Working in collaboration with Canada’s Aboriginal communities to develop energy resources in a way that creates shared value – Suncor’s 2013 Report on Sustainability
Collaborating with Aboriginal communities – Suncor’s 2013 Report on Sustainability
Suncor works with our Aboriginal stakeholders to understand and mitigate the impact of our operations in Aboriginal communities – 2013 Report on Sustainability
Read about Suncor’s work with Aboriginal communities to mitigate environmental impact and create shared value in the 2013 Report on Sustainability
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Guided by our values, Suncor aspires to lead the way to deliver economic prosperity, improved social well-being and a healthy environment for today and tomorrow.
An important part of this vision involves working in collaboration with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples to develop energy resources in a way that:
Many of Suncor's operations are located on or near the traditional lands of Aboriginal Peoples. We know our operations have an impact on the environment and the communities where we operate. We work with our Aboriginal stakeholders to:
To achieve this, we strive for relationships that are based on transparency, mutual respect and trust.
Responsible development takes into account Aboriginal issues and concerns about the effects, positive and negative, of energy development. People and communities affected by Suncor's activities should have the opportunity to benefit from energy development through:
While there is much work still to be done, we are making progress in all of those areas.
In 2012, we began to implement our new Aboriginal Economic Collaboration Strategy to grow our partnerships with Aboriginal businesses across Canada. At the same time, the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF), Suncor's charitable organization, placed a renewed focus on investments that support improved education and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal youth.
Visit Suncor.com for more on the Suncor Energy Foundation
While working to advance economic opportunities and the social well-being of Aboriginal Peoples across Canada, we also recognize the importance of continuously improving our environmental performance — including taking the necessary steps to minimize the impact of our core oil sands business on the region, land, water and air quality of residents living downstream of our operations.
"When I talk to our own people about the work we do, it comes back to living up to Suncor's mission, vision and values," says Bonnie Veness, manager of stakeholder and Aboriginal relations. "We need to be all about strong community engagement, respect, doing the right thing and living up to our commitments. That's how we secure and retain our social licence to operate."
Suncor's Aboriginal relations policy
Our Aboriginal relations policy is guided by these principles:
Listen to our Aboriginal relations policy in Cree and Dene:
Download the Aboriginal relations policy (PDF, 2 pp., 1.3 MB)
Aboriginal awareness training
Understanding and mutual respect are the keys to building enduring relationships between Canada's Aboriginal Peoples and companies like Suncor. Fostering that understanding and respect is the aim of Suncor's Aboriginal awareness training program.
In 2012 and early 2013, Suncor formalized its training program, making it more readily accessible to leaders, employees and contractors. The uptake has been significant and the response overwhelmingly positive.
Our training workshops include:
Seeking Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification
Suncor is a patron member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and, in 2014, we intend to seek CCAB Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Certification.
PAR is a certification program that rates corporate Aboriginal relations performance at a Bronze, Silver or Gold level. The certification process will include an extensive third-party review of Suncor's:
We view this process as an opportunity to gain an independent view of how we are doing in each of those areas and to address any gaps that are identified.
Visit the CCAB website for more about PAR
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