GUELPH, ON, May 5 /CNW/ - The Co-operators today released its seventh
annual sustainability report, entitled Measuring Our Impact. The document outlines the organization's progress in 2010 in achieving
its economic, social and environmental objectives, and also provides an
overview of its new sustainability strategy for the next four years.
Last year saw The Co-operators working with others to find broader
solutions, while continuing to incorporate sustainability principles
into its own operations. The organization's sustainability efforts were
recently recognized by being included for the second year in a row
among The Green 30, a list of environmentally-responsible employers,
announced in Maclean's on April 28. The Co-operators is also ranked
second among 50 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Knights.
The Co-operators continued its work in 2010 to strengthen communities
across Canada. A total of $5.7 million was contributed to worthy
causes, including corporate funding as well as staff and agent
donations and volunteerism.
"Across the country, staff members are thinking in terms of
sustainability, and coming up with innovative solutions not just for
our organization, but for our clients and the broader community," said
Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "With such
passionate support for our sustainability efforts from staff and agents
across the country, we have every reason to believe we'll continue to
make progress in the years ahead."
The Co-operators met its 3-year target of reducing its carbon footprint
by 10 per cent through measures including office energy retrofits,
switching to more fuel efficient vehicles for its corporate fleet and
reducing paper usage.
The organization's 2011-2014 sustainability strategy focuses on
leveraging the combined efforts of The Co-operators and its
stakeholders. Building on the success of its first such strategy and
recognizing that today's sustainability challenges require
collaboration among business, government and non-government
organizations, The Co-operators plans to be part of the broader
solution in creating a more sustainable world.
For more information, and to read the report in its entirety, please
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $42 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is ranked #2 among the 50 Best
Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights and listed among the
50 Best Employers in Canada. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
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