The Sustainability Imperative: Making the Case and Driving Change

Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Drilling and Completions


A fundamental principle underpins this course – that the oil and gas sector’s role in supporting quality of life on this planet is evolving in many ways. One significant way is to do with securing and maintaining its own ability to operate and continue to provide a vital source of energy to mankind.   This licence-to-operate extends well beyond legislative requirements and regulatory permitting to encompass the mitigation of adverse social and environmental impacts as well as the advancement of financial, societal, and environmental benefits via the integration and execution of strong sustainability performance.

Learning Objectives

The objective of this engaging course is to provide participants with tools, techniques and knowledge for immediate use to help operators maintain project value through sustainability. Attendees will return home have learned how to:

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

Topics to be touched upon include

  • Creating a deep and integrated understanding of sustainability
  • 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
  • Integrating sustainability into the project lifecycle
  • Articulating the sustainability business case

Learning Level

Beginner to Advanced

Course Length

1 Day

Why You Should 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. Previous courses have shown us that a key benefit is the opportunity to convene with others facing the same challenges.

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)


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.



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.