Diversity in Energy Op-ed: Organization Culture in the Oil and Gas Industry

When diversity and inclusion become the norm rather than the exception, it will bode well for oil and gas, writes Merichem CEO Kendra Lee.

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For more than 100 years, the oil and gas industry has provided a fundamental and sustained contribution to the global economy. It serves billions of people with abundant, affordable and reliable sources of energy. In terms of dollar value, the oil and gas industry is considered the largest industry in the world, employing more than 4 million people across the globe.

Despite its contributions, the industry has long endured negative stigmas, particularly noted by its exclusive club of good ol’ boys. In 2014, through its global reputation center, market research firm Ipsos took an in-depth look at the oil and gas sector across 24 countries and found its reputation the least favorable in the world.

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