For instance, over the next several years, additional steps will be taken on fen wetland reclamation, with a research project now underway in our former East Mine. This project will help guide the entire industry towards creating healthy and productive wetlands.
Another example lies in our people initiatives. We will continue to invest in developing, attracting and retaining a skilled labour force, while providing a work environment where people are safe, empowered and rewarded. In addition, the continued implementation of ExxonMobil systems will help our employees reach the full potential of the operation, including its environmental performance.
Toward these outcomes, we continue to be guided by Syncrude's Vision and Values which remain largely unchanged from when they were first articulated over two decades ago (see box). In fact, the only major alteration came early in 2012, with the added reference about our desire to be a responsible operator which, although not previously stated, has always been a goal.
Guidance is also provided through the Board of Directors' Safety, Health and Environment Committee which, in 2011, expanded its mandate to formally include corporate sustainability. The committee's work will ensure appropriate governance for the management of sustainability-related challenges, risks and opportunities going forward.
We recognize Syncrude's sustainability path is a journey on which we can always improve – and our stakeholders will rightly challenge us to do so. We hope the information in this report creates more understanding of our commitment and encourage you to take a few moments to provide your opinion through our on-line feedback form. Your perspectives will help guide future reporting.