companies for their significant efforts providing the best possible working environment to employees.  

The seven China Social Impact Awards presented reflect the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The winners were selected by an independent judging panel of 29 experts with the goal of celebrating the efforts and achievements of companies with positive impacts on society and the environment in China. Applications from more than 200 companies throughout China were received.

“Our company is delighted to participate in the 2019 China Social Impact Awards,” said Bill Arnold, president of ConocoPhillips China. “Our nomination as a finalist for the 2019 Employee Engagement Award is a recognition of our continuous commitment to our employees, who are truly valuable assets and the key to our business success. We are grateful for this opportunity to exchange and learn exemplary practices from other companies. In addition, we are proud to sponsor the Empowerment of Women Award to actively promote this important cause.”

ConocoPhillips views diversity and inclusion as a journey and believes each person is accountable for creating and sustaining an inclusive work environment. The company focuses on three areas that guide its actions and drive progress: leadership accountability, employee awareness, and processes and programs

At ConocoPhillips China, an inclusion ambassador and an inclusion committee were appointed to advance this commitment. In addition, all female employees are offered the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations and group chats with ConocoPhillips China President Bill Arnold, to voice any challenges or concerns and share their achievements with senior leadership. The company has also provided monthly inclusion tea hours and appreciation moments to help transform inclusion from concept to behavior.

(Mr. Bill Arnold, president of ConocoPhillips China, together with female employees at the event - “Talking with the President – Caring for Women at the Workplace”)

Furthermore, ConocoPhillips actively monitors diversity on a global basis, publicly reports representation of women in leadership roles and continuously improves processes and practices to ensure equal opportunities in the workplace. This includes incorporating inclusive practices across talent acquisition, talent development, performance management, goal settings and other processes. ConocoPhillips China is proud to have achieved a 46.2 percent female workforce, and more than 30 percent women in supervisor and leadership positions.

(Lydia Zhou, vice president of HR and Communications delivering a speech at the awards ceremony)

“Our commitment to building an inclusive environment and a great place to work is foundational to our SPIRIT Values. These values – Safety, People, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation and Teamwork – direct how we interact every day. This mindset guides our operations and employee development to ensure our staff, including women, can build a successful life and career at ConocoPhillips,” said Lydia Zhou, vice president of HR and Communications. “We are proud to support the Empowerment of Women Award and work with other companies who share our belief in supporting women and sustaining an inclusive environment at work.”  

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Catherine Liu, PR & CSR Team Lead
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