Suncor’s corporate social responsibility policies in action – 2013 Report on Sustainability
Human rights & social risk – Suncor’s 2013 Report on Sustainability
“Suncor looks for opportunities to promoting understanding of human rights values and corporate social responsibility (CSR) best practices among our stakeholders.” – 2013 Report on Sustainability
“Suncor looks for opportunities to promoting understanding of human rights values and corporate social responsibility (CSR) best practices among our stakeholders.” Read more about Suncor’s CSR policies in action in the 2013 Report on Sustainability
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Suncor has a responsibility to respect human rights and to ensure we are not complicit in human rights abuses. We seek to avoid infringing on the rights of others and strive to remedy harms that occur as a result of our activities. Our responsibility to respect human rights applies to all of our activities and to our business relationships with others.
These are some of the central tenets of Suncor's Human Rights policy, which we adopted in 2011 and have since been working to embed into:
Download our Human Rights policy (PDF, 2 pp., 19 KB)
These ongoing initiatives are all being integrated into Suncor's corporate-wide Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS).
Awareness among Suncor's employees is key to ensuring we meet these goals, and we are committed to training and communicating our approach to human rights. At the same time, Suncor looks for opportunities to promote understanding of human rights values and corporate social responsibility (CSR) best practices among our stakeholders.
Suncor's commitment to respecting human rights is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is informed by international law and standards that have developed since the Declaration's adoption six decades ago. We support the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and we are a member of the United Nations Global Compact and the Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Read the Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (PDF, 48 pp., 1.2 MB)
The Global Compact is the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. Companies join the Global Compact because they share the conviction that business practices rooted in universal principles contribute to a more stable and inclusive global market, and help build prosperous and thriving societies — very much in keeping with Suncor's mission to create energy for a better world. Membership commits us to supporting and advancing the 10 Principles of the Global Compact with respect to:
In 2012 and 2013, Suncor was one of seven Canadian companies leading an engagement effort to establish a UN Global Compact Local Network in Canada.
The ongoing embedding of Suncor's Human Rights policy is also part of a broader effort to better understand the social risks associated with our business and to build that understanding into our decision-making processes. In 2012, we held detailed discussions with some of our major business units about how to factor social risks into the evaluation of proposed projects on a more systematic basis. We are continuing to work to find better ways to capture social risks in Suncor's internal risk matrix tool — the mechanism we use for assessing and addressing the principal risks facing our business.
In December 2012, Suncor and four other major Canadian companies (Barrick Gold Corporation, GlobeScan Inc., Scotiabank and Telus Corporation) came together to form the core group that is leading efforts to establish a United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Local Network in Canada. Signatories to this ongoing engagement effort include:
UNGC local networks already exist in many parts of the world. Their purpose is to facilitate the progress of Global Compact member companies with respect to implementation of the 10 Principles, while also providing opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action. For the UNGC signatories in Canada, the local network is intended to:
For much of 2011, Suncor suspended its operations in Libya and evacuated all our expatriate staff due to growing conflict in that country. In December of that year, we did the same in Syria. In 2012, Suncor gradually returned to Libya following a change in the political regime and the lifting of international sanctions (our operations remained suspended in Syria).
In 2012, we conducted human rights training workshops for our Libyan employees in London, England. Among the subjects covered:
We continue to work with stakeholders on the ground and collaborate with other IOCs in Libya to better understand and address the social risks of operating in that nation. We have also translated our Human Rights policy into Arabic.
In 2013, we piloted new human rights and CSR tools in Libya with the goal that, if they could work in a conflict-afflicted nation, they would be robust enough to apply across our global operations. Among these tools was a formal mechanism for resolving stakeholder grievances against the company.
In consultation with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), Suncor’s sustainability efforts are focused on education initiatives that meet a growing demand for trade qualifications within Libya. In our tenure, we have provided equipment funding, instructor training and curriculum development for use at the Petroleum Training and Qualifying Institute (PTQI) in Tripoli and Swawia Technical Center in Zawiyah. These Institutes specialize in preparing high school students from across the country for work in Libya’s oil sector. Training is focused on developing skills that are integral in supporting the country’s oil and gas industry, including welding, instrumentation and electrical courses. The inaugural class of students graduated in June 2013.
Building on this education platform, Suncor has also been working with the NOC to develop a future Benghazi Petroleum Institute of Technology. As with PTQI, this facility will equip high school students from the Benghazi region with the skills to enter into an apprenticeship with a sponsoring company immediately following graduation. Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) planning is currently underway and program curriculum is in development.
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