GUELPH, ON, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Co-operators has been recognized for
the fifth consecutive year among Canada's Green 30 by Aon Hewitt. The
list, which is based on Canadian employees' impressions of their
employers' environmental, social and economic sustainability
performance, was published in the May 19 issue of Maclean's magazine,
on newsstands today.
Employees of The Co-operators recognize and value the organization's
efforts to reduce its environmental impact and make positive
contributions to Canadian communities. Employee support of The
Co-operators sustainability journey is high, with 94 per cent of
Co-operators employees who completed the confidential survey on which
the Green 30 is based agreeing that The Co-operators is a "socially and
environmentally responsible organization."
"As an insurer, employer, community partner and as a co-operative, The
Co-operators strives to use its resources to help create more
sustainable Canadian communities," said Kathy Bardswick, president and
CEO of The Co-operators. "Our organization's ability to be a catalyst
for sustainability is dependent upon the ongoing support and commitment
of our employees across the country. And their support and commitment
have been the lifeblood of our sustainability journey."
Recently, The Co-operators launched the innovative ReClaim program, through which it re-directs salvageable claims materials suitable for
donation to local Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlets. The partnership
will not only provide an estimated $650,000 a year for Habitat for
Humanity, but will also divert approximately 400,000 kilograms of waste
from landfills. The program was conceived of by a Co-operators employee
who manages home insurance claims. The employee brought the idea
forward, knowing of the organization's genuine commitment to
sustainability and its openness to doing things in new and better ways.
Detailed information on the sustainability performance of The
Co-operators is available in its 2013 sustainability report, which was
released today on www.cooperators.ca.
Aon Hewitt is a global consulting company that compiles the Best Small
and Medium Employers, and Best Employers in Canada lists. Companies on
those lists are automatically considered for the Green 30, as green
initiatives go hand in hand with attracting, and retaining employees.
The Green 30 is compiled based on staff perceptions of environmental
initiatives, and their employers' efforts to consider long-term social,
environmental, and economic factors when making decisions.
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $36 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 by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens
in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada
by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE: The Co-operators
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