Sustainability Governance

Denbury believes that responsible sustainability governance is essential to fulfilling our obligations to our stakeholders and operating as a good corporate citizen. The manner in which we conduct ourselves and our business operations directly affects our ability to sustain our business and operate responsibly. Our Board of Directors and senior management spend a great deal of time implementing corporate governance policies and practices that uphold our core values, align with our corporate governance commitments and support our business sustainability.


We believe that responsible sustainability governance is essential to fulfilling our obligations to our stakeholders and to operating as a good corporate citizen.


  • Executive compensation linked to Environmental, Social, and Governance ("ESG") performance
  • ESG risks overseen by senior management and independent Board committees
  • Third-party compliance reporting tools available at any time to anonymously report ethical concerns or violations of our Code of Conduct and Ethics
  • 7 out of 8 directors are independent, including an independent Chairman of the Board
  • Board and senior management subject to stock ownership guidelines

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Code of Conduct and Ethics

Denbury’s Code of Conduct and Ethics (“Code”), together with our Company policies, serves as our guide to “Doing Right” and operating with our core values of Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, Excellence and Innovation. Our Board of Directors (“Board”) is responsible for developing and approving our Code. Denbury conducts annual training on the Code, and each year, employees are required to certify that they have read and understand the Code. Denbury’s Code can be found at under the “About Denbury – Corporate Governance” link.

Additionally, Denbury participates annually in National Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week, during which employees receive communications and training on key areas of corporate compliance that are aligned with, and designed to highlight, our core values.

Compliance Hotline and Grievance Reporting
Ethics and

The cornerstone of good corporate governance is having a reliable and trustworthy grievance system, or process for reporting grievances and violations of our Code, and ensuring that the process is communicated to our employees and other stakeholders. Our Code prohibits any retaliation against anyone from coming forward with a concern or making a good faith report of suspected misconduct, regardless of the outcome. Internal and external parties can call the Denbury Compliance Hotline at any time to anonymously submit any ethical concern or violation of our Code.

Compliance hotline

HSE Policy

In 2019, Denbury revised our Health, Safety and Environmental Policy (“HSE Policy”) to update our guiding principles and better reflect our company-wide approach to health, safety and the environment.

Our HSE Policy can be found at under the “Responsibility” link.

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Board and Management Responsibility

The Board is responsible for oversight of our risk assessment and risk management. The Board strives to effectively oversee our enterprise-wide risk management while maximizing the long-term value for our investors, with due regard for our employees and other stakeholders. The Board receives regular updates from, and maintains an active dialogue with, members of our management team and Internal Audit Department about existing risk management processes and how management identifies, assesses and responds to our most significant risk exposures. These interactions enable the Board to evaluate whether management is appropriately managing our most significant risks.

Board Committees

The Board also relies on, and has delegated certain aspects of its oversight responsibility to, its committees to assist the Board with its overall risk assessment and risk management responsibilities. Each committee reviews and assesses with management risk-related matters within the scope of its responsibilities and reports regularly to the Board on such risk-related matters. For example: the Audit Committee oversees our guidelines and policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management, as well as our financial reporting and regulatory compliance risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures; the Risk Committee oversees our principal business and operational risks, and our other material risks and exposures, and the actions, activities and initiatives we undertake to mitigate such risks and exposures; the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee oversees risks relating to our corporate governance matters and legislative affairs and activities and matters related thereto; the Compensation Committee oversees the extent to which risks arising from our compensation policies and practices are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on us; and the Reserves and Health, Safety and Environmental Committee oversees the independent reserves engineers’ identification of issues and business risks and exposures, and our health, safety and environmental policies, practices and procedures and management’s assessments of high risk areas with respect thereto.

Climate Change Risk Management

Our Board and management regularly consider climate change-related risks as a part of our ongoing risk assessment and risk management processes. For example, our Board and management consider and discuss forecasts of future oil supply and demand and pricing in energy markets and changes in government regulations and policy. When forming our long-term investment and development plans, we also consider a range of scenarios, which can include how such scenarios impact climate change and carbon emissions, and CCUS. These assessments are integrated into our overall risk management processes. As discussed throughout this Report, we are committed to engaging with stakeholders, policy makers, regulators and our industry on climate change issues and risks and to considering our impact on the environment.

Executive Compensation and ESG Performance

The annual incentive bonus of every Denbury employee, including our executive officers, is tied, in part, to Denbury’s ESG performance. In 2018, HSE Performance accounted for ten percent (10%) of the quantitative metrics and was made up of the following:

HSE Performance Metric* 2018 Target 2018 Results
Serious Injury & Fatality Rate 1.16 1.10
Total Recordable Incident Rate 1.00 0.89
Significant Spill Rate 0.17 0.15

*For more information regarding HSE performance and the 2018 annual incentive bonus program see 2019 Proxy Statement.

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