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Sustainability

Continuously improving our strategies and processes to enhance sustainability of our own business and our customers'

Operating sustainably impacts our people, the environment and the communities where we live and work. SECURE recognizes that the ESG challenges it faces can present significant risks and opportunities to our organization and stakeholders, particularly over the long-term. Our sustainability strategy has been developed by focusing on those issues that can have a high impact on the success of our business, create business resiliency and are of priority to our stakeholders. Our strategy includes commitments to:

  • Foster a values-based safety culture;
  • Minimize the environmental impacts of our operations and those of our customers;
  • Manage the integrity of our assets; and
  • Create positive relationships with stakeholders in the communities where we live and work.

Explore our latest sustainability report (PDF) to see how we're tackling our sustainability challenges.


Environment

Minimizing environmental impacts of our own operations and our customers’

SECURE conducts business in a way that is focused on providing solutions that mitigate the environmental impacts of our operational activities and those of our customers while meeting or exceeding regulations. While our greatest impact is in the work we do for our customers, we have also undertaken measures to deliver these solutions with minimal environmental effects (link to Environment) from our own operations.

Responsible stewardship of the environment is integral to our business. Some examples include:

  • Recovery of crude oil at our midstream infrastructure facilities;
  • Scrap metal recycling;
  • Remediation and reclamation services; and
  • Pipeline-connected facilities reduce transportation of trucks on roads and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Pipeline-connected facilities also reduce the potential for transport-related vehicle accidents.
Climate change is among the greatest risk to future generations. At SECURE, we are committed being a part of the solution by participating in the energy transformation. In 2020, we created a road map for achieving our long-term emission targets. Aligned with the Canadian Government’s target of moving to net-zero emissions by 2050, our long-term goal is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with a commitment to setting near-term goals starting in 2021.
 
We believe that it is our responsibility to continually strive to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint.


Asset Integrity

The nature of our facility-based operations is asset heavy; from facilities, pipelines, landfills, sludge pads, and transfer stations SECURE created an Asset Integrity Management System (AIMS) to ensure that all SECURE assets are designed, constructed, operated, and maintained to a high standard of integrity throughout their entire lifecycle, from the initial design and construction through to day-to-day operations and decommissioning and abandonment. Efficient operation of our assets ensures we are taking all necessary steps to minimize our emissions.

 

Sustainability

Social

It all starts where we live and work

Having good relationships with the communities we live and work in is critical and SECURE does so by supporting the enrichment and improvement of community well-being.

People

Investing in the growth and development of our people

We believe there is Energy in Together. We're part of a dynamic, growing company with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to do the right thing. It is our innovative workforce who drives us towards achieving our sustainability objectives in the 1,000 little things we do everyday.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace

At SECURE, we appreciate the importance of creating an environment in which all our employees feel valued, included, and empowered to be key contributors to our success.

All team members have a role to play in helping us to create an accessible workplace where everyone feels that they belong.

Our diversity and inclusion initiatives and actions are focused on:

  • Fostering awareness, understanding, and skills among all employees, to support a respectful and inclusive workplace.
  • Aiming to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work.
  • Building inclusive leadership skills as a core competency for all leaders.
  • Supporting involvement in diverse employee networks and other related initiatives.
  • Collaborating with industry and community partners to foster inclusion and reduce employment barriers

Safety

Everyone Goes Home Safe

Our number one goal every day is to go home safe. Like our values state, Working the SECURE way starts with Working Safely. From operators at our various field locations to employees who work at our Calgary head office and regional offices, safety is a cornerstone of our culture, because if we’re not safe, nothing else matters. Our track record of safe operations demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards and attests to our vision of striving for an injury-free workplace. SECURE is focused on building a sustainable, values-driven safety culture.

Community Investment

Giving back in the communities where we live and work is being a good neighbour.In the last five years alone, SECURE has reinvested over $7.4 million back into communities throughout Western Canada and the US, supporting organizations such as the United Way, STARS Air Ambulance and KidSport.

Regardless of commodity cycles or economic factors out of our control, SECURE remains committed to responsibly reinvest time and money back into the communities that welcomed and continue to support our business.

Stakeholder Engagement

Advancing relationships with Indigenous communities and providing opportunities for increased economic participation

We are committed to building lasting relationships with Indigenous peoples (link to Stakeholder Engagement page) through respectful engagement and providing opportunities for increased economic participation. We strive to maintain positive relationships that contribute to the sustainable economic and social development in the communities where we do business. We are guided by the framework set out in our Indigenous Relations Policy.

Supply Chain

The success of our business relies heavily on the relationships that we have built with our suppliers

We strive to work with organizations who share our core values, sustainability objectives and environmental and social practices. SECURE’s Supplier Code of Conduct was launched in 2020 to establish standards and principles with respect to labour and human rights, business ethics, health and safety, environmental sustainability and stakeholder engagement. We prequalify our contractors and suppliers prior to supplying goods or services to the organization and expect our suppliers to adhere to this Code.


Governance

Our Board of Directors has thoughtfully chosen opportunities and provided insight and advisement for long-term sustainable growth at SECURE. The Board is responsible for supervision of our business affairs with the objective of enhancing shareholder value. The Board manages several committees:

  • Health, Safety, Sustainability & Environment
  • Audit 
  • Compensation
  • Corporate Governance and Nominating

Sustainability Governance

SECURE has established an effective internal governance structure to help implement sustainability strategies and deliver on our sustainability commitments across the business. All levels of the Corporation have been engaged to drive behaviours and actions to support our sustainability principles led by our organizational value Do the right thing. The Board is committed to expanding its focus on and oversight of sustainability matters, including advancing the integration of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. SECURE is progressively bringing ESG into all aspects of the organization, as seen integrating materiality assessment into business strategy and tying ESG goals to executive compensation.