Enbridge Celebrates Silver-Level Progressive Aboriginal Relations Certification

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Enbridge Celebrates Silver-Level Progressive Aboriginal Relations Certification

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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 9:30am

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At a special reception yesterday evening, representatives from Enbridge celebrated the company’s achievement of having earned the prestigious Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Silver-level certification, which was awarded by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) for the company’s commitment to working with Aboriginal communities.

CCAB’s PAR certification sets the standard for corporate performance in Aboriginal relations.

The certification process requires that each company complete a rigorous self-assessment, followed by a performance review by an independent external verifier. Recommendations are then made to an independent jury of business leaders who identify the Bronze-, Silver- or Gold-level PAR certification recipients. Certified companies must recertify every three years by taking part in a full verification to ensure the sustainability of their Aboriginal relations.

“PAR-certified companies commit resources to and are evaluated in four performance areas: employment, business development, community investment and community engagement,” says JP Gladu, CCAB President and CEO. “As the first pipeline company to receive PAR certification, Enbridge has demonstrated its commitment to building mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities, particularly with regard to its performance in employment and business development, and further augmented through initiatives such as the Enbridge School Plus Program and the company’s unique skills training and development programs.”

“We are pleased to have earned Silver-level PAR certification for our dedication to partnering with Aboriginal communities along our rights-of-way,” said Richard Bird, Enbridge’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Development. “At Enbridge we are committed to investing in the development and needs of the communities we work within and alongside.

“We appreciate the acknowledgment by CCAB of our progress in creating economic benefits for the Aboriginal communities we are involved with, at the same time as we are gaining access to additional sources of the skills that we need to achieve our business objectives,” Mr. Bird continued. “We plan to expand and deepen this mutually beneficial relationship, and have our sights set on achieving ‘gold’ as our next objective.”

The first of its kind, the PAR certification program validates performance and confirms company commitment, success and impact. Participation in PAR ensures that Aboriginal relations is addressed as part of a company’s overall corporate social responsibility strategy and considered in annual planning at the strategic level.

Click here for more information on Enbridge’s partnerships with Aboriginal and Native American communities along its rights-of-way.

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