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Suncor-wide

This 2016 Report on Sustainability summarizes our sustainability performance for the 2015 reporting year and provides five-year performance trends on consolidated social, environmental and economic data, where possible.

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Environment

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Indicator Unit Footnote GRI
Disclosures
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Production                
Upstream processed volumes and net production million barrels of oil equivalent / year OG1 175.9 176.39  186.64 162.03  171.63

Footnote A:
Upstream production includes: Oil Sands, North America Onshore, In Situ and East Coast Canada.

Transfers between In Situ and Oil Sands have been removed from the Suncor-wide total. Updated production definition for East Coast Canada resulted in updated 2011 production number.

Barrels of oil equivalent and cubic metres of oil equivalent may be misleading as an indicator of value. See “Advisories”.

Upstream processed volumes and net production million cubic metres (m3) of oil equivalent / year OG1 27.8 28.04  29.67 25.75  27.29

Footnote A:
Upstream production includes: Oil Sands, North America Onshore, In Situ and East Coast Canada.

Transfers between In Situ and Oil Sands have been removed from the Suncor-wide total. Updated production definition for East Coast Canada resulted in updated 2011 production number.

Barrels of oil equivalent and cubic metres of oil equivalent may be misleading as an indicator of value. See “Advisories”.

Downstream net production million m3 refined product / year OG1 26.55 27.46 27.35 27.16  27.62

Footnote B:
Downstream production data includes saleable yield from Refining & Marketing Canada and Refining & Marketing U.S.A. Data from Suncor’s Refining & Marketing (R&M) business units and the St. Clair ethanol plant. Transfers within R&M have been removed from downstream production. Wind, Terminals, Pipelines and the Montreal Sulphur plant do not contribute to R&M production or Suncor Wide production, due to the definition of the corporate wide production metric.

Total upstream and downstream production million m/ year OG1 48.7 49.09 49.79 45.38  48.24

Footnote C:
The sum of upstream and downstream net production minus upstream to downstream transfers. Production numbers found in Suncor’s annual report are for upstream volumes only and include production from non-operated assets.

This differs from production numbers used in Suncor’s Report on Sustainability, which include only operated facilities, but also include downstream volumes. Sustainability reports net production on a facility basis, which is a measure of total saleable product. Updated production definition for East Coast Canada resulted in an updated 2011 upstream production number which impacted this value as well.

Air emissions              

Footnote D:
Emissions from the production of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, ethanol and refined products. Emissions are also inclusive of the production of retail products at the Mississauga, Ont. lubricants facility, Canadian Terminals, Alberta Pipelines and the Montreal Sulphur Plant.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) thousand tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)

G4-EN15

G4-EN16

18,251 20,257 20,535 20,468  20,480

Footnote E:
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are calculated using a facility-specific methodology which utilizes various reference methodologies that have been accepted by the relevant jurisdictions within which each facility is required to report GHG emissions. Methodology has been followed where a jurisdiction has a prescribed one and if none exist, then the most applicable and accurate methods available are used to quantify each emission source.

This report uses global warming potentials (GWPs) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (2007) to convert individual GHGs into CO2e units.

GHG emissions intensity tonnes CO2e/m3 OE production

G4-EN18

0.38 0.41 0.41 0.45 0.42

Footnote F:
Suncor-wide GHG intensity is calculated using total upstream and downstream production minus transfers between upstream and downstream business units.

Indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions thousand tonnes CO2e G4-EN17 1,485 1,594 1,628 1,466  1,549

Footnote G:
Indirect Scope 3 GHG emissions reported here include GHG emissions reported for R&M consisting of purchased hydrogen and CO2 streams we produce that are sold to third parties for further processing as well as corporate wide emissions from:

• commercial air travel
• Sunjet travel
• Sunjet chartered flights
• leased buildings (Suncor Energy Centre, Sheridan Park and Suncor Business Centre)
• ground transportation services for employees and contractors in Fort McMurray
• licensed Canadian fleet vehicles

In 2013 it was brought to our attention that industry best practice for disclosing emissions associated with the purchasing of hydrogen should be classified as a Scope 3 indirect source as they do not fall under the Scope 2 indirect emission categories of purchased electricity, purchased steam, purchased heating or purchased cooling. Therefore emissions from purchased hydrogen are reported as a Scope 3 indirect source and are not reported as a Scope 2 indirect emission source. 2011 data does not include licensed fleet emissions which have been reported since 2012.
The breakdown for 2015 includes:

• facilities: 7,048 tonnes of CO2e
• ground transportation: 14,715 tonnes of CO2e
• Canadian light truck fuel fleet: 3,244 tonnes of CO2e
• business travel: 36,618 tonnes of CO2e (applies to both commercial air travel and Sunjet scheduled and chartered flights)
• Hydrogen purchased from third parties: 1,270,274 tonnes of CO2e
• CO2 sold from our facilities to third parties: 217,527 tonnes of CO2e

Based on the defined scope, Suncor’s 2015 Scope 3 emissions were 1,549,426 tonnes of CO2e.

Sulphur dioxide (SO2) thousand tonnes   G4-EN21 32.8 28.5 23.2 23.1  18.4
SO2 emission intensity kilograms/m3 production   G4-EN21 0.67 0.58 0.47 0.51  0.38
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) thousand tonnes   G4-EN21 38.3 36.2 33.3 27.8  27.9
NOx emissions intensity kilograms/m3 production   G4-EN21 0.78 0.74 0.67  0.61  0.58
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) thousand tonnes   G4-EN21 24.6 22.7 13.4 17.5  21.1
  • Benzene
tonnes   G4-EN21 94 87.2 95.23 88.0 89.6
National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) on-site releases thousand tonnes G4-EN21 117.6 115.4 82.87 96.7  104.5

Footnote H:
National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) on-site releases include all NPRI-reportable nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, total volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and total particulate matter.

More information about the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency website. Beginning in 2015, TRI releases are no longer reported in our Report on Sustainability.

View Suncor's submissions to the:
Facility Reported Data on the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI)
U.S. Toxins Release Inventory (TRI) program

Energy consumption              

Footnote I:
Energy consumption by source is not reported at this time.
Suncor-wide total energy is inclusive of energy consumed by pipeline stations located in Alberta, which are included in R&M business unit values. The energy total for this source for 2015 was approximately 602,277 GJ.

Energy use million gigajoules (GJ)  

G4-EN3

G4-EN4

261 282.4 299.3 304.3 

310.4

  • Direct energy use
million GJ G4-EN3 243.7 269.8 291 296  301

Footnote J:
Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor operated facilities.

Indirect energy includes imported electricity, steam, heating and cooling duty from third parties. The indirect energy calculation methodology was changed to credit operations for electricity exported to external users and/or other Suncor facilities. The facility that exports the electricity subtracts the equivalent gigajoules of electricity from their indirect energy use. The facility that receives the electricity counts it as a Scope 2 indirect energy use, regardless of source. Suncor’s renewable operations produced over 310,000 MWh (1.13 million GJ) to the Alberta and Ontario power grids from operated wind farms. This power then ultimately supplies Suncor’s operations in Alberta and Ontario with renewable electricity through the provincial power grids.

Energy intensity is calculated using total upstream and downstream production.

  • Indirect energy use
million GJ G4-EN4 17.35 12.51 8.37 8.24 9.78

Footnote J:
Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor operated facilities.

Indirect energy includes imported electricity, steam, heating and cooling duty from third parties. The indirect energy calculation methodology was changed to credit operations for electricity exported to external users and/or other Suncor facilities. The facility that exports the electricity subtracts the equivalent gigajoules of electricity from their indirect energy use. The facility that receives the electricity counts it as a Scope 2 indirect energy use, regardless of source. Suncor’s renewable operations produced over 310,000 MWh (1.13 million GJ) to the Alberta and Ontario power grids from operated wind farms. This power then ultimately supplies Suncor’s operations in Alberta and Ontario with renewable electricity through the provincial power grids.

Energy intensity is calculated using total upstream and downstream production.

Energy intensity GJ / m3 production G4-EN5 5.34 5.75 6.01 6.70 6.44

Footnote J:
Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor operated facilities.

Indirect energy includes imported electricity, steam, heating and cooling duty from third parties. The indirect energy calculation methodology was changed to credit operations for electricity exported to external users and/or other Suncor facilities. The facility that exports the electricity subtracts the equivalent gigajoules of electricity from their indirect energy use. The facility that receives the electricity counts it as a Scope 2 indirect energy use, regardless of source. Suncor’s renewable operations produced over 310,000 MWh (1.13 million GJ) to the Alberta and Ontario power grids from operated wind farms. This power then ultimately supplies Suncor’s operations in Alberta and Ontario with renewable electricity through the provincial power grids.

Energy intensity is calculated using total upstream and downstream production.

Water use                
Total water withdrawal million m3 G4-EN8 137.6 143.63 155.91 149.27 142.47

Footnote K:
Includes all water withdrawn from rivers, groundwater wells, industrial runoff and water purchased (municipality/city/district), either permanently or temporarily.

  • Surface water
    withdrawal
million m3   G4-EN8 121.23 110.88 113.02 116.36 118.92
  • Groundwater
    withdrawal
million m3   G4-EN8 2.73 3.2 3.04 2.1  2.72
  • Municipality / city / district water withdrawal
million m3   G4-EN8 3.85 4.14 4 3.49  4.27
  • Treated waste water withdrawal
million m3 G4-EN8 1.79 2.7 1.54 1.29  1.51

Footnote L:
As per GRI guidance, the volume of treated wastewater transferred between Suncor facilities has been reported in the water withdrawal total for the facility sending the water. It is not included in the water withdrawal total for the facility receiving that water.

  • Industrial run-off water withdrawal
million m3 G4-EN8 8.01 22.71 34.3 26.03 15.05

Footnote M:
Industrial runoff water is included as water withdrawn for all relevant facilities.

Surface water withdrawal intensity million m3   G4-EN8 2.48 2 2.27 2.56  2.46
Groundwater withdrawal intensity million m3   G4-EN8 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.05  0.06
Municipality / city / district water withdrawal intensity million m3   G4-EN8 0.08 0.07 0.08 0.08  0.09
Total water withdrawal intensity m/ m3 production   G4-EN8 2.82 2.59 3.13 3.29 2.95
Total water returned million m3   G4-EN22 97.7 87.06 97.14 101.22 97.46
Water consumption million m3   39.86 56.57 58.77 49.14 45.33

Footnote N:
Water consumed is the quantity of water used and not returned to its proximate source or no longer available for use. Includes water used and/or retained within an operation.

Water consumption intensity m/ m3 production     0.82 1.02 1.18 1.08 0.94
Waste management              

Footnote O:
Beginning in 2011, to better align with the GRI reporting guidelines, Suncor expanded the number of indicators for which it collects and reports data in the Waste Management category. Based on reclassification of waste streams for 2014 for our in situ facilities, the total value of hazardous waste generated would be 2,298.52 thousand tonnes.

Hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes   G4-EN23 466.34 2,086.49 2,230.90 2,298.70 1,992.12
Non-hazardous waste generated thousand tonnes   G4-EN23 281.04 434.63 235.34 213.87  398.97
Drilling waste disposed or treated thousand tonnes OG7 -- 63.19 116.1 126.9  70.3

Footnote P:
Suncor began reporting this GRI Oil and Gas Sector Supplement indicator in 2012. It is inclusive of drilling mud waste from drilling operations. This value has not been captured in the hazardous waste generated and non-hazardous waste generated values.

Waste recycled, reused, or recovered thousand tonnes   G4-EN23  242.29 125.22 96.95 88.72 135
Products and services                
Ethanol blended in gasoline thousand m3   G4-EN27 927.9 979 828 1,000  1,027
Sulphur content of gasoline parts per million (ppm)     24.9 25.8 22.7 18.7  15.7
Compliance                
Regulatory contraventions   G4-EN29 147 171 89 63 51

Footnote Q:
A regulatory contravention is an environmental incident that breaches a regulatory limit (prescribed threshold required by legislation, approval or permit from a regulatory authority) or requirement (any law, act, regulation, licence, standard, approval, directive and/or permit applicable to Suncor’s activities) and that triggers formal regulatory reporting.

Regulatory fines thousand $ G4-EN29 722 2,366 130 2,257 908

Footnote R:
Data includes regulatory fines related to environmental contraventions paid during the stated year. Details of regulatory fines can be found on applicable performance pages, by business area.

Total volume of reportable spills m3   G4-EN24 1,402 2,419 3,134 2,949 6,335
Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) management                
EH&S professionals on staff   G4-EN31 323 356 374 361 315

Footnote S:
Professionals (not including Professional Services Agreements (PSAs) and non-positioned contractors) dedicated to environment, health or safety matters, including the corporate office, Major Projects and personal and process safety management. Beginning in 2014 the Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) enablement group was added to this total. As of 2015, this indicator is only reported at a Suncor-wide total.

Suncor-wide Environment Footnotes
A

Upstream production includes: Oil Sands, North America Onshore, In Situ and East Coast Canada.

Transfers between In Situ and Oil Sands have been removed from the Suncor-wide total. Updated production definition for East Coast Canada resulted in updated 2011 production number.

Barrels of oil equivalent and cubic metres of oil equivalent may be misleading as an indicator of value. See “Advisories”.

B Downstream production data includes saleable yield from Refining & Marketing Canada and Refining & Marketing U.S.A. Data from Suncor’s Refining & Marketing (R&M) business units and the St. Clair ethanol plant. Transfers within R&M have been removed from downstream production. Wind, Terminals, Pipelines and the Montreal Sulphur plant do not contribute to R&M production or Suncor Wide production, due to the definition of the corporate wide production metric.
C

The sum of upstream and downstream net production minus upstream to downstream transfers. Production numbers found in Suncor’s annual report are for upstream volumes only and include production from non-operated assets.

This differs from production numbers used in Suncor’s Report on Sustainability, which include only operated facilities, but also include downstream volumes. Sustainability reports net production on a facility basis, which is a measure of total saleable product. Updated production definition for East Coast Canada resulted in an updated 2011 upstream production number which impacted this value as well.

D Emissions from the production of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, ethanol and refined products. Emissions are also inclusive of the production of retail products at the Mississauga, Ont. lubricants facility, Canadian Terminals, Alberta Pipelines and the Montreal Sulphur Plant.
E

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are calculated using a facility-specific methodology which utilizes various reference methodologies that have been accepted by the relevant jurisdictions within which each facility is required to report GHG emissions. Methodology has been followed where a jurisdiction has a prescribed one and if none exist, then the most applicable and accurate methods available are used to quantify each emission source.

This report uses global warming potentials (GWPs) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (2007) to convert individual GHGs into CO2e units.

F Suncor-wide GHG intensity is calculated using total upstream and downstream production minus transfers between upstream and downstream business units.
G

Indirect Scope 3 GHG emissions reported here include GHG emissions reported for R&M consisting of purchased hydrogen and CO2 streams we produce that are sold to third parties for further processing as well as corporate wide emissions from:

  • commercial air travel
  • Sunjet travel
  • Sunjet chartered flights
  • leased buildings (Suncor Energy Centre, Sheridan Park and Suncor Business Centre)
  • ground transportation services for employees and contractors in Fort McMurray
  • licensed Canadian fleet vehicles

In 2013 it was brought to our attention that industry best practice for disclosing emissions associated with the purchasing of hydrogen should be classified as a Scope 3 indirect source as they do not fall under the Scope 2 indirect emission categories of purchased electricity, purchased steam, purchased heating or purchased cooling. Therefore emissions from purchased hydrogen are reported as a Scope 3 indirect source and are not reported as a Scope 2 indirect emission source. 2011 data does not include licensed fleet emissions which have been reported since 2012.

The breakdown for 2015 includes:

  • facilities: 7,048 tonnes of CO2e
  • ground transportation: 14,715 tonnes of CO2e
  • Canadian light truck fuel fleet: 3,244 tonnes of CO2e
  • business travel: 36,618 tonnes of CO2e (applies to both commercial air travel and Sunjet scheduled and chartered flights)
  • Hydrogen purchased from third parties: 1,270,274 tonnes of CO2e
  • CO2 sold from our facilities to third parties: 217,527 tonnes of CO2e

Based on the defined scope, Suncor’s 2015 Scope 3 emissions were 1,549,426 tonnes of CO2e.

H

National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) on-site releases include all NPRI-reportable nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, total volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and total particulate matter.

More information about the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency website. Beginning in 2015, TRI releases are no longer reported in our Report on Sustainability.

View Suncor's submissions to the:

I

Energy consumption by source is not reported at this time.
Suncor-wide total energy is inclusive of energy consumed by pipeline stations located in Alberta, which are included in R&M business unit values. The energy total for this source for 2015 was approximately 602,277 GJ.

J

Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor operated facilities. 

Indirect energy includes imported electricity, steam, heating and cooling duty from third parties. The indirect energy calculation methodology was changed to credit operations for electricity exported to external users and/or other Suncor facilities. The facility that exports the electricity subtracts the equivalent gigajoules of electricity from their indirect energy use. The facility that receives the electricity counts it as a Scope 2 indirect energy use, regardless of source. Suncor’s renewable operations produced over 310,000 MWh (1.13 million GJ) to the Alberta and Ontario power grids from operated wind farms. This power then ultimately supplies Suncor’s operations in Alberta and Ontario with renewable electricity through the provincial power grids.

Energy intensity is calculated using total upstream and downstream production.

K

Includes all water withdrawn from rivers, groundwater wells, industrial runoff and water purchased (municipality/city/district), either permanently or temporarily.

L

As per GRI guidance, the volume of treated wastewater transferred between Suncor facilities has been reported in the water withdrawal total for the facility sending the water. It is not included in the water withdrawal total for the facility receiving that water.

M

Industrial runoff water is included as water withdrawn for all relevant facilities.

N

Water consumed is the quantity of water used and not returned to its proximate source or no longer available for use. Includes water used and/or retained within an operation.

O

Beginning in 2011, to better align with the GRI reporting guidelines, Suncor expanded the number of indicators for which it collects and reports data in the Waste Management category. Based on reclassification of waste streams for 2014 for our in situ facilities, the total value of hazardous waste generated would be 2,298.52 thousand tonnes.

P

Suncor began reporting this GRI Oil and Gas Sector Supplement indicator in 2012. It is inclusive of drilling mud waste from drilling operations. This value has not been captured in the hazardous waste generated and non-hazardous waste generated values.

Q

A regulatory contravention is an environmental incident that breaches a regulatory limit (prescribed threshold required by legislation, approval or permit from a regulatory authority) or requirement (any law, act, regulation, licence, standard, approval, directive and/or permit applicable to Suncor’s activities) and that triggers formal regulatory reporting.

R

Data includes regulatory fines related to environmental contraventions paid during the stated year. Details of regulatory fines can be found on applicable performance pages, by business area.

S

Professionals (not including Professional Services Agreements (PSAs) and non-positioned contractors) dedicated to environment, health or safety matters, including the corporate office, Major Projects and personal and process safety management. Beginning in 2014 the Operational Excellence Management System (OEMS) enablement group was added to this total. As of 2015, this indicator is only reported at a Suncor-wide total.

Economic1

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Indicator Unit Footnote GRI
Disclosures
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Economic value generated and distributed              

Footnote T:
To better align with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, the number of economic indicators typically reported have been reduced to align with G4-EC1 in calculating the economic value generated, distributed and ultimately retained.

Revenues and other income $ millions   G4-EC1 39,790 38,526 40,297 40,490 29,680
Operating, selling and general expense (OS&G) $ millions G4-EC1 8,424 8,897 9,462 9,541 8,607

Footnote U:
OS&G expenses are subject to historical restatements due to reclassifications within our income statement. The 2014 value was revised. Employee costs are reported in our Annual Report under Operating, Selling & General and include salaries, benefits and share-based compensation. Typically a portion of employee costs are capitalized as part of fixed assets.

  • Employee costs
$ billions G4-EC1 2.5 3.2  3.3 3.4 3.3

Footnote U:
OS&G expenses are subject to historical restatements due to reclassifications within our income statement. The 2014 value was revised. Employee costs are reported in our Annual Report under Operating, Selling & General and include salaries, benefits and share-based compensation. Typically a portion of employee costs are capitalized as part of fixed assets.

Royalties and taxes paid $ millions G4-EC4 3,161 3,828  3,347 5,259 1,805

Footnote V:
Monies remitted to government, including income, property, and other taxes; Crown royalties; and lease bonuses and rentals.

Community investments $ thousands G4-EC1 19,176 22,619  30,594 27,246 26,346

Footnote W:
Data reported for 2014 and 2015 were calculated by Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF). Values are not defined by the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) model as it is no longer an accurate reflection of our programs and strategies. 2011 to 2013 community investment values were reported according to this model.

Distribution to shareholders $ millions   G4-EC1 1,337 1,411 1,826 2,267 2,565
  • Dividends paid on common shares
$ millions   G4-EC1 664 756 1,095 1,490 1,648
  • Share capital issued under dividends     reinvestment plan
$ millions   G4-EC1 12 15 28 38 47
  • Interest expense on debt
$ millions   G4-EC1 661 640 703 739 870
Economic value retained                
Economic value retained $ millions G4-EC1 -- -- -- 23,396 16,677

Footnote X:
2014 was the first year that Suncor reported economic value retained, to better align with GRI reporting guidelines. This reflects the direct economic value generated (revenues) minus economic value distributed (operating costs [including employee costs], taxes and royalties paid, distribution to shareholders and community investments). The 2014 value has been revised based on a revision to the OS&G expenses.

Other financials                
Market capitalization (debt plus equity) $ billions   G4-9 56 60 66 66 67
Capital and exploration expenditures $ millions G4-EC1 6,850 6,957 6,777 6,961 6,667

Footnote Y:
Capital and exploration expenditures reported here includes capitalized interest.

Taxes and royalty credits earned includes the Investment Tax Credit on Scientific Research and Experimental Development Expenditures, Deep Gas Royalty Holiday Program and Alberta Royalty Tax Credit. The decline beginning in 2014 is due to decreased drilling activity by North America Onshore, resulting in lower royalty credits.

Taxes and royalty credits earned $ millions G4-EC4 21.85 31.56 31.1 21.8 11.3

Footnote Y:
Capital and exploration expenditures reported here includes capitalized interest.

Taxes and royalty credits earned includes the Investment Tax Credit on Scientific Research and Experimental Development Expenditures, Deep Gas Royalty Holiday Program and Alberta Royalty Tax Credit. The decline beginning in 2014 is due to decreased drilling activity by North America Onshore, resulting in lower royalty credits.

Political donations $ thousands G4-EC1
G4-SO6
58.3 80.1 73.4 95.6 14.6

Footnote Z:
Alberta’s Government no longer allows union or corporate donations, as of June 2015.  As such our contributions were considerably less in 2015. For more information, see the GRI Content Index page of this report, under G4-SO6.

Purchases                
Goods and services $ millions 10,853 11,220 11,487 11,951 12,797

Footnote AA:
Goods and services: 2013 and 2014 local spend excludes Oil Sands operations and Major Projects, due to data management capabilities of tracking local spend in these business areas.

Suncor-wide spend excludes Syria and Libya.

Goods and services purchased in or from:                
  • Canada
$ millions   9,794 10,284 10,584 10,915 11,178
  • Local businesses and suppliers
$ millions G4-EC9 5,110 5,536 3,498 4,920 4,504

Footnote AA:
Goods and services: 2013 and 2014 local spend excludes Oil Sands operations and Major Projects, due to data management capabilities of tracking local spend in these business areas.

Suncor-wide spend excludes Syria and Libya.

Aboriginal spend $ millions G4-EC9 290 284 431 463 599

Footnote BB:
Aboriginal businesses include those:
• with a minimum of 51% ownership by Aboriginal individuals or organizations
Values reported for Aboriginal supplier revenues earned from 2011-2013 include GST. Beginning in 2014, values reported reflect amounts captured in our enterprise software data management system, minus 5% GST.

Inclusion of contracts in the reporting year is based on the payment date, not the date of services rendered.

Data includes Aboriginal spend across Suncor’s operations Canada-wide. Prior to 2012, data was limited to spend within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Suncor-wide economic footnotes
1 Select economic figures have been calculated according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). For complete disclosure of our financial information, see our 2015 Annual Report (PDF, 136 pp., 2.80 MB)
T To better align with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, the number of economic indicators typically reported have been reduced to align with G4-EC1 in calculating the economic value generated, distributed and ultimately retained.
U OS&G expenses are subject to historical restatements due to reclassifications within our income statement. The 2014 value was revised. Employee costs are reported in our Annual Report under Operating, Selling & General and include salaries, benefits and share-based compensation. Typically a portion of employee costs are capitalized as part of fixed assets.
V Monies remitted to government, including income, property, and other taxes; Crown royalties; and lease bonuses and rentals.
W Data reported for 2014 and 2015 were calculated by Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF). Values are not defined by the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) model as it is no longer an accurate reflection of our programs and strategies. 2011 to 2013 community investment values were reported according to this model.
X 2014 was the first year that Suncor reported economic value retained, to better align with GRI reporting guidelines. This reflects the direct economic value generated (revenues) minus economic value distributed (operating costs [including employee costs], taxes and royalties paid, distribution to shareholders and community investments). The 2014 value has been revised based on a revision to the OS&G expenses.
Y

Capital and exploration expenditures reported here includes capitalized interest.

Taxes and royalty credits earned includes the Investment Tax Credit on Scientific Research and Experimental Development Expenditures, Deep Gas Royalty Holiday Program and Alberta Royalty Tax Credit. The decline beginning in 2014 is due to decreased drilling activity by North America Onshore, resulting in lower royalty credits.

Z Alberta’s Government no longer allows union or corporate donations, as of June 2015.  As such our contributions were considerably less in 2015. For more information, see the GRI Content Index page of this report, under G4-SO6.
AA

Goods and services: 2013 and 2014 local spend excludes Oil Sands operations and Major Projects, due to data management capabilities of tracking local spend in these business areas. 

Suncor-wide spend excludes Syria and Libya.

BB

Aboriginal businesses include those:

  • with a minimum of 51% ownership by Aboriginal individuals or organizations

Values reported for Aboriginal supplier revenues earned from 2011-2013 include GST. Beginning in 2014, values reported reflect amounts captured in our enterprise software data management system, minus 5% GST.

Inclusion of contracts in the reporting year is based on the payment date, not the date of services rendered.

Data includes Aboriginal spend across Suncor’s operations Canada-wide. Prior to 2012, data was limited to spend within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Social

Suncor-wide social footnotes
CC

Rates of absenteeism, lost days and occupational disease are tracked but not reported by Suncor.

DD

Lost time injury requires medical attention and results in an employee being absent from work on the next regularly-scheduled work day or any subsequent work day.

Lost time injury frequency is the number of such injuries per 200,000 hours worked, divided by the number of exposure hours.

EE

Recordable injuries include lost-time injuries as well as medical aid injuries. Medical aid injuries require medical attention but do not result in an employee being absent from work. Recordable injury frequency is the sum of lost-time and medical aid injuries per 200,000 hours worked, divided by the number of exposure hours.

FF

The number of fatalities reported are for employees and contractors (excluding prime contractors). The prime contractor for a work site is (a) the contractor, employer or other person who enters into an agreement with the owner of the work site to be the prime contractor, or (b) if no agreement has been made or if no agreement is in force, the owner of the work site.

We experienced 3 tragic employee fatalities at Oil Sands in 2014:

  • January 19, 2014 – an employee was fatally injured when he fell through the surface into a cavity containing sand and water.
  • April 20, 2014 – an employee was fatally electrocuted when working on a compressor/electrical panel.
  • May 7, 2014 – an employee was fatally injured when attacked by a black bear while working in a lay down yard.

Two prime contractors were also fatally injured in 2014 on Suncor’s sites. Prime contractors have full care, custody and control meaning they manage their own work and are responsible for maintaining safe working environments. These incidents are described below:

  • March 14, 2014 – A worker was overcome by water and the elements when a backhoe broke through the ice that was over top of a borrow pit.
  • June 2, 2014 – A worker was fatally injured when he was struck by a plate while performing maintenance work on a piece of heavy equipment.
GG

Everyone receives performance reviews, except those paid hourly. Hourly workers receive informal evaluations.

HH

Training and development is representative of fees for professional development courses taken by Suncor employees. This total consists of values reported for all business areas (Oil Sands, Exploration & Production, Refining & Marketing and St. Clair ethanol) and our corporate operations.

II

In 2013, scholarships for employee dependents was rolled into the employee benefits indicator G4-LA3.

JJ

Any externally hired regular full-time or regular part-time employee whose permanent start date falls within the period being reported.

KK

Defined as the percentage of employees who leave the organization under any circumstance in a given year. Only terminations are included and numbers are based on full-time and part-time Suncor employees only.

LL

All regular full-time and regular part-time employees may apply for maternity leave, parental leave and paternity leave. These are unpaid leaves. To qualify, you must have completed 13 continuous weeks of service before the anticipated date of placement of the child or prior to the commencement of your leave. Only regular full-time and regular part-time employees that took parental leave and returned to work prior to December 31, 2015 are included in the retention rate.

Historical data prior to 2012 is not available as this is a new GRI indicator.

MM

Beginning in January 2015, as part of an overall cost management program that began in 2014 accelerated by a low crude price environment, Suncor reduced the size of our workforce primarily through our contract workforce, not backfilling attrition for non-critical positions, and employee reductions.

NN

Contractor data includes both staged and structured contractors that are workforce or capacity planned.

OO

Unionized data is only applicable in areas where there is a unionized environment.

PP

Certain operating regions prohibit collecting information on gender, therefore data presented here may not be reflective of our entire workforce due to data availability.

Workforce diversity is calculated based on information provided voluntarily by employees. Indicators referring to ethnicity and disability reflect only those employees who consent for release of this information have been included.

QQ

Beginning in 2014, average salaries were calculated using a weighted average to ensure the data represents a comparison of equal level positions between men and women. Salary comparison data between women and men is reported on a Suncor-wide basis as position levels are corporately administered and do not differ based on operating area.

Base pay is linked to how an employee's job is classified within job families to ensure consistency of how work is assessed and valued across the company. Variation within a job's salary band recognizes an individual's position on the learning curve and demonstration of job capacity.

RR

Management is classified as front-line leaders, mid-level leaders, members of the management committee or members of the corporate committee.

SS

Data reported for 2011-2013 for total value of all contributions made to charitable, non-charitable and community groups was defined by the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) Canada model.

Since 2014, these values have been calculated by Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF). The SEF is audited annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

TT

Volunteer time is reported by employees to Suncor on a voluntary basis. The hours shown represent hours volunteered during working hours.

UU

In-kind contributions in 2013 were significantly higher as a result of the Alberta floods, the Colorado floods and our decommissioning of the Voyageur Upgrader site.

VV

The value of management costs in 2014 and 2015 is for the Suncor Energy Foundation only.

WW

External resources leveraged represents cash and in-kind value generated as a result of Suncor's involvement, but which is not a cost to the company (e.g. employee contributions through our Suncares employee programs, food donations, matching donations from other funders, etc.).

XX

Suncor established the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) in March 1998. The SEF is limited to providing donations to registered Canadian charitable organizations. This figure represents Suncor’s donation to the SEF for donations, operating budget and appropriate allocations to a reserve fund which protects multi-year commitments going forward. Charitable contributions to the community made by the SEF are included in the community investment values presented at the beginning of the table.

YY

Contributions in 2013 were significantly higher as a result of the activation of several Suncares Humanitarian matching grant programs for employees (Alberta floods, Colorado floods, Haiyan typhoon). In 2015 two SunCares Humanitarian matching grant programs for employees were activated (Nepal Earthquake and Syrian Refugee Crisis).

ZZ

United Way contributions for Suncor Energy U.S.A.