We’re not just opening our wallets, we’re rolling up our sleeves.
We are passionate about community support — and in a very tangible way. We align our investment and volunteer priorities with the needs of our communities. Through our stakeholder engagements, we seek to better understand our communities’ current and future needs. This helps directly inform our social investment strategy and community development planning and engagement initiatives, tailoring our approach to the unique needs of each community.
We are committed to promoting community development in the communities that we operate in and serve. We invested more than $3.7 million in 2019, including over $230,000 of in-kind donations to benefit various organizations. Our community investment priorities in 2019 focused on four key areas: empowering individuals and families, supporting our military and veterans, protecting our environment, and disaster response. In 2020 these themes continued, however, our primary focus was responding to our communities’ COVID-19 and hurricane recovery needs.
Policies and programs
In 2018, we established a volunteer time off program, providing employees the equivalent of one full day paid time off per year to volunteer in their communities. Soon after, we adopted a matching gift program, to match employee charitable contributions. All of our U.S., U.K. and Singapore employees with at least six months of service are eligible to participate in the program with up to $1,000 U.S. equivalent matched, dollar for dollar. And in 2019, we launched a new program for employees to direct funds to communities where employees live and work. In a few short months, over 250 employees contributed to the employee giving fund, resulting in nearly $40,000 presented to 14 charities.
Empowering individuals and families
We believe a good education is a pathway to developing capable and confident individuals into strong leaders. We provide youth and adults support and tools to help them develop critical technical and literacy skills to enter the workforce.
Supporting our military and veterans
We have a heart for military service and support organizations across all military branches to provide assistance where it’s most needed. We’re honored to volunteer time for service projects and contribute to programs that support those who serve or who have served in the U.S. military. Our investments help empower service members while active and through transitions into new duty stations, civilian education or the local workforce.
Protecting our environment
Our two LNG facilities are located in areas rich in biodiversity. Our focus on operating an environmentally sound business extends beyond our fence line. As good stewards of our environment, we work to strengthen the diversity of our natural habitats through targeted investments and volunteerism.
Supporting local economies
In addition to supporting local communities through philanthropic and volunteer efforts, we hire and spend locally whenever possible. We recruit candidates who reside in our operating regions and offer competitive wages. We host several career fairs in the communities near our Corpus Christi and Sabine Pass locations to attract local talent.
“Cheniere has been an outstanding partner in our community. They have gone above and beyond in helping Southwest Louisiana prosper, including helping our parish rebuild after two storms that devastated our communities and establishing innovative training programs that help prepare and retain our local workforce.”
State Representative, Louisiana