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Suncor are using ForestNation tree kits for Oil Sands and In Situ Family Day event giveaways in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Suncor are distributing 2,000 tree kits and wanted ForestNation to plant another 2,000 trees in India because it’s a growing economy and growing emitter of CO2, so more trees are needed. You plant one we plant one.

“We create energy for a better world. Suncor’s vision is to be trusted stewards of valuable natural resources. Improving reclamation techniques and accelerating the rate at which land is reclaimed are two key ways Suncor strives to balance responsible resource development with the need to preserve a healthy environment. Guided by our values, we will lead the way to deliver economic prosperity, improved social well-being and a healthy environment for today and tomorrow.”

– Suncor


Suncor’s Social Responsibility

Over the past 10 years, Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation have invested $131 million to support charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada and internationally. In 2012, Suncor’s employees supported more than 600 charitable and non-profit organizations through their charitable giving and volunteer efforts. Suncor is a member of the United Nations Global Compact which requires companies to embrace, support and enact a core set of values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. Suncor has implemented an Aboriginal Economic Collaboration Strategy with the goal of increasing partnerships with Aboriginal businesses across Canada.

Suncor’s Environmental Commitment

Suncor was one of the first energy companies to commit to a series of strategic ‘beyond-compliance’ environmental performance goals. More than six million trees have been planted on Suncor’s oil sands site – including 900,000 seedlings in 2012 alone. They were the first oil sands company to successfully complete surface reclamation of a tailings pond. Approximately 85% of the water used in their mining and extraction operations is recycled. More than 90% of the water used in their in situ facilities is recycled. Suncor is one of the first companies in the world to attempt reconstruction of a fen. A fen is a bog-like wetland found in the boreal forest. Total air emissions at Suncor’s operations in 2012 were reduced by almost 8.7% compared to 2011. This was a direct result of measures implemented to improve overall performance and reliability.


ForestNation is a social business. We combine commercial, social and environmental goals equally. We empower individuals, companies and organizations to fulfill their own missions whilst growing a forest and creating sustainable livelihoods. We believe that giving back to Mother Earth should be fun and inspiring.

CO2: A tropical tree absorbs 50 pounds of carbon dioxide per year on average throughout its lifetime.
O2: Trees breathe out oxygen 4 to 5 times the amount of CO2 they absorb each year.
Land reforested: 1000 trees per hectare is a general reforestation best practice.
Jobs created: It takes 68 hours for 1 caretaker to create 10000 tree seedlings and 1 hour per day to maintain them. That translates to 40 hours of work for every 1000 trees.

For every 10,000 trees planted at least double that will germinate naturally within 5 years providing for generations to come. Also the forest provides habitat & shade for animals, natural resources for locals and adds to the beauty of the region.

We plant in the forests of Tanzania, Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Madagascar and more. All our Tree Planting Projects create sustainable livelihoods. All the trees absorb CO2, offset carbon emissions and contribute towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More details about where we plant trees for each campaign are explained on the campaign page.

We work closely with our local tree nurseries to ensure bests practices are followed. They use agroforestry techniques where trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops or pastureland to increase natural reforestation and biodiversity as nature intended.

We mostly plant trees which provide harvest to the local communities. For example, fruit trees are planted around schools in Tanzania to provide nutrition to the children. Our trees also help avoid land degradation. For example, trees were planted along the Lushoto water catchment basin, which supplies fresh water to over 20,000 people in the Lushoto Township and is important to prevent future stream bank erosion.

It takes 8 to 9 months for tree seedlings to be prepped for plantation. Different species are stocked up and made ready for planting during favorable seasons. For example, our Tanzanian nursery plants from March to June and October to December.

A Tree kit has everything you need to grow a tree from seed. We plant matching trees for every tree kit you get as a gift. We also plant matching trees whenever you name your Tree on ForestNation.

Trees connect you with Mother Earth and ignite your nurturing instinct. Growing something from seed helps you experiencing nature’s magic and give back. Tree kits also support our local Tree kit maker (1000 kits create a full day of work).

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Thanks for growing #forestnation.