Report on Sustainability 2019

Social goal

Our relationship with Indigenous communities over the past 40 years has been a journey. We know that earning the trust and support of Indigenous Peoples and communities is foundational to our business.

There is much we can learn from Indigenous Peoples and communities. By listening and being willing to learn from one another, we can uncover mutual interests and build authentic relationships.

We know there is still work to be done, and we are making progress. Many initiatives are underway to embed our approach to Indigenous relations across all areas of our business. In 2016, we announced a social goal as part of our larger sustainability goals.

The social goal is a declaration of our intent to do things differently – to choose a new path that focuses on strengthening relationships with Indigenous Peoples and communities starting within Suncor. For us, that path is about working together and creating more opportunities for greater involvement in the energy industry, so the social and economic benefits from Canada’s resources are shared more fully.

The goal outlines four areas to focus on through 2025 and beyond, where we can work together to advance greater participation of Indigenous Peoples and communities in energy development. We continue to assess how to advance the goal and will refresh components as we learn and grow in our understanding and awareness.

Suncor’s social goal infographic reflects a medicine wheel. It is important to recognize there are many different versions of the medicine wheel, and not all Indigenous Peoples make use of the wheel.

Permission to use this Blackfoot concept of the Medicine Wheel was granted by Elder Casey Eagle Speaker

Suncor's social goal infographic, styled after a medicine wheel

Strengthening relationships

We can do more to learn about the history and experiences of Indigenous Peoples, so that we can better understand one another and change the way we think and act.

Partnering with Indigenous youth

Developing Indigenous youth leadership potential through meaningful connections within and outside of Suncor.

Partnering with Indigenous businesses

Increasing revenues to Indigenous businesses and communities through mutually beneficial marketing arrangements and procurement of materials and services.

Improving Indigenous workforce development

Focused efforts on hiring, retention and advancement of Indigenous employees across our business.

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