Enerplus conducts its business in a way that ensures the health and safety of our workers, respects the environment and builds positive, long-term relationships in the community.

Our 2015 Sustainability Report

We are pleased to share our second Sustainability Report, which summarizes our business, people, responsibility and performance in 2015.

At Enerplus, we are proud of what we do and how we do it. We care about being a trusted neighbour in the communities where we live and work. We believe the best way for us to earn that trust is by:

  •  leaving nothing to chance when it comes to keeping people safe;
  •  protecting the environment and operating responsibly; and
  •  treating stakeholders with respect and empowering them with knowledge.

 

We Care logo

We Care is more than just an idea or brand. We expect and empower our employees and contractors to demonstrate this thinking in all areas of their work. 


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Full 2015 Report

Our Sustainability Report summarizes our business, responsibility, people and performance in 2015. This report was prepared in accordance with the core indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines and G4 Oil and Gas Sector Supplement (2013).

Message from our President & CEO

I am pleased to share our 2015 Sustainability Report. While 2015 was a challenging year for our industry, our performance results demonstrate our continued commitment to grow a successful and sustainable oil and gas company. Our strong safety performance in 2015 reflects our continued focus on evolving our safety culture at Enerplus. This is something of which I am extremely proud.

Going forward, we will continue to focus on safely delivering strong operational results, prudently managing our financial position and continuing to meet our safety and social responsibility objectives, while looking for innovative solutions to maintain and achieve additional capital and operational efficiencies. I believe that while the current commodity price environment presents challenges, it is also an opportunity for us to differentiate our business from others and create significant future value for our shareholders over the long-term.

Ian C. Dundas President & CEO

Message from our Chairman of the Board

The Board of Directors and I are very pleased to share the second edition of our Sustainability Report. In it, you’ll see a fulsome report highlighting our 2015 performance across the environmental, social and governance areas that are important to our stakeholders and our company. You’ll see metrics which measure our performance reported over a multi-year period so that progress can be measured.

Although 2015 was a difficult year for commodities, ensuring the safety of our people, the communities where the company operates, and operating responsibly remained a top priority for the Board and the company. In 2015, we continued to see positive growth in our safety culture which is reflected in our strong safety performance metrics. We also made significant strides toward improving operational performance while maintaining strict financial discipline and reducing spending. On behalf of the Board of Directors and myself, we are committed to continually improve our sustainability performance. It’s important to Enerplus, our stakeholders and our business. In short, we care.

Elliot Pew, Chairman of the Board

Materiality

The content of this report was determined through a 2015/16 materiality analysis to identify the areas of greatest interest to our stakeholders and of greatest relevance to our operations and business. We conducted a formal materiality survey, reviewed other sustainability and corporate social responsibility reports, considered disclosure guidance for the oil and gas sector, and obtained feedback from investor sustainability rating firms.

Enerplus in 2015

Our Sustainability Report summarizes our business, responsibility, people and performance in the 2015. Click the below link for more detailed information on our report. 

Our Business

Our Board of Directors and Executive Team believe good corporate governance practices are essential to our operations. They are accountable for ensuring we deliver on our sustainability goals and that our business activities are executed safely and responsibly.

Our Responsibility

We care about reducing our impact to air, land and water. Our environmental management system ensures that our activities comply with our policies and procedures, applicable regulations and industry best practices.

Our People

Ensuring the safety of our workforce and communities, along with operating in a sustainable and responsible manner, is core to how we conduct our business. This mindset and our HEART values combine to form the foundation of our culture.

Data Tables

This report was prepared in accordance with the core indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4  Guidelines and G4 Oil and Gas Sector Supplement (2013) and provides a four-year performance trend wherever possible.

2015 GRI Concordance Table

This report was prepared in accordance with the core indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines and G4 Oil and Gas Sector Supplement (2013).

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Strategy and Analysis (G4-1 and G4-2)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct Answer
G4 -1 Senior sustainability statement Page 5 - Our Stories
G4 - 2 Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities Page 5 - Our Stories
Organizational Profile (G4-3 to G4-16)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
G4 - 3 Organization name Page 1 - We Care
Home Page
2015 FS80
G4 - 4 Primary products and services Page 1 - We Care
Company Description
2015 AIF12
CC0. Introduction
G4 - 5 Location of headquarters Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Contact Us
2015 AIF9
CC0. Introduction
G4 - 6 Locations/regions of operations Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Operations
2015 AIF13
2015 AIF15
G4 - 7 Nature of ownership and legal form Page 1 - We Care
Company Description
2015 AIF9
G4 - 8 Markets served Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Company Description
Stock Information
2015 AIF59
G4 - 9 NR0101-A Scale of organization Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Human Resources Data Table
2015 AIF36
CC0. Introduction
G4 - 10 Employees by gender Human Resources Data Table 2015 AIF36
G4 - 11 Employees under collective bargaining Human Resources Data Table  
G4 - 12 Organization’s supply chain Page 2 - Our Business
Doing Business with Us
 
G4 - 13 Significant changes to organization Page 2 - Our Business
Message to Shareholders
2015 FS3
2015 AIF12
G4 - 14 NR0101-21 Precautionary approach Page 2 - Our Business
Financial Summary - Risk Factors and Risk Management pg. 30-34
Annual Report - Risk Factors pg. 46-58
2014 FS26
CC2. Strategy
CC5. Climate Change Risks
W2. Procedures and Requirements
W3. Water Risks
G4 - 15 External initiatives to which the organization subscribes  Corporate Responsibility  
G4 - 16 Memberships in associations  Corporate Responsibility  
Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries (G4-17 to G4-23)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
G4 - 17 Organizational entities Annual Information Report pg.9  
G4 - 18 Defining report content and the aspect boundaries Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Our Approach to Materiality
 
G4 - 19 List of material aspects Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Our Approach to Materiality
 
G4 - 20 Aspect boundaries within the organization Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Our Approach to Materiality
 
G4 - 21 Aspect boundaries outside the organization Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Our Approach to Materiality
 
G4 - 22 Restatements of previous information Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Our Approach to Materiality
 
G4 - 23 Significate changes from previous report in scope of aspect boundaries Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Our Approach to Materiality
 
Stakeholder Engagement (G4-24 to G4-27)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
G4 - 24 Key stakeholder groups Stakeholder Engagement Data Table  
G4 - 25 Basis for identifying and selecting Stakeholder Engagement Data Table
Stakeholder Engagement
 
G4 - 26 NR0101-14 Approach to stakeholder engagement Stakeholder Engagement Data Table
Stakeholder Engagement
 
G4 - 27 Key topics and concerns raised through stakeholder engagement Stakeholder Engagement Data Table W2. Procedures and Requirements
Report Profile (G4-28 to G4-33)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
G4 -28 Reporting period January 1 - December, 2015
Page 1 - We Care
 
G4 -29 Previous report December 4, 2015  
G4 -30 Reporting cycle Annual  
G4 -31 Report contact Page 6 - Enerplus in 2015
Our Approach to Materiality
Information Request
 
G4 -32 Reporting framework used In accordance with the core indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainably Reporting G4 2013 Guidelines and G4 Oil and Gas Sector Supplement (2013).
Page 1 - We Care
GRI Content Index
 
G4 -33 Statement on assurance process
Financial Summary pg.38
2015 FS38
2015 FS40
Governance (G4-34 to G4-55)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
G4 -34 Governance structure Corporate Governance 
Notice of Annual and Special Meeting and Information Circular and Proxy Statement
2015 IC26
2015 IC31
2015 IC34
CC1. Governance
W6. Governance & Strategy
G4 - 35 Process for delegating authority for economic, environmental and social topics Corporate Governance 
Notice of Annual and Special Meeting and Information Circular and Proxy Statement
2015 IC26
2015 IC31
2015 IC34
CC1. Governance
W6. Governance & Strategy
G4 - 36 Executive level positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics Senior leadership positions whose roles include sustainability oversight:
• Senior VP, Operations (directly reports to CEO)
• Safety & Social Responsibility Board Committee (assists the Board with oversight and governance of the Corporation’s Safety and Social Responsibility (S&SR) policy, initiatives and performance).
• Safety & Social Responsibility Steering Committee (Sub-committee of the Executive Leadership Team responsible for establishing S&SR strategy, policy, objectives and targets).
• President, US Operations
• VP, Canadian Operations
• Manager, Safety & Social Responsibility
Corporate Governance
Notice of Annual and Special Meeting and Information Circular and Proxy Statement
2015 IC34
CC1. Governance
W6. Governance & Strategy
G4 - 37 Consultation process between stakeholders and highest governance body on economic, environmental and social topics Corporate Governance
Safety & Social Responsibility
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement
2015 IC34
CC1. Governance
W6. Governance & Strategy
G4 - 38 Composition of governance bodies and committees Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement p.8-17 2015 IC8
G4 - 39 Chair of the highest governance body also an executive officer? No  
G4 - 40 Nomination and selectin process for highest governance body Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement p.26-31 2015 IC28
2015 IC31
G4 - 41 Process for avoiding conflict of interest for highest governance body Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement p.26-30 2015 IC18
G4 - 42 Highest governance body's roles in developing organizations purpose, values or mission related to economic, environmental and social Corporate Governance
Safety & Social Responsibility
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement
2015 IC34
CC1. Governance
W6. Governance & Strategy
G4 - 43 Measures to develop and enhance the highest governance body's collective knowledge Corporate Governance
Orientation & Continuing Education
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement pg.18
2015 IC18
G4 - 44 Process for evaluation of the highest governance body's performance Corporate Governance
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement pg.29
2015 IC29
G4 - 45 Highest governance body's role in identifying risks and impacts Corporate Governance
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement pg.31-34
2015 IC32
G4 - 46 Highest governance body's role in reviewing risks management Corporate Governance
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement pg.31-34
2015 IC32
G4 - 47 Frequency of the highest governance body's review Corporate Governance
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement pg.31-34
2015 IC32
G4 - 48 Highest level of formal sustainably report review The Safety & Social Responsibility (S&SR), The Audit & Risk Management committies of the Board of Directors, and our Executive Leadership Team, including the CEO review and approve this report prior to publication.  
G4 - 49 Process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body Corporate Governance
Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement pg.26-30
2015 IC26
G4 - 50 Nature and number of concerns communicated to the highest governance body No critical concerns were communicated.  
G4 - 51 Remuneration policies for highest governance body and senior executives Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement 2015 IC39
G4 - 52 Process for determining remuneration Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement 2015 IC53
G4 - 53 Process for how stakeholders engagement in determining remuneration Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement 2015 IC24
G4 - 54 Ratio of the annual total compensation of highest-paid to median annual total compensation for all employees Notice of annual and special meeting and information circular and proxy statement 2015 IC39
Ethics (G4-56 to G4-58)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
G4 -56 Ethics and integrity Code of Business 2015 IC28
G4 - 57 Internal and external mechanisms for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behavior Code of Business 2015 IC28
G4 - 58 Internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behavior Whistleblower Policy 2015 IC28
Economic (G4-EC1 to G4-EC9)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct Answer
DMA - Economic Performance Management approach to economics Page 2 - Our Business
G4 - EC1 Direct economic value generated: revenues Economic Performance Data Table
G4 - EC2 Financial implications of climate change CDP Climate CC5 CC6
G4 - EC9 Proportion of spending on local contractors at significant locations of operation (include Indigenous) Procurement and Supply Chain Management Data Table
Environmental (G4-EN1 to G4-EN34)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
DMA- Environment Management approach to environment Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Environment
S&SR Policy
CDP Climate
CDP Water
2015 FS28
CC0. Introduction
CC2. Strategy
CC3 Targets and Initiatives
DMA - Energy NR0101-03 Management approach to energy use Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Air
CDP Climate
CC11. Energy
G4 - EN3 Energy consumption within the organization Environmental Data Table
CDP Climate
CC11. Energy
G4 - EN5 Energy intensity Environmental Data Table
CDP Climate
 
G4 - EN6 Reduction of energy consumption Page 3 - Our Responsibility
CDP Climate
2015 AIF34
CC3. Targets and Initiatives
CC4. Communication
CC7. Emissions Methodology
DMA - Water Management approach to water use Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Water
CDP Water
2015 AIF35
W1. Context
W2. Procedures and Requirements
W3. Water Risks
W4. Water Opportunities
W6. Governance & Strategy
W8. Targets and Initiatives
G4 - EN8 NR0101-05 and NR0101-06 Total water withdrawal by source Environmental Data Table
CDP Water
W1. Context
G4 - EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Water
CDP Water
W2. Procedures and Requirements
G4 - EN10 NR0101-07 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused Environmental Data Table
CDP Water
2015 AIF42
W9. Managing Trade-offs
DMA - Biodiversity NR0101-09 Management approach to biodiversity Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Land
2015 AIF42
CC0. Introduction
G4 - EN11 NR0101-11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Land
 
G4 - EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas Page 3 - Our Responsibility 2015 AIF42
G4 - EN13 Habitats protected or restored (Land Reclamation Activity) Environmental Data Table  
G4 - EN14 Number of IUCN red lists national conservation species with habitats in operations Page 3 - Our Responsibility  
DMA - Emissions Management approach to emissions Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Air
CDP Climate
CC7. Emissions Methodology
G4 - EN15 NR0101-02 Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1) Environmental Data Table
CDP Climate
2015 AIF35
CC7. Emissions Methodology
CC8. Emissions Data
CC9. Scope 1
G4 - EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 2) Environmental Data Table
CDP Climate
CC7. Emissions Methodology
CC8. Emissions Data
CC10. Scope 2
G4 - EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 3) Environmental Data Table
CDP Climate
CC14. Scope 3
G4 - EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity Environmental Data Table
CDP Climate
CC12. Emissions Performance
G4 - EN19 Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Environmental Data Table
CDP Climate
CC3. Targets and Initiatives
CC12. Emissions Performance
G4 - EN20 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) Enerplus does not emit Ozone-Depleting Substances (CFCs,HCFCs, Bromochlormethane) in its operations  
G4 - EN21 NR0101-04 NOX, SOX, and other significant air emissions Environmental Data Table  
DMA - Effluents and Waste Management approach to spills Page 3 - Our Responsibility
2014 SR Report p 23
2015 FS28
CC0. Introduction
CC2. Strategy
CC3. Targets and Initiatives
CC6.Climate Change Opportunities
G4 - EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination Environmental Data Table  
G4 - EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method Environmental Data Table  
G4 - EN24 NR0101-10 Total number and volume of significant spills Environmental Data Table  
G4 - EN25 Weight of transported, imported, exported or treated wasted deemed hazardous under the terms of Basel Convention Environmental Data Table  
G4 - EN26 Identify, size, protected status and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats affect by the organization Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Water
CDP Water
 
DMA - Compliance Management approach to compliance Page 2 - Our Business 2015 FS32
2015 AIF34
CC0. Introduction
G4 - EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations Regulatory Data Table  
G4 - EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type Environmental Data Table  
Social - Labor Practices and Decent Work (G4-LA1 to G4-LA16)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
DMA - People Management approach to human resources Page 4 - Our People
Get to Know our Culture & Values
2015 IC27
G4 - LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region Human Resources Data Table  
G4 - LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by significant locations of operation Rewards & Benefits 2015 IC71
G4 - LA5 Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs Page 4 - Our People
Health & Safety
2015 AIF34
G4 - LA6 NR0101-17 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender Page 4 - Our People
Safety Data Table
2015 Annual Information Form pg.34
2015 AIF 34
G4 - LA7 Workers with high incidence of high risk of diseases related to their occupation Safety Data Table  
G4 - LA8 Health and Safety topics covered in formal agreement with trade unions We do not have local or global agreements with trade unions.  
G4 - LA9 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category Human Resources Data Table  
G4 - LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings Page 4 - Our People
2014 SR Report pg 40
 
G4 - LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category 2014 SR Report pg 38  
G4 - LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity

Human Resources Data Table

2015 IC pg 11 and 27

2015 IC11
2015 IC27
G4 - LA14 Percentage of new contractors that were screened using labor practices criteria Page 2 - Our Business  
Social - Society (G4-SO1 to G4-SO11)
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
G4 - SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs Page 4 - Our People
Stakeholder Engagement
 
G4 - SO3 Total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption and the significant risks identified Page 2 - Our Business  
G4 - SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures Code of Business Conduct 2015 IC28
G4 - SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations

Regulatory Data Table

CDP Water

2015 AIF34
W7. Compliance
Oil and Gas Sector
GRI Indicator of SASB CodeIndicator DescriptionLink or Direct AnswerOther Report Reference 
DMA - Safety and Social Responsibility Management approach to safety and social responsibility Safety & Social Responsibility Policy 2015 AIF34
DMA - Safety NR0101-19 Management approach to safety Page 4 - Our People
Health & Safety
2015 FS33
2015 AIF34
DMA - Emergency Preparedness Management approach to emergency preparedness Emergency Response  
G4 - OG1 NR0101-22 Volume and type of estimated proved reserves and production Reserves & Resources 2015 FS4
G4 - OG2 Total amount invest in renewable energy CDP Climate CC3 CC11 CC3. Targets and Initiatives
CC11. Energy
G4 - OG3 Total amount of renewable energy generated by source CDP Climate CC3 CC11 CC3. Targets and Initiatives
CC11. Energy
G4 - OG4 Number and percentage of significant operating sites in which biodiversity risk has been assessed and monitored Page 3 - Our Responsibility
Land
2015 AIF42
CC0. Introduction
G4 - OG5 Volume and disposal of formation or produced water Environmental Data Table  
G4 - OG6 Volume of flared and vented hydrocarbons

Page 3 - Our Responsibility

CDP Climate

CC3. Targets and Initiatives
G4 - OG7 Amount of drilling waste and strategies for treatment and disposal Environmental Data Table  
G4 - OG9 Operations where indigenous communities are present or affected by activates and where specific engagement strategies are in place Stakeholder Engagement
2014 SR Report pg 33
 
G4 - OG11 Number of sites that have been decommissioned and sites that are in the process of being decommissioned Environmental Data Table
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