We use the terms “CSR” and “sustainability” interchangeably in this report.
Our CSR Policy, which has governed CSR & sustainability at Enbridge since 2004, covers business ethics and transparency; environment, health and safety; stakeholder, Aboriginal and Native American engagement; employee relations; human rights; and community investment. This policy applies to the activities we undertake anywhere in the world by, or on behalf of, Enbridge and our subsidiaries and affiliates whose operations we manage.
As we state in the policy, we define CSR as “conducting business in a socially responsible and ethical manner; protecting the environment and the safety of people; supporting human rights; and engaging, learning from, respecting and supporting the communities and cultures with which we work.”
We recognize the increasing public demand for corporations to be accountable and transparent in all of their business activities, and to be seen as proactively dealing with the issues of the day. With that in mind, in 2002, we incorporated the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights—which were established by the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and which address responsible corporate action in conflict zones—into our Statement on Business Conduct. In addition, in 2003, we became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and committed to following its principles, including the “Precautionary Approach,” which states that “businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.”
CSR and sustainability are not new to Enbridge, and we have a long history of integrating this area into our decision making in alignment with global milestones. For more information, please see the Integrating CSR & Sustainability Timeline section of this report.