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Federated Co-operatives Limited
Federated Co-operatives employees

Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Federated Co-operatives Limited was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2016):

  • Federated Co-operatives helps students and new grads gain on-the-job experience through paid internships and co-op opportunities -- and also partners with post-secondary institutions to provide mentorship and guidance to students on topics such as resume writing and interview skills
  • Federated Co-operatives manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who are interested in pursuing post-secondary studies (to $1,000 per child)
  • Federated Co-operatives is an active member of the community and encourages employee volunteerism through the FCL Community Builders program, which recognizes employees from across the region with donations to the organizations where they volunteer
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Industry Retail and Farm Supplies Wholesalers
Established in Canada 1928
Full-time employees in Canada 3,052
Part-time employees in Canada 301
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 44 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

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

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

  • Federated Co-operatives established an environmental sustainability team in 2010 -- the employee-led team champions the co-operative's environmental commitment through a number of key initiatives, including the reduction of consumption of resources (from water to paper to electricity), the reduction of harmful emissions, waste reduction and diversion and green procurement strategies
  • Federated Co-operatives drafted its first environmental policy back in 1993 -- the policy was formally revised in 2009 and commits the co-operative to conduct operations in an environmentally sensitive manner as well as encourages environmental consciousness amongst its employees
  • Federated Co-operatives' subsidiary, The Grocery People, established the "Grown at Home" partnership with Prairie Fresh Food Corporation to source more locally grown food for its stores -- as a result over a dozen local Saskatchewan growers have increased their production by 25 percent, delivering over 300,000 kilograms of fresh produce to over 100 retail co-ops across the province
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Full-time employees in Canada 3,052
Employee green team Environmental Sustainability Team (est. 2010)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Executive Vice President of Strategy
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Policy (first formal policy introduced in 1993, revised in 2009)
Unique green initiatives Grown at Home and Raised at Home (unique programs to increase the amount of locally produced food), committed programs to support Fair-Trade certified products (over 60 products offered across the chain) as well as partnering with SeaChoice to ensure only sustainably harvested seafood is sold in its stores, Smart Shipping (program to maximize shipping efficiency across the chain's many locations)
In-house waste reduction and recycling automotive batteries (approximately 40,000 collected annually), plastic shopping bags, pallet shrink-wrap, crop protection chemical collection program
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Saskatoon Transit (EcoPass program), Carpool.ca, University of Saskatchewan, Call2Recycle, SeaChoice (sustainable seafood procurement program), Canadian Diabetes Association (used electronic collection program), SaskPower and Manitoba Hydro (rebate program to encourage a shift to LED or CFL lightbulbs)
Building footprint includes other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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