BlackBerry Limited
BlackBerry employees taking part in a garden clean-up

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why BlackBerry Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • BlackBerry adopts Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for its new construction, having achieved LEED Silver for head office buildings in Canada as well as LEED Gold certification for two additional buildings in Canada and the United States -- the company recently added 18 dedicated electric vehicle charging stations at its Waterloo and Ottawa locations, with one available for public use as part of the Sun Country Highway network of over 80 stations across Canada
  • BlackBerry has participated in the international Carbon Disclosure Project since 2009 -- the not-for-profit initiative provides a formal system for companies to measure, disclose, manage and share emissions and climate change information
  • In addition to being active in many industry initiatives to address sustainable technology manufacturing, BlackBerry follows its own Life Cycle Analysis program to address environmental impacts of its operations, from manufacturing to phone recycling, and has introduced numerous initiatives to address everything from supplier products to in-house waste management and an aggressive recycling program -- the company has achieved an impressive 87 percent waste diversion rate


Full-time employees in Canada 4,624
Employee green team includes a number of dedicated teams that manage Corporate Responsibility initiatives
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Global Head of Product Development
Formal strategy/policy name Corporate Responsibility initiative encompasses ISO 140001 Environmental Management Systems (currently expanding the program to encompass product design activities)
Unique green initiatives formal "Life Cycle Analysis" program (initiative to assess environmental impact of each product, from manufacture to ensuring proper recycling and disposal), reduced packaging size, universal charger and micro/mini USB cable (eliminates need for additional cables and reduced e-waste)
In-house waste reduction and recycling organics, wood, plastic film, production components, assembly-line gloves, foam, anti-static bags and e-waste (has achieved a waste diversion rate of 87 percent)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Call2Recycle and Recycle My Cell collection program, TravelWise (commuter program in Waterloo area), Carbon Disclosure Project (voluntarily shares information about its greenhouse gas emissions), UL Environment's "Sustainability for Mobile Phones" initiative, Information Technology Industry Council (industry policy development organization that includes the "Environment Leadership Council" that works to address sustainability issues, from design to recycling)
Head office LEED Silver
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes 18 electric vehicle charging stations (Waterloo and Ottawa)

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