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  • 1.AccountabilityProtability SustainabilityNoble Corporation sustainability report 2006volume 5

2. Table of Contents Chairmans Letter1Worldwide Fleet Distribution 2 Nobles operating locations and Management System Certification levels around the globe. About Noble Corporation5 Key information about the Company, HSE management system and structure. Responsibility to Our Workforce9 Nobles highest responsibility is to our workforce through recruiting, retention, training and development, rewards, safety and health and wellness programs. Responsibility to Society15 To preserve the environment for future generations, Noble works to continuously improve our environmental performance. Responsibility to Our Customers21 Noble is dedicated to helping our customers find and produce oil and gas safely and cost-effectively. Responsibility to Our Shareholders 25 Successful execution of our financial policy and business strategy allows Noble to add value for our shareholders. Data Tables30 Third-Party Certifications, Safety Statistics and Environmental, Recycling and Safety & Health dataChairmans AwardThe Noble Gene Rosser and the Noble Ronald Hoope won the 2006 Chairmans Award for theWestern Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere, respectively. The annual award is presented to Noblerigs that achieve outstanding results in operations and health, safety and the environment.Crews on the Noble Gene Rosser, a jackup rig contracted with PetrleosMexicanos in Mexico, had worked 3,547 days without an LTI and 3,015days without a recordable incident at year-end 2006. The rig posted a 100percent employee retention rate in 2006 and successfully maintained itscertication to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code andrecertication to ISO 14001:2004. The jackup Noble Ronald Hoope is contracted to Gaz de France in theNorth Sea. By year-end 2006, the rig had worked 1,986 days without anLTI and 1,365 days without a recordable incident. The Noble Ronald Hoopeachieved crew competence of 100 percent and turnover under six percent,one of the lowest turnover rates in Nobles North Sea eet. In addition, theNoble Ronald Hoope iscertiedtoISO9001,ISO14001andOHSAS18000. 3. When we published the rst Noble Sustainability Report in 2002, such reports were somewhat novel. At that point, many companies expressed a wait and see attitude with some wondering if the cost of publishing a report would be balanced by the benets of increasing transparency in this important area. Still others believed sustainability reporting was a fad that would soon fade. One of these assumptions is true and the other is not. The benets of producing this report far outweigh the costs and, in my view, sustainability reporting is here to stay. At Noble, we believe measuring and monitoring key sustainability indicators gives us a powerful tool for improvement. At the same time, disclosing our sustainability results helps the investing public make informed choices about Noble, armed with more than just knowledge of how much money we earn but how we go about earning it. In reading our report this year, you will note several examples of where we tried new ideas and concepts, some of which were not successful. At Noble, our goal is to create and maintain a culture where continu- ous improvement is measured not by the number of ideas implemented, but rather by the number of ideas generated and tested. No thoughtful idea or concept tested is ever considered to be a failure at Noble.As a result, we made progress in improving the safety of our employees, protecting the environment and positioning the Company for future challenges. No single program, policy or practice drove these results. Instead, our culture instills safety as a value, considers environmental stewardship a top priority and focuses our attention on long-term results.While recognition is not our motivation for developing this approach to sustainability, our efforts were widely noted by others in 2006. Once again, Noble is proud to be listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The publisher of Occupational Hazards magazine honored us as one of Americas Safest Companies. Within our own industry, we received the OEAA Health, Safety and Environmental Award. Beyond awards and accolades, however, Noble employees everywhere can share in the pride that comes from a job well done. We serve our customers, our investors and ourselves best when we focus on delivering outstanding and sustainable safety and environmental performance.Looking ahead to 2007, we have reafrmed our commitment to safety. Likewise, Noble employees worldwide remain focused on minimizing the environmentalimpact of our operations. As a result,I am con- dent we will continue to make progress in terms of both safety performance and environmental protection.Mark A. JacksonPresident, Chief Executive Ofcer and Chairman of the Board1 4. Worldwide Fleet ISO 9001 ISO 14001 OHSAS 18001 JU SS PISO 9001 ISO 14001P ISO 14001SP SS SISO 14001ISM CodeJU ISO 14001JU SS ISO 14001 ISM Code SS DSFleet Distribution DS Drillship JU Jackup PPlatformSS Semisubmersible SP Shipyard ProjectSSubmersible 2 5. DistributionCertications& Management System ABOUT NOBLE SP ISO 14001 JUISO 14001JUSP Management System Certications Noble proactively and voluntarily seeks certication to the highest international standards for quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management. These third-party certications ensure that Noble operates to the highest standards, continually improves performance, lowers our business risk and heightens customer and shareholder condence. 3 6. At Noble, people can and do make adifference. Therald Martinis the Drilling Superintendent for two premier semisub- mersibles in the Gulf of Mexico, and the namesake of a semi- submersible working in Brazil. His success since joining Nobles land operations as a oorman in 1981 comes down to his t with the Noble culture: People who perform are recog- nized. You are allowed to make decisions and grow from them, he says. You can work within a team and still be responsible individually.4 7. AboutNoble Corporation ABOUT NOBLE Noble is a leading provider of diversied services for the offshore oil and gas industry. The Companys eet has grown from one land rig in 1921 to 62 mobile offshore drilling units around the world.Nobles place in the energy industryThe demand for oil and natural gas grows every year, and drilling wells is the predominant method for nding and extracting these resources from the earth. Noble supplies the people, equipment and technology that exploration and produc- tion companies need to locate and access hydrocarbons. Nobles eet comprises 13 semisubmersible rigs, three dynamically positioned drillships, 43 jackups and three submersibles. About 86 percent of our assets are deployed in the Middle East, India, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil, and West Africa. Our international presence has grown by 93 percent since 2000. The eet count includes three enhanced premium newbuild jackups and four semisubmersibles that are under construction and scheduled for delivery between the second quarter of 2007 and late 2009.Health, safety and environmental managementNoble has a comprehensive Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management System to ensure that our policies are planned, implemented and managed effectively, and that they comply with all applicable local, state, federal and international laws and regulations. The HSE Management System is available on CD and the Company intranet, so that employees can easily access corporate and division policies, procedures, standards and best practices. Nobles health, safety and environmental performance is crucial to our ability to conduct business around the world. As such, the Noble Board of Directors plays a key oversight role in HSE by monitoring our performance and endorsing our HSE policies, practices and programs. The Chairman of the Board is an active member of Nobles Health, Safety and Environmental Committee, along with other key Noble senior management. The HSE Committee performs a quarterly review of HSE metrics, initiatives, progress, results and areas for improvement. This committee focused on Nobles back-to-basics approach to safety in 2006. 5 8. Nobles audit plan provides additional oversight. Audits help Noble ensure that all levels of our organization comply with corporate policies and procedures; government rules and regulations; and international regulations and standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. The audit plan includes formal, regularly scheduled rig audits by division management, as well as informal audits that occur daily on our rigs. Noble corpo- rate managements goal is to audit every division once per year to ensure that they are adhering to our corporate standards. Audits in 2006 focused on assessing compliance with policies and procedures such as Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and Permit to Work. Based on our audit results, we are continuing this approach. Noble named one of Americas Safest CompaniesOccupational Hazards magazine selected Noble for its Americas Safest Companies honor in 2006. We joined DuPont, Alcoa, ExxonMobil, Motorola, Frito-Lay and other companies recognized as the nations corpo- rate safety leaders since 2002.To be considered one of Americas Safest Companies, organizations must demonstrate their support of the concept that safety is essential to business success. Selection is based on support from management and employee involvement; innovative solutions to safety challenges; injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries; comprehensive safety- related educational programs for employees; evidence that preven- tion of fatalities, injuries and illnesses is the cornerstone of the safety process; good communica- tion with workers about the value of safety; and a way to substantiate the benets of the safet