WWF-Canada recognizes corporate conservation champions for 2016

Meet WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Work award recipients

TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Work program recognized three outstanding corporate champions for their efforts to spearhead innovative employee engagement and sustainability initiatives in the workplace. The awards were announced last night at WWF-Canada's 2016 annual public meeting.

It was a year of celebration, innovation and excitement for Living Planet @ Work (LP@W), which is presented by RSA Canada. Across the country, more than 1,400 LP@W champions found ways to engage and empower their colleagues to take environmental action and raise funds for vital conservation work. WWF-Canada is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of our top champions, who went above and beyond to make sustainability a priority.

WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Work award winners

Rebecca Stewart, The Printing House Ltd. –  Sustainability Trailblazer Award
Stewart received this award for demonstrating exceptional initiative and creativity to inspire colleagues to take action for nature, including organizing a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event, leading her company's Smart Office Challenge and inspiring 10 of her colleagues to join her for WWF-Canada's CN Tower Climb for Nature.

OLG – Excellence in Environmental Employee Engagement
OLG received this award for implementation of their Green Leadership Certificate program. Through online modules focused on sustainability in the workplace, the initiative empowers employees to make an even bigger eco-impact and engage colleagues in environmental actions, positioning sustainability as a core aspect of leadership.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Distinction in Workplace Giving for Nature
Hewlett Packard Enterprise rallied employees to raise an incredible $30,000 for WWF-Canada's conservation programs by participating in all three Spring Things initiatives this year (CN Tower Climb for Nature, Polar Dip and Canoe Challenge).

For more information about our award winners, read our LP@W Awards blog.

David Miller, president and CEO of WWF-Canada, says:
"WWF-Canada is pleased to recognize the exceptional efforts of these conservation champions, who are on the frontlines helping to bring sustainability to life in their workplaces for the good of business and the planet."

Martin Thompson, president and CEO of RSA Canada, says:
"Employees are every company's most important asset and engaging them on sustainability – an issue that they care deeply about – is directly linked to business success while also helping nature thrive. We are proud to support WWF's Living Planet @ Work program and to congratulate this year's award winners for championing the shift towards sustainability at work. They are inspirational and leading examples of how employee engagement across the organization can drive positive change for the environment."

About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. For more information, visit wwf.ca

About Living Planet @ Work: 
Living Planet @ Work, presented by RSA Canada, was created to inspire, empower and engage environmentally minded employees to lead footprint reduction initiatives, sustainability awareness campaigns at work and build support for WWF's conservation efforts across Canada. Today, more than 1,400 champions from nearly 1,000 companies use the program and are taking action for the good of business and the planet. To learn more about becoming a champion, visit wwf.ca/atwork 

SOURCE WWF-Canada

Image with caption: "2016 Living Planet @ Work award winners pose with Martin Thompson, RSA Canada president and CEO, Frances Edmonds, Head of Sustainability for HP Canada, and WWF-Canada president and CEO, David Miller. (CNW Group/WWF-Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161117_C3231_PHOTO_EN_821695.jpg

For further information: Emily Vandermeer, communications specialist, evandermeer@wwfcanada.org, +1 416-489-4567 ext. 7298

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