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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 benefiting 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 communication with government officials (otherwise known as lobbying) improves government decision making through open dialogue among government, stakeholders and industry and better informs government officials about Suncor, the energy industry and the effects of government policies.
Suncor has a policy that applies to all employees. The policy sets out guiding principles for interacting with governments, including required training and reporting, as well as roles and responsibilities.
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.
Membership disclosures proposed list
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
- Business Council of Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives)
- Colorado Petroleum Association
- Industrial Gas Users Association
- International Association of Oil and Gas Producers
- The Sulphur Institute
- Resource Works
- Strathcona Industrial Association
- Industrial Gas Consumers Association of Alberta
- American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers
- Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
- Canadian Propane Association
- Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association
- Mining Association of Canada
- Oil Sands Safety Association
- Sarnia & Lambton Environmental Association
- Oil Spill Response Limited
- World Economic Forum
- Canadian Fuels Association
For a listing of the groups that receive funding from the Suncor Energy Foundation, please refer to the CRA website and search for Suncor
In past years, Suncor has made minimal political donations in areas where we operate, where permitted by law. Contributions since 2012 can be found in the table below. In 2016, Suncor made a total of $2,892 in political contributions.
As of 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.