ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL and GOVERNANCE POLICY STATEMENT

BUILDING TRUST THROUGH ACCOUNTABILITY

As the economic development authority for West Moberly First Nations (WMFN), the West Moberly Corporate Alliance has a mandate to ensure WMFN benefits from projects undertaken in the Treaty 8 territory.

Along with our Alliance partners, we work to enhance economic wellbeing and support a healthy, vibrant First Nations community that grows stronger with each generation while respecting Indigenous stewardship values.

West Moberly Corporate Alliance’s ESG policy seeks to ensure that industry operators and project proponents can engage WMFN members using a shared language of accountability: Responsibility to the land, respect of people, and stewardship of resources. 

What is ESG?

As an Indigenous, community-owned corporation, West Moberly Corporate Alliance believes in a holistic, long-term approach to assessing opportunity and risk.  We recognise that ESG is an industry-accepted way to integrate Indigenous stewardship values into business decision making. By tracking and communicating on ESG factors, we can reinforce sustainable business practices and validate work being done within companies to maximize shared opportunity and minimize risk.   

  • Environmental (E) factors assess how a company performs as a steward of nature. It analyses how its activities impact the environment and manage environmental risks. It includes both direct operations and across the supply chain. For example, resource scarcity and management, natural resources preservation, animal treatment and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Social (S) factors assess the strengths and weaknesses of how a company manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates. For example, these criteria include working conditions, community development, community relations, health and safety, employee relations, training, career development, and diversity.
  • Governance (G) factors assesses a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights. It includes controls regarding executive pay, gender equity / equal pay, discrimination, bribery and corruption, and board diversity.

Our Commitment

WMCA aligns its business practices with social, environmental, and governance responsibility standards. We recognize commitments to Indigenous communities outlined in international instruments such as ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Accountability to West Moberly First Nations

WMCA is committed to annual ESG reporting both of qualitative disclosures of topics, and of quantitative metrics measured by its partners in reference to Global Resource Initiative (GRI) Standards.

By including both types of data in a single document, we provide a window into the sustainability planning that is undertaken by our partner companies, along with the hard data that our partners have committed to track over time.

This data will be published annual in a single ESG Accountability Report, publicly available to community members and industry operators alike. WMCA and each company work together to decide the relevant ESG info that each company reports in accordance with GRI standards.  It is the responsibility of WMCA to report this information publicly, for review by community members and business stakeholders.

WMCA’s ESG Program Actions

  1. In consultation with existing partners, West Moberly First Nations Chief and Council, and 3rd party experts, WMCA provides guidance on ESG metrics that are material (relevant) across the various Alliance sectors and to specific Partner companies
  2. WMCA Partners review the guidance and completed an agreement to track selected ESG metrics for reporting, indicating how the datasets would be tracked, maintained, and reported to WMCA.
  3. WMCA Partners meet quarterly with WMCA to review their qualitative tracking and discuss any relevant qualitative disclosures.
  4. WMCA meets with WMFN to discuss changes, priorities and reporting practices.
  5. WMCA publishes its annual ESG Accountability Report to demonstrate performance towards ESG, community and Indigenous values.

2022 GRI Factors

For 2022, WMCA is tracking quantitative factors (metrics) for its annual reporting with Partner companies using prevailing Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards:

Status of organization (GRI 102-1). The name of the organization, and the nature of business activities conducted in partnership with WMCA.

Permanent employees, by gender  (GRI 405-1.b). The gender of permanent employees associated with the WMCA partnership, as a factor to encourage equity.

Employees by contract type, by gender (GRI 102-8.a). Whether the employees are temporary, or permanent.

Indigenous employees per employee category (GRI 405-1.b.iii). Whether the employees self-identify as Indigenous.

Relevant policies, procedures (GRI 103-2.c; 102.17). The organizations approach to managing ESG including all policies, guidelines, targets, and mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics.

Proportion of spending on indigenous suppliers (GRI 204-1). Procurement budget associated with Indigenous suppliers and contractors, by percentage

Occupational health and safety (GRI 403-9.a; 403-9.b). Work related injuries, the lost day rate, and any fatalities from work-related injury

Materials (GRI 301-1). Renewable and non-renewable materials used by the organization, including raw materials, process materials, semi-manufactured goods or parts, and packaging.

Energy use (GRI 302-1.a; 302-1.c). Total fuel and energy (electricity) consumption.

Waste (GRI 306-3; 306-5). Hazardous and non-hazardous waste by disposal method.

Environmental compliance (GRI 307-1/306-3-2016). Spill reporting and regulatory compliance

GHG emissions (GRI 305-1.a). Greenhouse gas emissions from sources controlled or owned by the organization (known as “Scope 1”).

2022 ESG Program: Partner Participants and Observers

West Moberly Industrial Metalwork, West Moberly Resolve, West Moberly Treeline, WM-Dutch Engineering/WM-Dutch Casing Services, Integrated Proaction, West Moberly DWB, West Moberly NIA, Swamp Donkey Oilfield Services, WM-Spotless Uniform, Westmo PTW Services, Northern Indigenous NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services, West Moberly International SOS, AFD Petroleum