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Lobbying and disclosure

Membership Disclosures Proposed List (listed alphabetically)

Suncor participates in public policy discussions on a wide range of issues relevant to the company’s business and regularly communicates with governments in jurisdictions where it operates. Suncor believes that open dialogue between government, stakeholders and industry leads to improved government decision-making, thereby benefitting shareholders, as well as all other stakeholders. Through the company’s engagement activities, Suncor aims to decrease the probability of ad hoc or reactive policy development by working to achieve a balanced approach.

Suncor believes that communications with government officials (otherwise known as lobbying) Improves government decision-making through open dialogue between government, stakeholders and industry and better informs government officials about Suncor, the energy industry, and the effects of government policies.

Governance

Suncor has a policy that applies to all employees. The policy sets out guiding principles for interacting with governments, including required training, reporting as well as roles and responsibilities.

Membership Disclosures

Suncor participates in industry groups representing the interests of both the energy industry and the broader business community and in doing so promotes the public policy objectives important to Suncor, its shareholders and other stakeholders. However, Suncor’s participation as a member of these organizations comes with the understanding that Suncor may not always support every position taken by these organizations or their members.

Suncor also complies with all laws regarding lobbying and lobbying disclosure. As a matter of practice, Suncor does not engage third party (consultant) lobbyists.

As part of its commitment to enhanced transparency, Suncor is expanding its disclosure by publishing its policy on lobbying and political donations, and providing a list of organizations and trade associations that may lobby government, to which Suncor pays membership dues of greater than $50,000 and $100,000 per year.

Suncor has a demonstrated track record of transparent reporting. We believe additional disclosure about the resilience of our business strategy in a transition to a low carbon future benefits shareholders and stakeholders.

Suncor's enhanced disclosure is consistent with its strong focus on sustainability, reflects its openness to engage with shareholders and stakeholders and reflects best practice within the energy industry in Canada.

The following is a list of organizations and trade associations of which Suncor is a member that may engage in lobbying of governments.

$50K - $100K

  1. Canadian Chambers of Commerce
  2. Canadian Council of Chief Executives (now known as the Business Council of Canada)
  3. Ceres
  4. Colorado Petroleum Association
  5. Industrial Gas Users Association
  6. International Association of Oil and Gas Producers
  7. Oil Spill Response Limited
  8. One Ocean
  9. The Sulphur Institute
  10. Resource Works

>$100K

  1. American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufactures
  2. Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
  3. Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
  4. Canadian Fuels Association
  5. Canadian Propane Association
  6. Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association
  7. Mining Association of Canada
  8. Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
  9. Oil Sands Safety Association
  10. Sarnia & Lambton Environmental Association
  11. Strathcona Industrial Association
  12. World Economic Forum

For a listing of the groups that receive funding from the Suncor Energy Foundation, please refer to the CRA website and search for Suncor

Political Contributions

In past years, Suncor has made minimal political donations in areas where we operate, where permitted by law. Contributions since 2011 can be found in the table below. 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

$58,300

$80,100

$73,448

$95,595

$14,630

Effective June 1, 2016, Suncor no longer makes political contributions as a matter of policy, except in exceptional circumstances. Any such contributions will continue to be disclosed in this report.