The world is changing. Society is changing. Business is changing.
We aspire to create energy for a better world. Our commitment to community investment is at the heart of that mission. We invest in change and social progress for the benefit of:
As stewards of valuable natural resources, we have the opportunity – and responsibility – to help build a better future. By supporting resilience, skills development and social well-being in the communities around us, we strive to create shared value and benefit for all involved.
We are here to connect and support, as well as to learn from our partners. By working with others, we increase our body of knowledge and make progress toward resolving complex social challenges.
Suncor and our private, non-profit, charitable organization, the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF), are guided by a strategy focused on targeted investments that are intended to help communities near our operations grow, thrive and become sustainable.
We believe we can be an effective partner in supporting sustainable communities by leveraging our strengths as an integrated energy company. That’s why we focus our investments in five key areas to support integrated initiatives that:
Collaboration is at the heart of our community investment strategy. By working collaboratively, we can find and realize opportunities for long-term solutions that can positively impact communities, future generations and our company. It also ensures we continue to understand each other’s interests, issues, needs and concerns.
“This approach allows us to work in partnership with communities to make a real difference on some of the big issues that impact both society and Suncor,” says Lori Gammell, project manager, social innovation and the SEF. “Whether it’s supporting Aboriginal youth, addressing skilled labour challenges or facilitating a dialogue on our shared energy future, our investments have the potential to be transformative, rather than transactional.”
Read more about how Suncor supports Aboriginal education
Find out how we address skilled labour challenges
Community investment: a conversation about our shared future
To mark the 15th anniversary of the SEF, we hosted a two-day gathering in October 2013 that facilitated conversations between more than 100 non-profit leaders. The central point of discussion: can a company convene and empower non-profit partners, funders, thinkers and innovators – and together be part of real change?
The answer that came from two days of thinking-outside-the-box conversations was 'yes'. We learned from one another how to make a difference and build better communities. We also learned that, working as an integrated team, we could be far more influential, creative and relevant.
For us, this gathering helped reaffirm that our community investment strategy is on the right track. Here are some examples of that strategy in action: