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Conversations that will lead us to better, more responsible solutions means working with stakeholders, governments and industry partners. And while we might not always agree on everything, we do have a common goal – create energy to improve quality of life and do so in a sustainable way.
Environmental non-government organizations (ENGO) partnerships
It strikes some observers as curious that we seek out relationships with groups and individuals who are openly critical of oil sands development. We do it because we think it’s important to listen and understand other perspectives. We find value in thinking about things differently and this often leads to new ideas, joint problem solving or different ways of working with our stakeholders.
Finding common ground
ENGOs are involved in a variety of activities on a wide range of issues. We may have disagreements on some issues and find common ground and mutual benefit by working together on other issues.
We work hard to understand and learn from ENGOs because we value their knowledge, insights and diverse perspectives.
Environment of mutual respect
We seek to engage with ENGOs in an atmosphere of mutual respect, although this does not mean either side is co-opted by the other. Our ENGO partners are free to publicly criticize our company or industry as they see fit except on specific initiatives in which we’ve agreed to co-operate. We, in turn, are 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.
We have entered into several successful partnerships with ENGOs in recent years. These organizations include:
Environmental multi-stakeholder working groups
We believe working with stakeholders to understand their environmental concerns is the best way to develop programs to monitor the environment and to develop a better understanding of environmental limits. We are a member of:
We also participate in industry organizations that work to improve the industry’s environmental, social and economic performance. These organizations include:
We are a member of several industry associations. There is strength in having forums for creating alignment and discussing issues. For a list of certain industry associations, please refer to Lobbying and Disclosure.
We value and advocate reaching out to diverse stakeholders to generate constructive dialogue about energy development. In 2013, we joined the Resource Works multi-stakeholder coalition to encourage broad dialogue on energy and resource development in Canada. Through this partnership, we hope to encourage Canadians to learn more about the value the resource sector brings to their daily lives and the Canadian economy.
Learn more at Resource Works