Suncor willing to 'put in the effort' in Aboriginal relations, certified gold by CCAB

Suncor Energy CEO Steve Williams. Image: Suncor Energy

Suncor Energy has been certified at gold-level in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). The award was presented at the 15th annual CCAB gala, where Suncor was recognized for its commitment to Canada's Aboriginal Peoples.

"This is an important recognition for Suncor as it acknowledges our continuous efforts to improve our performance, and strengthen relationships in the communities we operate," said Steve Williams, president and chief executive officer, Suncor, said in a statement. "We are honoured by the award, and also know that there is more work to be done."

Since receiving silver-level accreditation in 2014, Suncor has worked to address CCAB's recommendations and has imbedded Aboriginal relations programs across the organization. Examples of this progress include:

  • Development of a long-term social goal that seeks to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal Peoples. "The goal reflects Suncor's commitment to change the way we think and act as an organization, and outlines four areas where we can work together to advance greater involvement in energy development," the company says.
  • Maturity of integrated Aboriginal relations governance.
  • Establishment of the Aboriginal Employee Network (AEN), which is comprised of more than 400 employees with four focus areas: Community circle, Outreach circle, Aboriginal Awareness circle, and Advisory circle which support broader diversity and inclusion within Suncor and in community activities.
  • In 2016, Suncor spent $445 million with Aboriginal businesses, bringing the total spend to almost $3.9 billion since 1999.
  • The Suncor Energy Foundation's support for reconciliation, and investment in cultural initiatives, learning and youth.

"The PAR program encourages companies to evolve and participate in the Aboriginal business economy across Canada," said JP Gladu, president and CEO, CCAB. "Suncor has demonstrated that they are willing to put in the effort to continue learning and growing in this area. They are a role model for positive and progressive Aboriginal relations and more importantly, they have a continuous improvement philosophy and focus."

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