Hemlock achieves its Seventh Year as Canada's Most Environmentally Progressive Printer
Hemlock Printers was once again honoured for both its leadership in sustainability and for the quality of its work at the Canadian Printing Awards. Hosted by PrintAction Magazine, the Canadian Printing Awards showcases excellence in quality printing, environmental initiatives and industry contribution.
Hemlock won a total of seven awards, including three environmental awards and four for outstanding printing projects in a variety of categories.
RBC and Bullfrog Power are teaming up to give away Blue Water Project Visa gift cards and solar chargers!
Since 2005, Bullfrog Power has worked with RBC to help them achieve their sustainability goals. In an effort to spread the word about their achievements to date, Bullfrog and RBC have just launched an online contest, which we thought might be of interest to your network.
By answering a few questions about RBC’s environmental initiatives and partnership with Bullfrog Power, participants will be entered to win RBC Blue Water Visa gift cards (just in time for holiday shopping!) and solar charger/battery back-ups from MEC.
Dessau publishes first report on Sustainable Development
"We are pleased to present our first Report on Sustainable Development, which attests to our progress and commitment to our 2011-2014 Action Plan."
"At Dessau, sustainable development is not limited to the periodic publication of a report. We want to adopt more transparent business practices and work in partnership with our clients who also wish to innovate and go further. We are constantly seeking partners who, like you, want to carry out projects for a better future."
Bell publishes 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report
BCE, the largest communications company in Canada, has just released its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.
For the ninth consecutive year in 2011, BCE received a perfect 10/10 rating from GovernanceMetrics International in its global corporate governance study. BCE is one of only 43 companies (top 1 percent) to achieve this highest score. BCE is also included in several leading global sustainability indices including the FTSE4Good Global Index and the Jantzi Social Index.
The report contains detailed performance data as well as qualitative descriptions of several key corporate responsibility initiatives.
A few weeks ago, Carillion held their annual Sustainability Week as part of their employee engagement and sustainability commitments. This was an excellent opportunity to bring everyone across the business together for a weeklong celebration of sustainability!
Each day throughout the week had a particular focus, which is closely aligned to Carillion’s sustainability strategy:
• Enabling low-carbon economies,
• Protecting the environment,
• Supporting sustainable communities,
• Providing better prospects for our people,
• Leading the Sector, and
• Building a successful business.
All projects / sites / offices and personnel were encourage to participate and were awarded a trophy for the overall single best project. During this week, Carillion employees from sites all over Canada and the Caribbean shared their stories of engagement and involvement in various activities learning about sustainability.
The report provides information on the impact Bullfrog customers have made in Canada, including the amount of green electricity and green natural gas injected onto Canadian energy systems and the carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants avoided since 2005 on their behalf.
The report also provides an in-depth look at Bullfrog’s business model, and how as a social enterprise Bullfrog is helping to transform business in Canada.
To learn more about incorporating green energy into your sustainability strategy, visit www.bullfrogpower.com, or call 1-877-360-3464.
Cenovus releases corporate responsibility performance for 2011
Cenovus Energy has released its corporate responsibility report for 2011 which provides insight on how the company is living up to its commitment to develop its energy assets responsibly.
The report includes information on Cenovus’s efforts to protect the health and safety of employees and the communities where it operates, improve environmental performance, promote good governance and transparency, and advance community engagement efforts.
Alterna Savings wins 2012 National Credit Union Community Economic Development Award
On May 9th Alterna Savings proudly accepted the 2012 National Credit Union Community Economic Development Award from Credit Union Central of Canada. The award honours the outstanding contribution credit unions make to the economic development of the communities they serve, and focuses national attention on the leadership role they take on in inspiring others to shape promising futures within their local communities.
The award recognizes largely the work of Alterna’s Micro-Finance Program. For more than a decade Alterna has led the way in supporting small and developing businesses through community based micro lending.
Carillion Annual 2011 Sustainability Report is now live
2011 was a milestone year in Carillion’s sustainability journey as Carillion launched the 2020 sustainability strategy, focusing on the six positive outcomes including: enabling low-carbon economies, protecting the environment, supporting sustainable communities, providing better prospects for people, and leading the way for customers and suppliers. Carillion also appointed a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to oversee the strategy and performance.
Click here for letter to CBSR members from Simon Buttery, President & CEO, Carillion Canada Inc.
Click here for Summary Sustainability Report 2011.
Click here for Sustainability Report 2011 website.
Bombardier Publishes its 2011 CSR Report – All Aboard - Bombardier publie son rapport sur la responsabilité sociale d’entreprise 2011 – Tous à bord
Bombardier Inc. published its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, entitled All Aboard, presenting the Company’s CSR activities over the past year. All Aboard represents the fifth annual CSR Report Bombardier has published.
Bombardier Inc. publie son rapport sur la responsabilité sociale d’entreprise (RSE) 2011, Tous à bord, qui présente les activités de l’entreprise au chapitre de la RSE au cours du dernier exercice. Tous à bord est le cinquième rapport sur la RSE de Bombardier.
The 2011 CSR Report details the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of Loblaw Companies Limited for the year ending December 31, 2011. It reports on CSR activities within Loblaw, covering all corporate stores, corporate distribution centres and store support centres.
CBSR is pleased to be a part of Loblaw's sustainability journey. Loblaw has made genuine progress over the years, particularly in waste management, expanding healthier food choices, and sustainable sourcing. We are delighted to see Loblaw’s fifth sustainability report, which demonstrates transparency and commitment to its stakeholders.
Scotiabank Marks Earth Day with Introduction of Home Energy Savings Calculator
In advance of Earth Day and as part of its ongoing commitment to promote excellence in environmental stewardship, Scotiabank EcoLiving announced the Home Energy Savings Calculator - an online tool that will help Canadians calculate home energy costs and see savings that can be achieved through specific energy efficiency projects, and everyday practices.
Dessau Inc., one of Canada's leading engineering-construction firms, has just acquired Environnement Illimité Inc., a Quebec firm with 70 employees.
This acquisition strengthens Dessau's environmental science expertise and extends the company's range of services to include aquatic ecosystem studies, hydrography, oceanography, and specialized technical surveys. These new services will better position Dessau to offer engineering support for aquatic infrastructure projects.
TD Bank Group Announces New Support for North American Forests
With more than 90 per cent of North Americans identifying forests as natural areas in need of protection, TD Bank Group (TD), an environmental leader in the North American banking sector, today announced a major forest conservation initiative - TD Forests.
TD Forests will bring together the bank's longstanding community programs relating to forest conservation and education under one canopy. The initiative will also include a major conservation program to protect critical forest habitat across North America.
RONA announces new partnership as part of growing sustainability platform
RONA Inc. announced today a commitment to reforest what will be Canada's first near-urban National Park - the Rouge Valley. The project that supports reforestation in urban areas across Canada is the first initiative of RONA's new partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF). This partnership is a continuation of RONA's commitment to the sustainability of natural resources and of its leadership in sustainable development.
Calgary Homeless Foundation and ATB Financial join forces
ATB Financial is teaming up with the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) in its mission to end homelessness in Calgary through a three-year program called the ATB Social Enterprise Incubator. The ATB Social Enterprise Incubator will be charged with building investor-ready businesses and investment vehicles designed to support ending homelessness in Calgary.
Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability (ECCS) created in partnership with the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business (HSB) has partnered with Enbridge to create a best-in-class, Alberta-based sustainability centre, titled the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability (ECCS).
In collaboration with academics, institutions and private sector organizations, the ECCS will provide a neutral ground for impactful and relevant research and education. The mandate of the ECCS is to inform business decisions that advance the triple bottom line: people, planet and prosperity.
Bullfrog Power becomes one of Canada's first Certified B Corporations
Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green energy provider, recently announced that it has received certification as one of Canada's Founding B Corporations by B Lab, a nonprofit organization working to build a community of socially and environmentally conscious businesses.
Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment.
Founded to use Canadians' energy choices to clean our energy systems, Bullfrog is becoming a B Corp to formally recognize its commitment to Canadians and the environment, and to join a growing group of organizations using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
To learn more, click here for the full press release, or here for a press release courtesy of B Corps
Taking Responsibility: TD releases its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report
Scotiabank issues Annual CSR Report: Commitment in Action
Scotiabank's 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report entitled 'Commitment in Action' is now available. Complementing the Bank's Annual Report, this high-level summary provides an overview of the Bank's CSR strategy, key performance indicators and examples of CSR activities.
Microsoft looking to Canadian students to help solve world's toughest problems
Microsoft Canada is challenging Canadian high school and post-secondary students to imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems during the Imagine Cup Canada 2012. Registration is now open for this global competition which requires students to creatively use technology to solve real-world problems.
Chevrolet Volt gets greener with Bullfrog Power Edition
A Canadian first: electric vehicle comes bundled with 100 per cent green electricity.
Bullfrog Power, Canada's 100 per cent green energy provider, and Chevrolet Canada, announced the launch of the Chevrolet Volt Bullfrog Power Edition—Canada's first electric vehicle (EV) bundled with emissions-free, renewable electricity. For each edition sold, Bullfrog Power will inject onto the electricity grid as much clean, renewable electricity from EcoLogoM-certified sources as the vehicle is estimated to use over two years.
Bombardier Partnership Project Outlines Green Train of the Future/
Un projet en partenariat de Bombardier annonce le train vert de demain
Swedish “Green Train” project supported by Bombardier shows faster, less costly and more energy-efficient trains are possible on existing track.
The Gröna Tåget (”Green Train”) research project is a collection of ideas, proposals and technical solutions aimed at making long distance and fast regional services more attractive to travellers and operators. Gröna Tåget is a fast electric tilting train – based on the BOMBARDIER REGINA vehicle – that not only maintains higher speeds than conventional trains on sections with curves but also 300 km/h or more on dedicated high speed lines.
Le projet de « train vert » en Suède auquel a pris part Bombardier montre qu’il est possible d’exploiter des trains plus rapides, moins coûteux et plus économes en énergie sur les voies existantes.
Le projet de recherche Gröna Tåget («Train vert») rassemble des idées, des propositions et des solutions techniques qui visent à rendre les services ferroviaires régionaux rapides longue distance plus attrayants pour les voyageurs et les exploitants. Ce train vert est une rame électrique rapide à système pendulaire, inspirée du modèle de véhicule BOMBARDIER REGINA, qui peut non seulement maintenir des vitesses plus rapides que les trains conventionnels sur les segments comportant des courbes, mais aussi circuler à 300 km/h ou plus sur des voies à grande vitesse spécialisées.
The founding partners of The Electric Circuit, Québec and Canada's first public charging network, announce the locations of its charging stations
Powered with clean renewable energy, The Electric Circuit's first 90 charging stations will be available to the public in spring 2012. An additional 30 charging stations will be added by summer, bringing the total to 120. Electric vehicle users will be able to drive worry-free, knowing that a public network of charging stations is available to meet their needs.
TD Bank Group Commits to Becoming Paper Neutral in 2012
TD Bank Group (TD), an environmental leader in the North American banking sector, announced its commitment to become paper neutral within its North American operations by the end of 2012. To achieve this goal, TD will take steps to significantly reduce the amount of paper it uses and will introduce a major forest conservation program to offset the paper it does use.
Stantec Recognized as a Leader in Climate Change Disclosure
Stantec has been commended by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which represents 551 institutional investors with $71 trillion in assets under management, for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information.
Loblaw recognized as having one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) one of Canada's largest private sector employers, has been recognized as having one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ of 2011 by Waterstone Human Capital Inc. The only grocery retailer on the list, this honour recognizes Loblaw's outstanding cultural alignment and innovation that is connected to performance.
Canadian Tire Among First Canadian Companies to Report Sustainability Metrics on a Quarterly Basis
Canadian Tire is among the first major Canadian companies to report quarterly on its efforts, reflecting the integration of sustainability into its daily operations and aligning environmental and profit performances.
Scotiabank launches $40,000 eco-friendly kitchen renovation contest with RONA
• Twenty additional $100 RONA ECO prize packs to be won!
TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - With a grand prize valued at $40,000, Scotiabank EcoLiving today announced the launch of the national EcoHome Renovation Contest in partnership with RONA. One Canadian homeowner will win an eco kitchen renovation, featuring RONA ECO products with expertise and design provided by Scotiabank partner, Green Living.
"We are really pleased to partner with RONA to show Canadians how environmentally friendly renovation choices can save energy, water and money," said Kaz Flinn, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Scotiabank. "Both our organizations share a commitment to eco-friendly initiatives and the EcoHome Renovation Contest is intended to foster consumer interest in the benefits of residential energy efficiency."
Canadians can follow the renovation progress on the EcoLiving website at ecoliving.scotiabank.com/results. The Grand Prize winner's new eco-kitchen will be featured in the Spring 2012 edition of EcoLiving Magazine. In addition to the Grand Prize, 20 secondary prize packages featuring RONA ECO products will be awarded.
"Most people understand that an energy efficient home is great for the environment and utility bills, but we want to prove that you don't have to sacrifice esthetics to enjoy these benefits," added Ms. Flinn. "RONA offers a wide variety of eco-responsible products that make the benefits of energy efficiency accessible to Canadians."
The EcoHome Renovation Contest is now open and submissions are being accepted. The entry form and rules are available on the Scotiabank EcoLiving website, www.scotiabank.com/ecoliving. The Contest closes January 31, 2012 and winners will be announced in February, 2012.
"Improving the energy efficiency of one's home can begin with a small change like making the switch to energy efficient lighting, or a major change such as a complete room renovation," said Claude Bernier Executive Vice President Marketing and Customers Innovations at RONA. "We hope that the EcoHome Renovation Contest will inspire homeowners to incorporate eco-friendly changes, big or small, to improve their home's energy efficiency, save money and beautify their living spaces."
Scotiabank's EcoLiving Program aims to enable and encourage Canadians to save energy and money at home. The RONA ECO line offers consumers over 400 products that have a less negative impact on the environment than equivalent standard items.
CBSR would like to congratulate winners and honorable mentions at the Green Living Enterprise’s inaugural Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards!
The Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards program was developed to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication in creating sustainable and ethical practices within the business framework. Professionals from small, medium and large corporations in a range of industries were eligible to apply.
ECR AWARDS - WINNERS OF GREEN LIVING’S ECR AWARDS (List includes CBSR members only)
The winners of the 2011 ECR Awards are:
1. Large Business: Resources: Oil, Gas, Forestry and Mining
• Staff: Craig Stenhouse, Group Lead, Corporate Responsibility, Cenovus Energy Inc.
2. Large Business: Financial Services, Insurance and Professional Services
• Staff: Marty Janowitz, Vice President and Practice Leader, Sustainable Development, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
• Senior: Debbie Baxter, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Facilities Management/Chief Sustainability Officer, LoyaltyOne Inc.
• Team: TD Bank Financial Group
3. Large Business: Retail, Packaged Goods, Consumer Brands
• Senior: Tyler Elm, Vice President, Business Sustainability, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Canadian Tire Corporation
4. Large Business: Information, Communications, Technology
• Senior: Emechete Onuoha, Vice President Citizenship and Government Affairs, Xerox Canada Ltd.
5. Medium Business
• Staff: Kate Scholz, Sustainability Coordinator, Hemlock Printers Ltd.
• Senior: Tom Heintzman, Co-Founder and President, Bullfrog Power
Honourable mentions were awarded to:
1. Large Business: Financial Services, Insurance, Professional Services
• Team: Stantec Consulting Ltd.
TD Opens First Net-Zero Energy Bank Branch in Canada
TD Bank Group announced the opening of the first net-zero energy bank branch in Canada, which aims to generate as much energy as it uses. Located at 1663 Richmond Street North in London, Ont., the retrofitted TD branch uses solar panels - located on the surrounding property - to generate renewable energy. The site is expected to generate approximately 100,000 kilowatt hours of green electricity a year.
Baxter Canada Marks Waste Reduction Week - Launches XENIUM+ Dialyzer, World’s First Kidney Care Product to Achieve Carbon Trust Certification
Baxter Corporation is pleased to mark Waste Reduction Week with the launch of its XENIUM+ dialyzer for use in hemodialysis, at the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurse Technologists (CANNT) conference. XENIUM+ is the first kidney care product in the world to achieve certification from The Carbon Trust Footprinting Certification Company.
The next-generation dialyzer offers increased benefits for patients, clinical practice and the environment.
RBC and Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada report urges transportation and logistics companies to embrace environmental sustainability
A new report released by RBC and Supply Chain & Logistics Association Canada (SCL) identifies environmental sustainability as a key issue and opportunity for Canada's transportation and logistics companies.
This report is designed to demonstrate the value of integrating environmental sustainability into all aspects of supply chain and logistics management, including distribution and transportation. It is the second in a series aimed at helping leaders of Canadian organizations better understand the risks and benefit from the business opportunities presented by the environmental sustainability challenge.
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has published its Accountability Report online, providing a comprehensive view of the popular outdoor retailer’s practices and performance across its business, from how products are designed and manufactured, to store operations and community involvement, to economics and governance.
Shoppers Drug Mart Launches Online Donation In Support of Tornado Relief Efforts In Goderich
Shoppers Drug Mart announced that it will be joining the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Tornado disaster relief efforts in Goderich, ON. From August 26th, 2011 to September 16th, 2011, customers, patients and employees will be able to donate their Shoppers Optimum Points online at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Tree Canada recently recognized Shell Canada as one of only two recipients of Tree Canada’s Ultimate Award. The award recognizes a partner who has contributed more than $1 million in support towards the stewardship of trees with Tree Canada.
Since 1998, Shell and Tree Canada have planted over one million trees across Canada, resulting in an estimated 650,000 tonnes of CO2 sequestered.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Japan and members of the CBSR network have been working to respond to the crisis. To see a roundup of the kinds of support member companies have provided click here.
Canadian Tire Releases Quarterly Results for Business Sustainability Initiatives
Those interested in examining new reporting approaches, embedding sustainability into performance management systems and monetizing sustainability impacts through quarterly reporting, may want to look at the reporting approach Canadian Tire is now taking.
In 2010, the Canadian retailer and CBSR member focused on three core business sustainability priorities - carbon reduction, packaging reduction and working towards zero waste practices. They began reporting on these sustainability metrics each quarter starting Q3 2010. The results for Q4 2010 were released March 17 and are available online here.
Canadian Tire's approach takes a good step forward by quantifying avoided costs in monetary terms and impacts by volume. For example, they reveal avoided emissions & waste by volume, as follows:
“In fiscal 2010, Canadian Tire completed 389 initiatives, forecasted to annually avoid approximately $6 million in costs, 610 tonnes of waste, and more than 7,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to the energy use and emissions from powering 1,000 Canadian homes each year.”
CBSR is delighted to support Canadian Tire in its quarterly reporting through a third party review of the statements.
Hydro-Québec Named 2010 Utility of the Year
Electric Light & Power magazine has named Canada’s largest electricity producer and the world’s largest hydroelectric power producer, Hydro-Québec, as the magazine’s 2010 Utility of the Year.
Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Québec’s CEO, said that the utility generates a full 98 percent output from hydropower. "Hydro-Québec has been providing reliable, cost-effective power to a number of U.S. markets for decades now, as well as for Québecers, our primary customers,” Vandal said. “By producing and exporting this clean, renewable energy, Hydro-Québec helps to limit greenhouse gas emissions across northeastern North America.”
Le magazine Electric Light & Power, de la maison d’édition PennWell Corp., a décerné son prix « Entreprise d’électricité de l’année 2010 » à Hydro-Québec, le plus important producteur d’électricité au Canada et le numéro un mondial de la filière hydroélectrique.
« Avec son parc de production à 98 % d’origine hydraulique, Hydro-Québec offre depuis plusieurs décennies un service fiable et abordable à diverses régions des États-Unis, en plus de desservir sa clientèle principale au Québec. La production et l’exportation de cette énergie propre et renouvelable contribuent à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans le nord-est du continent », a déclaré Thierry Vandal, président-directeur général d’Hydro-Québec.
CBSR member Shell has released its 2010 report detailing environmental and social performance for the company’s mining, upgrading and in situ oil sands operations. The report focuses on five key areas: carbon dioxide, water, tailings, land and reclamation, and people, communities and engagement.
The report was developed in response to feedback from stakeholders about the need for more transparent reporting on Shell’s oil sands performance and can be viewed at www.shell.ca/oilsands/performance
The Co-operators Group Releases Guide to Sustainable Meetings
CBSR member The Co-operators has recently released a Guide to Sustainable Meetings, based on their own experiences organizing low impact events.
According to the United Nations Environment Program, more than 80 million people around the world attend a meeting, conference or trade show every year. The average meeting produces 20 pounds of garbage per person each day. To help people and organizations reduce the impact on our planet's health, The Co-operators has publicly released its guide.
The comprehensive guide is designed to be a resource for conscientious organizers of all types of gathering. From everyday staff meetings to large conferences, sustainability should be taken into account at every stage of planning. The 34-page guide is full of tips, case studies and resources and is designed to be as interactive as possible. Checklists and questionnaires are available on a fillable PDF format that can be saved separately on your computer, reducing the need for printing.
As with its Sustainability Best Practices paper, The Co-operators continues to make its sustainability documents public in hopes that other organizations interested in contributing to a greener and healthier tomorrow find the information useful as well.
Tim Hortons' 2010 Sustainability and Responsibility Report includes information about the company's 2010 performance, compared to the commitments and goals that were outlined in the 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Report also outlines the sustainability and responsibility goals of Tim Hortons for 2011.
The American National Standards Institute Accredits Stantec for Greenhouse Gas Verification
CBSR member Stantec Consulting Ltd.’s Atmospheric Environment Group has been awarded accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for verification of assertions related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Accreditation #0805). The Scope of Accreditation is for verification of emissions and removals at the organizational level for Group 1 – General.
Stantec Consulting Ltd. is one of only 22 companies in North America that are currently ANSI accredited. ANSI’s accreditation under ISO 14065 provides an independent assessment of competence and conformance with internationally recognized environmental standards.
Loblaw and the University of Guelph Announce Inaugural Chair in Sustainable Food Production
A leader in building agricultural research and knowledge networks, Professor Ralph Martin has been appointed the Loblaw Companies Limited Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the University of Guelph (U of G), following a year-long international search. Martin, a plant and animal sciences professor at Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), will begin advancing sustainable food production education and practices this month.