As a knowledge-based service company, education is a key theme of most of our community social investment efforts. Our education program portfolio is focused mostly on science education and on health and safety education. We have three global programs and encourage local initiatives by employees.

Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED)

Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) is our educational program focusing on communities where Schlumberger people live and work. Through SEED, Schlumberger trains employees, retirees, volunteers, and educators to share their passion for learning and science with students all over the globe. SEED is a hands-on program that relies on the scientific and technological expertise of our employee volunteers.

SEED focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics through camps, workshops, and classroom visits. The three STEM topics of focus include robotics, computer science, and energy education.

Robotics includes an introduction to robotics, construction of robots, programming via RobotC, and participating in challenges. Competitions allow students to compete in building robots, and clubs such as the Schlumberger Robotics Club help students learn about robotic programming. In addition, Liquid Robotics, a Schlumberger company, is building an ocean sensor network intended to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Computer Science introduces students to computer-based programming and university partnerships. Some example are through SEED workshops and Schlumberger coding clubs, where we introduce programming to students as early as the second grade with an MIT-based platform that students call “SCRATCH.” Schlumberger also donates Petrel resources to high schools and universities around the world to encourage more students to take an interest in computer science.

Energy Education is promoted through partnerships with American Geosciences Institute, Society of Petroleum Engineers, National Energy Education Development, and the Offshore Energy Center. Workshops and educational programs with these partners help students and teachers understand the highly technical skillset needed to work in the energy industry.

HSE for Youth

The Schlumberger HSE for Youth program was founded in 2008 and is facilitated through workshops led by trained volunteers including any of our employees and their spouses. HSE for Youth empowers young people to make responsible decisions about health, safety and environmental issues. Reaching out to young people from ages 8 to 18, the program focuses on seven areas where Schlumberger can share its HSE expertise—injury prevention, road safety, personal security, malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness, water, and climate change. Since its inception, the program has provided age-appropriate workshops to more than 5,600 children around the world.

HSE for Youth uses a custom-designed Risk Ring* methodology that  provides young people with a thinking process to help them analyze the hazards and risks inherent in any proposed activity by considering the facts, their thoughts and feelings, and the possible consequences.

Faculty for the Future

The Schlumberger Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, recognizes the link between science, technology and socio-economic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential. Faculty for the Future, the flagship program of the Schlumberger Foundation, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for PhD or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences and related disciplines at top universities around the world.

The long-term goal of the Faculty for the Future program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are therefore selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents, and they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women. The program also has an extended mission to encourage community building through forums, both online and in person.

Launched by the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004, the Faculty for the Future community stands at 323 women from 63 emerging countries in 2013, and the community grows steadily each year.

Local Initiatives

Schlumberger employees around the world often initiate local projects, and these projects are frequently supported by our business units in the form of financial assistance or time off work. For example, in Chad our corporate funding helped to build and develop a school started by a local Schlumberger Well Services employee. One employee in Venezuela is helping foster children learn woodworking skills. Another employee created a music school in Congo and when transferred to Mozambique lost no time in reaching out to SOS Children’s Village. Schlumberger retirees have joined together to create IDO, a non-profit organization drilling water wells in Chad and now expanding to Congo. There are many such examples within the Schlumberger community.

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Risk Methodology Based on Schlumberger HSE Principles

HSE for Youth Risk Ring

Risk Ring* scenarios have been developed for seven HSE for Youth themes.

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