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Check out the GRI Content Index page on Suncor's 2017 Report on Sustainability

Check out the GRI Content Index page on Suncor's 2017 Report on Sustainability

Check out the GRI Content Index page on Suncor's 2017 Report on Sustainability

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This Report on Sustainability has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines ‘Core’ option and uses the Oil and Gas Sector Disclosures.

Additionally, our 2017 Communication on Progress, detailing our commitment and implementation of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles has been integrated throughout this report.

The tables below provide information about:

  • G4 standard disclosures and material issues (aspects) covered in this report
  • UNGC principles addressed
  • where to find additional information, either within this report, or other public disclosures, and
  • G4 standard disclosures that have been externally assured

Read more about:

General standard disclosures

These general standard disclosures describe our organization and sustainability reporting processes.

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Strategy and analysis

Organizational profile

General
Standard
Disclosures
Link or direct answer External
Assurance
 
UNGC 
G4-3

Suncor Energy Inc.

 
G4-4

Our operations

 
G4-5

Calgary, Alberta Canada

 
G4-6

Our operations

 
G4-7

Our operations

 
G4-8

Our operations

 
G4-9

Our operations

[Performance data > Economic > Revenues, market capitalization]:

[Performance data > Social > Suncor employees and contractors]:

 
G4-10

Total workforce by employment type, contract, and region, and gender by total workforce, by location are reported in the following pages in this report:
[Performance data > Social > Suncor employees and contractors]:

 

No data management system is currently in place to report all employment types by gender (contractors). We anticipate fully reporting this indicator in 2018.

G4-11

[Performance data > Social > Workforce unionized]:

For additional information related to our employees and collective agreements, see our Annual Information Form dated March 1, 2017, p. 26 (PDF, 98 pp., 357 KB)

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G4-12

Contribution to economy

 
G4-13

Performance data

 
G4-14 Vision and strategy  
G4-15  
G4-16

Partnerships and collaboration

 

 

Identified material aspects and boundaries

General
Standard
Disclosures
Link or direct answer External
Assurance
UNGC
G4-17

Suncor Energy Inc. Annual Report 2016, pp. 22-24 (PDF, 5 pp. 358 KB)

For more information about the entities not covered in this report, refer to the performance data page(s).

 
G4-18 Materiality review  
G4-19

Materiality review

 
G4-20  
G4-21  
G4-22

Any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports and reasons for re-statements can be found throughout the performance data pages and accompanying footnotes for specific indicators that have been restated.

 
G4-23

Significant changes from previous reporting periods in scope, boundary or measurement methods can be found on the performance data page as well as introductory statements for specific business segment performance data pages.

 

 

Stakeholder engagement

General
Standard
Disclosures
Link or direct answer External
Assurance
UNGC
G4-24

Social responsibility

 
G4-25

Social responsibility

 
G4-26  
G4-27

 

 

Report profile

General
Standard
Disclosures
Link or direct answer External
Assurance
UNGC
G4-28

January 1 – December 31, 2016

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G4-29

July, 2016

-

 
G4-30

Annual

-

 
G4-31

1-866-SUNCOR-1 (1-866-786-2671) or email us

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G4-32

‘In accordance’ – Core

-

 
G4-33

An independent third-party has provided assurance on selected key performance indicators for our Report on Sustainability. The assurance report and indicators that were reviewed can be found on the performance data page.

 

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Governance

General
Standard
Disclosures
Link or direct answer External
Assurance
UNGC
G4-34

Corporate governance

For additional information about our corporate governance structure, and committees of the Board, refer to Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary of our 2017 Management Proxy Circular (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB).

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G4-35

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary - Risk Oversight, pp. C-3 to C-4)


Additionally, a Strategic Issues Management Process is in place to effectively manage our strategic issues. The process identifies, monitors and manages key environmental, economic and social issues most critical to our business and our external stakeholders and sets up a governance system to oversee the management of the issues.

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G4-36

We have several senior leadership positions whose roles include sustainability oversight in the organization, including:

  • Executive Vice President, Business Services (directly reports to the CEO)
  • Vice President, Sustainability & Communications
  • General Manager, Sustainability

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G4-37

Social responsibility


For additional information about stakeholder feedback with our Board of Directors, refer to our 2017 Management Proxy Circular (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary – Communications/Disclosure Policy and Stakeholder Feedback, p. C-4)

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G4-38

Suncor Energy Inc. Annual Information Form dated March 1, 2017 (PDF, 98 pp., 357 KB) (Directors and executive officers, pp. 71-76)

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G4-39

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule D: Position description for independent board chair)

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G4-40

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary, pp. C-11 to C-13)

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G4-41

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary – Conflicts of Interest, p. C-9)

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G4-42

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule F: Board Terms of Reference – Part IV: Mandate of the Board of Directors, pp. F-4 to F-6)

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G4-43

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary – Orientation and Continuing Education, pp. C-7 to C-9)


Additionally, our Board of Directors receive periodic reports from our Vice President, Sustainability & Communications. The Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Committee of the Board also receives quarterly updates and stewardship on our priority sustainability issues.

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G4-44

The Board completes an annual self-evaluation. For details, see the Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 11 pp., 888 KB)(Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary – Assessment of Directors, pp. C-12 to C-13)


Specific information about topics reviewed and action plans that are developed are confidential and not reported.

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G4-45

The Board oversees Suncor’s Enterprise Risk Management Program. For details, see the Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary – Risk Oversight, pp. C-3 to C-5)

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G4-46

The Board oversees Suncor’s Enterprise Risk Management Program. For details, see the Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary – Risk Oversight, pp. C-3 to C-5)

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G4-47

The Board oversees Suncor’s Enterprise Risk Management Program. For details, see the Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Schedule C: Corporate Governance Summary – Risk Oversight, pp. C-3 to C-5)

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G4-48

Our Executive Leadership Team, including the CEO, review and approve this report prior to publication.

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G4-49

Issues of concern are elevated through the Strategic Issues Management Process to a senior leadership governance body. The Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainable Development committee of the Board also reviews the effectiveness to which we achieve objectives pertaining to the environment, health, safety and sustainable development. This committee also receives a quarterly update and stewardship on our priority sustainability issues

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G4-50

Throughout 2016, key issues focused on climate change, water and First Nations issues. In depth discussions, goal setting and initiatives to address these issues have been ongoing and will continue to evolve.

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G4-51

Executive pay

For more information, see the Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Board of Directors Compensation and Executive Compensation, pp. 17-58)

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G4-52

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Board of Directors Compensation and Executive Compensation, pp. 17-58)

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G4-53

Suncor Energy Inc. Management Proxy Circular 2017 (PDF, 111 pp., 888 KB) (Advisory Vote on Approach to Executive Compensation, p. 16)

 

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Ethics and integrity

General
Standard
Disclosures
Link or direct answer External
Assurance
UNGC
G4-56

Ethical business conduct

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10
G4-57

Ethical business conduct

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10
G4-58

Ethical business conduct

 

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Specific standard disclosures

These specific standard disclosures provide context for our management of and performance related to issues identified through our materiality review process.

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Category: Economic

DMA and
Indicators
Link or direct answer
[Performance data section > Data category > Indicator]
• Company total and/or by business area
Omissions External
Assurance
UNGC
  Aspect: Economic performance
     
G4-DMA

Economic

   
G4-EC1

[Performance Data > Economic > Economic value generated and distributed]:


[Performance Data > Social > Community Investment]:

 

   
G4-EC2

 

   
G4-EC3

Suncor Energy Inc. Annual Report 2016, (pp. 110-113) (PDF, 54 pp., 358 KB)

   
G4-EC4

[Performance Data > Economic > tax and royalty credits earned]:

   
  Aspect: Market Presence      
G4-DMA

Economic

   
G4-EC5

[Performance Data > Social > Ratios of lowest and average wage to minimum wage]:

 

   
G4-EC6

Our employees

   
  Aspect: Indirect Economic Impacts      
G4-DMA

Economic

   
G4-EC7    
G4-EC8    
  Aspect: Procurement Practices      
G4-DMA

Economic

   
G4-EC9

[Performance Data > Economic > Purchases]:


For more information regarding spending on locally based suppliers, view our Economic page.

   
OG1

[Performance Data > Environment > Production]:

 

 

Yes

Performance Data

 

Category: Environmental

DMA and
Indicators

Link or direct answer

[Performance data section > Data category > Indicator]
• Company total and/or by business area

Omissions External
Assurance
UNGC
 

Aspect: Energy

     
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN3

[Performance Data > Environment > Energy use]:

Suncor's 2017 CDP Climate Change Response, (pp. CC11) (PDF, 104 pp., 638 KB)

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G4-EN4

[Performance Data > Environment > Energy use]:

Suncor's 2017 CDP Climate Change Response, (pp. CC11) (PDF, 104 pp., 638 KB)

 
G4-EN5

[Performance Data > Environment > Energy use]:

 
G4-EN6

[Performance Data > Environment > Reduction in energy consumption]:

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G4-EN7   8,9 
OG2

Suncor's 2017 CDP Climate Change Response, (p. OG6.1 and OG6.2) (PDF, 104 pp., 638 KB)

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OG3

[Performance Data > Environment > Production]:

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  Aspect: Water      
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN8

[Performance Data > Environment > Water withdrawal]:

 

Yes

Performance Data

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G4-EN9

Water stewardship

Suncor's 2017 CDP Water Response, (pp. CC1.2a, CC5.1 and CC5.1a) (PDF, 46 pp., 340 KB)

 
G4-EN10

Water use

[Performance Data > Environment > Average annual water recycling rate]:

 
  Aspect: Biodiversity      
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN11

[Performance Data > Environment > Land holdings for potential and approved development]:

Additional information:

 
G4-EN12

[Performance Data > Environment > Total land disturbed]:

Additional information:

 

Yes

Performance Data

G4-EN13

[Performance Data > Environment > Land reclaimed]:

Additional information:

 

Yes

Performance Data

OG4 Land and biodiversity    
  Aspect: Emissions      
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN15

[Performance Data > Environment > GHG emissions]:

Additional information:

 

Yes

Performance Data

7, 8 
G4-EN16

[Performance Data > Environment > GHG emissions]:

Additional information:

 

Yes

Performance Data

7, 8 
G4-EN17

[Performance Data > Environment > GHG emissions]:

  7, 8 
G4-EN18

[Performance Data > Environment > GHG emissions]:

 

Yes

Performance Data

G4-EN19   8, 9 
G4-EN20

[Performance Data > Environment > Ozone depleting substances]:

  7, 8 
G4-EN21

[Performance Data > Environment > SO2,NOx and VOC emissions]:

  7, 8 
  Aspect: Effluents and waste      
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN22

[Performance Data > Environment > Water discharge quality]:

These reported water effluent discharges are planned and the water quality parameters must be analyzed and reported as per regulatory requirements.

Unplanned water discharges are rare in normal operating conditions. We currently report the number of unplanned water discharge events as well as the number of effluent/wastewater limit exceedances for applicable business units (reported to regulators).

This information is currently unavailable. We are looking into collecting data to report the quantity and quality of unplanned water discharge events and whether water discharges are reused by another organization and expect to fully report on this indicator in the near future, when collection and tracking information becomes available.

G4-EN23

[Performance Data > Environment > Hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated]:


Additional information:

 
G4-EN24

[Performance Data > Environment > Spills]:

 
G4-EN26  
OG5

[Performance Data > Environment > Produced water]:

   
OG6

Flared volumes are reported on the following pages:
[Performance Data > Environment > Flared gas]:

Suncor's 2017 CDP Climate Change Response, (pp. OG7.6a) (PDF, 104 pp., 638 KB)

We do not report vented gas as it is not material due to the operational practices we have in place to limit venting, such as vapour recovery units that are used on some of our storage tanks.  
OG7

[Performance Data > Environment > Drilling waste]:

   
  Aspect: Products and services       
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN27

[Performance Data > Environment > Ethanol blended into gasoline]:

Petro-Canada retail stations sell gasoline containing up to 10% ethanol in most markets. In addition, Petro-Canada fuels are Top Tier certified. Use of Top Tier qualified gasolines promotes cleaner engines, reduced emissions and optimal fuel economy.

At our upgrader and all of our refining facilities, we have introduced ultra-low sulphur diesel (15 parts per million (ppm) sulphur or less) production to meet Canadian legislative requirements. Suncor supplies renewable content in diesel fuel, meeting a 2% federal mandate, a 4% mandate in British Columbia, 2% mandate in Ontario, and 2% mandates in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Renewable diesel fuel reduces carbon monoxide as well as particulate emissions, which contribute to smog. We also have a biodiesel mixing facility at our Fort McMurray facility (ATT Terminal), seasonally supplying the mine and the local market with up to 5% biodiesel. Note that the mine operates on ultra-low sulphur diesel with sulphur content of less than 15 ppm.

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OG8

[Performance Data > Environment > Sulphur content in fuels]:

   
  Aspect: Compliance       
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN29

[Performance Data > Environment > Regulatory contraventions and fines]:

 
  Aspect: Overall       
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN31

[Performance Data > Environment > EH&S management]:

  7-9 
  Aspect: Environmental grievance mechanisms       
G4-DMA

Environment

   
G4-EN34

In 2016, 63 grievances, mostly related to environmental impacts, were documented through our formal grievance mechanism. Most concerned turbine noise from wind power projects in Southern Ontario. All of the grievances have been addressed and many have been resolved. Although all have been addressed, some may still be in progress and on their way to being resolved.

 

Category: Social

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DMA and
Indicators
Link or direct answer
[Performance data section > Data category > Indicator]
• Company total and/or by business area
Omissions External
Assurance
UNGC
  Aspect: Employment       
G4-DMA

Our employees

   
G4-LA1

[Performance Data > Social > New employee hires and employee turnover]:

 

 
G4-LA2

Information about our approach to compensation and benefits can be found on our careers page at
Suncor.com

   
G4-LA3

[Performance Data > Social > Return to work and retention rates]:

 
  Aspect: Labour/management relations       
G4-DMA

Our employees

   
G4-LA4

Skilled Labour

 
  Aspect: Occupational health and safety       
G4-DMA

Our employees

   
G4-LA5

Suncor’s workforce at Oil Sands, In Situ, Exploration & Production and Refining & Marketing that include operations are represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees. These committees address health and safety concerns and provide guidance on required next steps.

   
G4-LA6

[Performance Data > Social > Injury frequencies and fatalities]:


Occupational disease claims are also reported internally as well as to the regulators for the applicable jurisdiction. Suncor also reports internally on incidence rates for non-occupational illnesses through our Integrated Disability Management program on an enterprise-wide level as well as by business unit.

 

Yes

Performance Data

 
G4-LA7

Our operations are not in regions where our employees might inherently be at high risk to communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis, or other serious diseases.


Read more about our approach to occupational health and wellness

   
G4-LA8

Skilled Labour

   
  Aspect: Training and education       
G4-DMA

Our employees

   
G4-LA9

[Performance Data > Social > Training and development]:

 

 

Data for the average hours of training per employee per year is currently unavailable. We recently transitioned to a new learning management system (LMS), allowing us to design, plan, deliver and track employee learning activities across the organization. We are determining how this solution will allow us to report more on this indicator in the near future.
G4-LA10

Building Talent

   
G4-LA11

[Performance Data > Social > Employees receiving performance reviews]:

 

 
  Aspect: Diversity and equal opportunity       
G4-DMA

Our employees

   
G4-LA12

Directors and executive officers can be found in our Annual Information Form dated March 1, 2017 (PDF, 98 pp., 357 KB) (pp. 71-76)


Employees by employee category are reported in the following performance data pages of this report:
[Performance Data > Social > Minority group, gender and age indicators]:

 

 
  Aspect: Equal remuneration for women and men       
G4-DMA

Our employees

   
G4-LA13

[Performance Data > Social > Percentage of basic salary (women to men)]:

 

 

Sub-category: Society

DMA and
Indicators

Link or direct answer

[Performance data section > Data category > Indicator]
• Company total and/or by business area

Omissions External
Assurance
UNGC
  Aspect: Indigenous Rights      
OG9   1, 2 
  Aspect: Local communities       
G4-DMA

Social responsibility

   
G4-SO1  
G4-SO2

Social responsibility

 
OG10

Social responsibility

   
OG11

[Performance Data > Environment > Land disturbance & reclamation ]:

Additional information:

 

   
  Aspect: Anti-corruption       
G4-DMA

Economic

   
G4-SO3

Ethical business conduct

 

Risks around bribery and corruption related to our foreign operations can be found in our Annual Information Form dated March 1, 2017 (PDF, 98 pp., 357 KB) (p. 64-65)

  10 
G4-SO4

 

Training specific to the prevention of improper payments is provided on a targeted basis to certain individuals in high-risk jobs and jurisdictions. Certain third party business associates are also provided with anti-corruption training, based on assessed risk.

  10 
G4-SO5

No unlawful bribery or corruption incidents were recorded in 2016, nor were any such actions brought against Suncor.

  10 
  Aspect: Public policy       
G4-DMA

Public policy participation

   
G4-SO6

[Performance Data > Economic > Political donations]:


In past years, Suncor has made minimal political donations in areas where we operate, where permitted by law. Contributions since 2012 are disclosed on the lobbying and disclosure page of this report. As of June 1, 2016, Suncor no longer makes political contributions as a matter of policy, except in exceptional circumstances.

  10 
  Aspect: Anti-competitive behaviour       
G4-DMA

Economic

   
G4-SO7

Ethical business conduct


No regulatory enforcement actions were initiated for anti-competitive conduct against Suncor in 2016.


Suncor’s business code of conduct provides that Suncor shall in the conduct of its business (a) avoid all practices and activities that are a violation of any provision of competition law, and (b) support and encourage the maintenance of a competitive economy.

   
  Aspect: Compliance       
G4-DMA

Economic

   
G4-SO8

There were no material fines or non-monetary sanctions levied on Suncor in 2016 for non-compliance with laws and regulations.

   
  Aspect: Asset integrity and process safety       
OG13

Process safety

 

 

 

Sub-category: Product responsibility

DMA and
Indicators

Link or direct answer

[Performance data section > Data category > Indicator]
• Company total and/or by business area

Omissions External
Assurance
UNGC
OG14

[Performance Data > Environment > Net production]

 

[Performance Data > Environment > Ethanol blended into gasoline]

 

We currently do not have formal processes in place that establish sustainability criteria for the biofuels we produce or purchase. Sustainability criteria for our produced/purchased biofuels aren’t material for Suncor and therefore are not reported.

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