Second annual survey proves it pays to have a conscience
Also in this issue, on newsstands now:
• Is the G8/G20 Summit
a billion-dollar waste of time?
• Ottawa's new immigration policy:
Which countries are on the blacklist?
TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - For many successful companies, corporate social
responsibility is no longer just a boardroom buzzword—it's a key to
business. So, for the second year in a row, Maclean's, in
partnership with Jantzi-Sustainalytics, has uncovered the country's top
50 Socially Responsible Corporations.
While the reasons each company was selected vary—from Gildan Activewear
donating more than half a million dollars to Haitian relief efforts to
Loblaw's commitment to acquiring all of its seafood from sustainable
sources by 2013, to Nike making World Cup jerseys for nine national
teams out of bottles found in landfills—the underlying goal is the same:
make the world a better place.
Some of Canada's top socially responsible corporations
particular order—the 50 companies were not ranked.)
• Last year, it introduced the ActiveHybrid X6
and the ActiveHybrid 7, which consume 20 per cent less fuel than
conventionally powered models; the company's first fully electric car,
the Megacity, will be available in 2013
• One of only six global financial institutions
to adopt the Climate Principles, a voluntary framework to help financial
institutions manage the opportunities and risks of climate change.
• In 2009, Cascades' Norampac division launched
the "no-wax" box as an alternative to traditional waxed food packaging.
The box is 100 per cent recyclable.
• Incorporates life-cycle analysis into its product
stewardship program—this includes reuse or recyclability, responsible
end-of-life disposal, energy efﬁciency and material selection.
Also in this week's issue of Maclean's:
A BILLION-DOLLAR WASTE OF
For a meeting that is supposed to make the world safer and
more secure, the combined G8/G20 summit in Huntsville, Ont., and Toronto
entails an enormous amount of destruction and dislocation. There will be
a great economic inconvenience to citizens and businesses for the
benefit of 20,000 international dignitaries.
OTTAWA'S NEW IMMIGRATION BLACKLIST For years, the government has
been gathering data on the performance of newcomers and their children
based on ethnicity. While immigration officials deny they use
information to identify the best countries from which they recruit, the
numbers tell a different story. Are we quietly engaged in country
OUR MAN IN SOUTH AFRICA Four years of relentless training have
brought Hector Veraga to what will be his final World Cup. The
43-year-old assistant referee hails from the soccer cold-bed of
Winnipeg, and with the absence of Canada's national team, or indeed any
Canuck-born players, is this country's sole on-field representative at
South Africa 2010.
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