GUELPH, ON, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, The Co-operators released its
2012 sustainability report, which details progress the organization has
made toward its wide-ranging sustainability objectives. Entitled Take a Closer Look, the report invites Canadians to examine the ways in which The
Co-operators group of companies is working to advance social,
environmental and economic sustainability.
2012 was an extraordinary year for the co-op sector, as its unique
contributions to sustainable development world-wide were recognized by
the United Nations, which declared it the International Year of
Co-operatives. The Co-operators received several accolades during the
year, among them inclusion on the 50 Best Employers in Canada list by
Aon Hewitt and Canada's Best 50 Corporate Citizens by Corporate
Knights. More recently, the latter ranked The Co-operators #1 on its
new ranking entitled 2013 Most Sustainable Co-operatives in the World.
"By thinking creatively, acting conscientiously and working hard, our
employees have helped our organization embed sustainability principles
into its operations," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The
Co-operators. "Our objective as a co-operative insurer is to operate in
a way that benefits our members and clients while making a positive
contribution to the economic, social and environmental sustainability
of Canadian communities,"
As an insurance company, addressing the destructive force of climate
change and better protecting Canadians and their property is a top
priority for The Co-operators. Last year, the Canadian insurance
industry paid out more than $1 billion in extreme weather-related
claims. Advocacy is one way The Co-operators is working to protect
Canadians. Through its work with non-governmental organizations and
other partners, as well as its direct communication with governments at
all levels, it is advocating for better protections against the
increasing risks associated with a changing climate.
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 $34 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 listed among the 50 Best Employers
in Canada and Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada.
For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE: The Co-operators
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