The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change (2-day version)

Management and Information Health, Safety, Environment, and Social Responsibility


The objective of this course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability. Attendees will learn how to apply these tools to:

  • Better manage sustainability risks,
  • Reduce sustainability delays and
  • Maintain or Increase ROI, while
  • Enhancing industry reputation and
  • Mitigating sustainability impacts.

On Day-1 of this two-day interactive and engaging course, participants will receive an overview of key sustainability trends, challenges applying those concepts to a case study providing:

  • Guidance on addressing sustainability early in a project’s lifecycle, with special attention on how to articulate the sustainability business case, apply organizational change management techniques, optimize sustainability through operations and increase the likelihood of a project’s success.
  • Exploration of effective community engagement practices, including discussion of how to manage sustainability in different cultures and work with communities to manage the local economic aspects associated with oil and gas development.

On Day-2, participants will apply what they have learned via two half-day intensive case study discussions focused on 1) effective community engagement practices, and 2) application of learnings to the home front.

Topics to be touched upon include:

  • Articulating the sustainability business case
  • Creating a deep and integrated understanding of sustainability
  • Applying organizational change management techniques
  • Integrating sustainability into the project lifecycle
  • Identifying sustainability risks and opportunities
  • Optimizing sustainability through operational understanding
  • Optimizing stakeholder engagement and communications
  • Contributing community sustainability – managing the boom and bust impacts to community economics

A fundamental principle underpins this course:

Securing and maintaining license to operate (as well as growing the commercial value beyond this threshold) extends well beyond legislative requirements and regulatory permitting to encompass not only the mitigation of adverse social and environmental impacts but also the advancement of financial, societal, and environmental benefits via the execution of strong sustainability performance. 

Learning Level

Beginner to Advanced

Course Length

2 Days, (1-day course option available as well)

Why Attend?

Key benefits from this program go beyond furthering an individual’s professional development to improving risk and reputation management and enhancing the prospects for success of oil and gas projects by improving the industry’s social and environmental performance.

Who Should Attend

To ensure a consistent level of understanding and to further enrich the class dialogue across all levels of expertise, this course is recommended for:

  • Senior Management (Leadership/Strategy)
  • Field Management (Project Management/ Operations/Service Providers)
  • Corporate Sustainability Practitioners (Integrators)
  • Field Sustainability Practitioners (Social and Environmental Specialists)


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course, and .8 CEUs will be awarded when it is run as a 1-day course. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page.


Johana Dunlop has worked with Schlumberger for nearly 25 years and is deeply interested in the relationship between business and “society.”

Her education background draws on business, risk management and the liberal arts with an A.I.R.M from the Institute of Risk Management in the UK, an M. Sc. Management from Boston University and a B.A. Honors in French and Classics from Trinity College in Dublin.

After a career in Risk Management in the oil and gas industry, 1997 was a turning point year in which she took a sabbatical to volunteer in post-Soviet Armenia with a grassroots Franco-Armenian aid agency called Solidarité Protestante France-Armenie. Her return to Schlumberger, where she had previously been a Risk Manager for the Seismic and Wireline businesses, took her formally in to a field in which she had long had an informal interest – the impact of business on society. For six years, starting in 1998, she lived in New York and held management responsibilities for the community outreach program - SEED - covering many aspects of the program, including implementation, development and promotion, internal and external communications, development of peer relationships, and incubation support of other outreach activities.

In 2004 she returned to Paris to take on a double role: to transform the Schlumberger Foundation into a strategic philanthropic vehicle which resulted in a portfolio of programs out of which Faculty for the Future became the flagship program, funding and supporting women scientists from developing countries. The second role was to “materialize” the company’s societal profile. This resulted in a Global Citizenship framework focusing on the company’s activities having to do with sustainability solutions, social and environmental footprint as well as community outreach. Today, she is the Director, Sustainability Engagement in which she serves as the internal thought leader on these topics as the company increasingly integrates sustainability factors into its core strategy, policies and practices.

Johana is active in a number of oil and gas industry professional societies in particular IPIECA and SPE. She co-leads the SPE Sustainability Technical Section and spearheaded the strategy development exercise that led to SPE focusing its sustainable development contribution on capacity and competency building for its 140,000 members around the world.

R.L. (Roland) Moreau has served as the current Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director for the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) Board of Directors since 2011. He recently retired with 34 years of services from ExxonMobil, where he held the position of Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSH&E) Manager for ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research, Gas & Power Marketing, and Upstream Ventures business units. Roland received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984. He began his career with Exxon Company, U.S.A. as a Project Engineer at the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey in 1981. Since that time, he has held various technical, supervisory and managerial assignments for Exxon, and then ExxonMobil, in the Upstream production, development, and research organizations. Prior to ExxonMobil, Roland also worked for five years in the naval nuclear industry.

He remains active on various SPE initiatives, and most recently served as Program Chair for the SPE International HSSE conference in Long Beach, California, in March 2014.

Linda Y. Brewer is a Partner in ERM’s Sustainability Strategy and Implementation practice based in Denver, Colorado, USA. She has over 25 years of experience in risk, strategy, leadership, operations, sustainability, climate adaptation and HSE performance and innovation in oil & gas, mining, chemicals, power and financial services. Linda has worked to optimize performance in across organizational verticals – from the ground floor to the executive suite. Through her background in management consulting and reengineering, she has refined proven management theories and demonstrated the significant efficiencies and bottom-line financial benefits of sustainability.

Linda has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School, the Sloan Business School at MIT, Colorado School of Mines and the University of Michigan. She has written manuals on Rapid Change Implementation and Business Reengineering: Methods and Guidelines, She is a contributor to Arctic development research science, a proud member of SPE and has written and presented both at SPE International Conferences and Offshore Technology Conferences on papers such as Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Development in a Post-Macondo World, An Emerging Strategic Imperative in Oil & Gas: The Social License to Operate and Non-Technical Risk Leadership – Integration and Execution. Her degree in Biological Anthropology is from Harvard University.

Alison Taylor leads BSR’s energy and extractives practice. She focuses on approaches to sustainability through risk management, strategy, stakeholder engagement, transparency, governance, and organizational change.

Previously, Alison was a senior managing director at Control Risks, where she helped companies operate with integrity, particularly in high-risk environments. She has also worked at Transparency International, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IHS Global Insight. She has experience in strategic intelligence, market entry assistance, risk consulting, due diligence, internal investigations, enterprise risk management, and ethics and compliance. She speaks and writes regularly on risk and organizational culture. She is a board member of the anticorruption organization “Not in My Country” and serves on the SPE Sustainability Committee.

Alison holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford University.