TORONTO, May 4, 2012 /CNW/ - As an annual tradition, Holcim Canada once again rallied its employees, community partners and neighbours to celebrate Earth Week this year by undertaking activities to raise awareness about and to protect the natural environment in the communities where it operates.
Across the country, Holcim Canada's business divisions raised awareness for environmental issues close to home, focusing on solutions such as water conservation, recycling of household materials and hazardous waste, as well as collecting used clothing for local charities and participating in local park clean ups. In Quebec, the company is participating in Défi Climat, the province's largest program to raise awareness and action towards combatting climate change.
"We were delighted by the response this year from the community to partner with us and to contribute to the sustainable future of the natural environment in their own backyards," said Andrea Bourrie, Director, Planning and Regulatory Affairs at Holcim Canada. "We welcomed public officials, such as the Honourable Lisa Raitt, MP Halton, members of the public and community organizations such as Scouts Canada and the Girl Guides of Canada who joined our employees to plant over 10,000 native trees at our aggregate quarries." Over 700 members of the public, including neighbours, Holcim Canada Community Advisory Panel members, and students from local schools pitched in at tree planting events held at various Holcim Canada locations.
In 2012, Holcim Canada is also celebrating the centennial of its parent company, Holcim Ltd, and marking the occasion with the Together for Communities employee volunteer initiative. Through the initiative, employees are being encouraged to contribute one day of volunteer service to local communities. This initiative is a perfect complement to Holcim Canada's existing corporate social responsibility program, and an excellent opportunity to engage its employees, neighbours and stakeholders in a partnership to make a major contribution in the communities where Holcim Canada operates.
About Holcim Canada
Holcim (Canada) Inc. is one of the country's leading producer and supplier of products and services for the construction industry, serving customers across Canada. With 3,000 employees, Holcim Canada manufactures cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete and provides construction services to many of Canada's largest infrastructure projects. It has a portfolio of brands, including Dufferin in Ontario and Demix in Quebec.
Holcim Canada is a member of Holcim Group, a Swiss-based multinational with operations in more than 70 countries worldwide. A leading global brand, Holcim is recognized for its long-term financial performance, its environmental leadership, corporate social responsibility and sustainable construction.
Image with caption: "Eagerly lending a helping hand to plant native trees at the Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry (CNW Group/Holcim Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120504_C4456_PHOTO_EN_13146.jpg
Image with caption: "Over 700 members of the public and community organizations such as Scouts Canada and the Girl Guides of Canada joined Holcim Canada employees to plant native trees at their sites across Ontario. (CNW Group/Holcim Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120504_C4456_PHOTO_EN_13148.jpg
Image with caption: "More than 10,000 native trees were planted at Holcim Canada's aggregate quarries across Ontario. (CNW Group/Holcim Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120504_C4456_PHOTO_EN_13147.jpg
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