Partnerships and initiatives
It strikes some observers as curious that a company like Suncor would seek out relationships with groups and individuals who are openly critical of many aspects of the oil sands industry. The fact is that environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs), like the companies they monitor, are not all the same.
Finding common ground
ENGOs are often involved in a variety of activities on a wide range of issues. On some of those activities and issues, we may have profound disagreements, whereas on others we may find common ground and mutual benefit in working together.
ENGOs have the potential to influence investors, regulators, governments and other stakeholders through research, presentations and direct appeals to the general public. Suncor works hard to understand and learn from their research because we value their diverse perspectives.
Environment of mutual respect
As a starting principle, Suncor seeks to engage with ENGOs in an atmosphere of mutual respect, although this does not mean either side is co-opted by the other. With the exception of specific initiatives on which we have agreed to co-operate, our ENGO partners are free to publicly criticize our company or industry as they see fit. Suncor, in turn, is free to counter statements and research by ENGO partners if we know it to be contrary to established facts. Simply put, both sides can agree to disagree, while continuing to work together for the greater good.
Suncor has entered into several successful partnerships with ENGOs in recent years. Those organizations include: