Company scores for excellence in Aboriginal Relations
FORT McMURRAY, Alberta – Syncrude Canada Ltd. has, for the third time, earned gold level accreditation in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
The accreditation follows a rigourous self-assessment by Syncrude of its work in the area of Aboriginal Development and independent verification of the self-assessment by the National Quality Institute.
“This latest achievement tells me that Syncrude’s efforts in the area of Aboriginal Development are seen to be working and leading the industry,” said company president and chief operating officer, Jim Carter, noting that Syncrude is only one of seven Canadian companies to currently hold gold level distinction. “It also strengthens our resolve to continue to do our best to be a good neighbour to our Aboriginal stakeholders.”
PAR is a systematic and sustainable approach to Aboriginal relations that focuses on employment, business development, individual capacity development and community relations. It helps companies like Syncrude develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal people by setting goals and measuring the progress of corporate Aboriginal Development programs. Syncrude was first accredited under the program in 2002 and again in 2004.
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is a national not-for-profit organization that works to promote the full participation of Aboriginal people in the Canadian economy. It connects Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and companies with opportunities that will lead to personal and business success.