Just about everybody has at one time or another felt anxious about an impending report card and how others might react to it. As former students, we all remember those nervous days in anticipation of receiving our grades.
Will my hard work be rewarded? Was it too little too late? What will my parents think of my attendance record? Will they really believe the dog ate it?
Once the report card surfaced, then there was the dread we felt reading comments written by the teacher.
Am I really the class chatterbox? Do I have a problem sharing with others?
2012 Report on Sustainability released
Reporting on performance has certainly been top of mind here at Suncor over the past few weeks. That’s because we’ve been busily preparing our 2012 Report on Sustainability.
The report, released July 9 online in English and French, is a comprehensive review of our environmental, social and economic performance for the year. A print summary will follow in the coming weeks. As explored in a previous OSQAR, stakeholder expectations for robust reporting are high and the report is a good way to be transparent and fully disclose how we operate.
Not-so-good news included too
With the theme, “Perspectives: Creating our energy future together,” the report includes the good news and not-so-good news. We celebrate our achievements, but also examine our challenges.
Pulling together the report is no easy feat. It takes about eight months to prepare and some 300 people from across the company are involved. It draws on data from every area and function of our company.
Environmental, social and economic performance highlights from the report include:
- $1.9 billion in goods and services spending with Aboriginal businesses;
- a 50% decline in Suncor’s water withdrawal from the Athabasca River since 2004;
- $130 million invested in communities by Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation since 1998.
You might also want to check out some key areas of the report including:
- The President and CEO Message;
- An interview with Gord Lambert, Suncor's vice president, Sustainability, on collaboration; and
- Our 2012 Report on Sustainability video, which explores stakeholder perspectives on energy, the environment and the oil sands.
While we may not be achieving straight "A"s just yet, we are making progress. And we think that’s a story worth telling.