GUELPH, ON, April 28 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row several
members of The Co-operators group of companies were honoured among
Canada's "Green 30" employers. The current edition of Maclean's,
released today, includes The Green 30 - a list of Canada's top
employers that are highly regarded for their commitment to
environmental, social and economic sustainability. Specifically
The Co-operators, based in Guelph, Ontario, which includes co-operative
holding company The Co-operators Group Ltd. as well as subsidiaries
Co-operators General Insurance Company, HB Group Insurance Management
Ltd. of Mississauga, and Addenda Capital of Montreal; and
Co-operators Life Insurance Company of Regina, Saskatchewan.
International human resources firm Aon Hewitt introduced The Green 30
list in 2009, using results of confidential surveys completed by
employees. The surveys gauge staff members' assessments of their
employers' "green" credentials. The 30 companies that made the list
were those judged to excel at:
considering long-term social, environmental and economic impacts when it
working to minimize the impact of its operations, products and services
on the environment; and
adopting and disclosing practices that are environmentally responsible.
The Co-operators continues to transform its operations through its
"sustainability journey." This has included reviewing operations in all
of its member companies to improve the environmental, economic and
social impacts it has in Canadian communities.
Insurance products and services with sustainability attributes have been
created, including hybrid vehicle discounts and environmentally
responsible home policy endorsements. Paper usage and other waste has
been reduced, and corporate office buildings are being retrofitted to
improve energy efficiency. The fleet of 400 company vehicles has been
overhauled to introduce more fuel-efficient models, including hybrid
vehicles, and efforts are being made to reduce travel. Overall, The
Co-operators has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 10 per cent
compared to the baseline year of 2007.
"We've made some great strides, but continue to work hard to be a more
sustainable organization and a catalyst for a sustainable society,"
said Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. "It is
working together, from our board of directors to our staff members
across the country, that we make a positive contribution to a better,
healthier, and more sustainable tomorrow."
The Green 30 list is based on confidential information collected from
employees, business leaders and human resources professionals. For more
information on The Co-operators sustainability efforts, please visit
the Sustainability section of www.cooperators.ca.
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 creating
a more sustainable tomorrow. In 2010, The Co-operators was ranked #2
among the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada and listed among the 50
Best Employers in Canada. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
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